At last I have finished my Echinacea painting. I seem to have been working on this forever, but in reality it is only a few weeks. This is because I have only been able to spend a short time painting each time I sit down. Luckily I have been working from photos I took of one of my own plants, so the amount of time taken did not matter. Also I am still at the stage where I need plenty of ‘thinking time’ when I am working on a subject. What appears right one day will look totally different the next!
Echinacea or Cone Flower became popular with garden designer Piet Oudolf’s style of prairie planting. Perennials and grasses are planted in large drifts and look absolutely stunning, but I was struck by the bold lines and simplicity of this one on its own.
I had meant to photograph all the stages of painting but became so engrossed that I forgot!
And so to the finished painting…
This is the largest painting I have attempted so far, being 17″ x 12″, and I did find it quite difficult to handle. I usually work flat, or at a slight angle, on a table and this made for quite a stretch to reach the top of the painting. Just another part of the learning process!
I went to a demonstration by the Norfolk watercolour artist Martin Sexton this week at a local art group. It is fascinating to watch an artist at work and see the picture take shape. He has a very relaxed approach to demonstrating and makes you feel totally at ease, welcoming all questions, however simple. Although I do not usually paint landscapes, I found it very inspiring and picked up a few tips along the way.