5/19/06

Lilacs


It is that time of year - the promise of summer, but what's with all this RAIN!!!??? I am SICK of it.
I picked these lilacs for my Wednesday and Thursday classes to paint. They did a wonderful job. Some started out with wet paper, some with dry. Some of them did one of each to compare the two techniques. This was my demo, done on dry paper - it is done on Fabriano paper - something different for me. I always use Arches and I'm not sure where the Fabriano came from, and I'm not sure if I like it. It is okay to paint on, but I don't really like the look of the texture. It's just different.

These lilacs grow beside our house along the curb, and the neighbors say they see lots of drive-by-pickings. They are irresistible, and as long as they leave the blossoms alone on our side, I won't complain too much.

When I was a kid daisies and sweet peas were in such abundance at the cottage, that I still have trouble realizing that all of the sweet peas and daisies in the world aren't mine for the picking.

4 comments:

Lindsay said...

Catherine, this is so beautiful and fresh. I loved the yuppo post below. Ok, maybe I WILL try this stuff. But I've been resisting. Maybe for a couple of direct wc sketches.

Linda said...

:-) Love the lilacs! (And I remember freely picking sweet peas, too!)

Anonymous said...

This turned out so well. I like the background. I can almost smell them. Karen

Kathleen Marie said...

gorgeous color... and I do miss the smell of lilacs.

I fear I would be a roadside picker if I lived near your home. ha ha!