Ingredient list

With not much to sketch outdoors (grey sky, grey light, grey trees), I came home from the grocery store with a small bouquet of colour to cook up. A simple recipe for my dinner: mostly Quinacridone Rose for the flowers (with a little Cobalt in the darkest parts and a touch of yellow too); Hansa Yellow and Phthalo Blue for the leaves (with a bit of Ultramarine to dull it down); and a blueish grey made from Cerulean for the background. Put it all together and shake it up. Sketched in a Handbook Journal, 9″ x 12″.Bouquet

36 Comments on “Ingredient list”

  1. Elaine Archambault says:

    Alstroemerias always uplift my spirit, thanks for sharing your lovely flowers with us,


  2. joani1 says:

    WOW- so beautiful!!!

    Sent from my iPhone



  3. Soni says:

    Gorgeous !!! Love the recipe

    Thank you for another great one


  4. Susan B says:

    Beautiful. I love your use of colors – in all of your sketches and paintings. They are clear and vibrant, but harmonious and not overly bright.


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  6. Gail Young says:

    Thank you for including the colors used!


  7. Dml says:

    Simply beautiful:)
    Thank you!


  8. DiniAlice says:

    Great recipe. Thanks.


  9. Alison says:

    You know I LOVE the energy and spirit in your flower paintings. This one really sings! And a very clever post — well written as always.


  10. ckoffler ckoffler says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Carol Koffler


  11. Sue McKee says:

    A gorgeous painting. You have painted these flowers beautifully. Thank you for every and all teaching details that you provide with your work. I don’t know how you manage to produce so much wonderful art and still get the mundane chores of daily life done. How do you do it?


    • Hi Sue, Thanks for writing. As for how I get this done, where do I begin?
      1. I have a wonderful husband and family who support me
      2. Lots of stuff gets neglected in my house!
      3. I make it a priority
      4. I try to draw early in the day when I have more energy.
      5. I try to be realistic about the amount of time I have and the size of sketch I do.
      6. I carry a sketchbook with me at all times because you never know when you might have a few minutes to draw. Even a few minutes every day will improve your skills.


  12. Ineke says:

    What a beautiful bouquet to lift up our spirits on what was a rather dreary day!


  13. Bernadette says:

    . A wonderful recipe that brings a breath of spring at this onset of winter.


  14. Judy Sopher says:

    So simple and so lovely. I also want to thank you for the recipe.


  15. Monique says:

    Thank you for the recipe..:) I love your you hang your art in your home?


    • Hi Monique,
      I do hang my art but mostly I love to look at other people’s work so that is what is hanging on my walls. I have drawers and shelves full of my paintings but I would rather if they hung in other people’s houses.


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  18. joantav says:

    Gorgeous bouquet! Love the colors you used…definitely a painting that brings a bit of cheer to gloomy days. Now the flowers will last!!!


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