Montage of Colorado Wildflowers #1-5
Each 2.5 x 3.5 inches
soft pastel on black Strathmore paper
These were so fun to do! The size is perfect, the paper and pastels cooperated, and now I have five little botanical paintings of some of the amazing wildflowers found in Colorado. I think I will try to do a few of these every day - they are a great way to combine drawing and painting into a regular thing in addition to whatever else is going in the studio.
A truly bizarre thing happened when I was taking photos of these earlier today, though. I normally take my photos outside, and place the painting on the ground, and hold the camera directly above it to take the photo. It's simple and depending on light conditions, I can take pretty darn good photos like this.
Anyway, I took the last 3 down to photograph on my front step, and set them all on the clipboard. Unsecured. I didn't really appreciate exactly how windy it was outside, or I would have taken the photos one at a time clipped to the board. So, no sooner had I taken the first photo, a wind gust blows two off the board. I quickly grab them and then note that the Aspen Fleabane (which is accidentally mis-titled here as "Arctic Fleabane") has blown away in front of the garage.
In the time it took me to place the two paintings inside and go back to grab the other, it had disappeared. Gone. Absolutely nowhere to be found. I literally searched the entire parking lot, under all the cars, the street, and everywhere within a 100-ft. radius, and it was simply nowhere. Unbelievable. Well, that's a mistake I won't make again. So, I had to re-do it. Probably v#2 is better anyway, but still...