Sunday, May 06, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

Last spring, i drew cherry blossoms, but the drawing was careful tight.  This time I wanted to loosen up a bit, and to test the paper in the new Handbook sketchbook.  I began this by wetting the paper and splattering paint from the end of the brush on to the page.  I did it 3 times as the paper dried to try and get some depth of colour.  I let the paint spread and flow as it wanted (that's one of the best things about water colours).  I lightly drew in branches and randomly added darker flowers.  I accentuated with white gel pen and black ink.  It's different from my usual, but it was fun.
Cherry blossoms are truly a sign of spring, before the leaves are even out on the trees.  It brings hope after the long, barren winter.  Surely, the universe is unfolding as it should.

12 comments:

Stacy said...

I'm crazy for this one.

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Minerva said...

Beautiful flowers! They sure light up our spring days!

Alex said...

It's so sweet looking and makes the whole season seem so much livelier =) I am a big fan of Fall because I love looking at changing colors over the days... but this is something that would make me fall in love with Spring as well =)

nanke's stuff said...

I love the looseness and depth of this one - very nice, indeed! nancy

Carolyn Dube said...

I love this! So great how you kept it loose!

Jo | Crafting the Sacred said...

Lovely - it really does sum up the hopeful feelings of spring.

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

Reminds me of a beautiful tree that just finished blooming here. You captured the essence of new life and spring so well!

Timaree said...

Nice bit of spring. I like your blossoms.

meegan said...

really like the new technique, beautiful colours too.

marancat said...

This is lovely - there is something so satisfying about painting flowers. I have been looking at a couple of books by Ann Blockley and am trying some of her techniques - hope to post something soon.

Anchesa Kyamara said...

Love your painting. Gives me this spring feeling even if the weather doesn't. :)