Ahhhh ….. I took a break from studying the form of facial planes to enjoy painting the blossoming hollyhocks again before they shrivel from the lack of rain.
Until a week ago, my sole inspiration for painting hollyhocks, aside from the gorgeous plants themselves, has been Jane Dyer’s illustrations for Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Susan Abbott is teaching a plein air workshop in Provence and has been posting her paintings on her blog. Susan’s hollyhocks along a narrow street in Viens has become inspiration number two!
After brewing a cup of fresh Rose Geranium Tea, I saw that the green shape adjacent to the center blossom was too similar in value, shape and size. I broke up the shape and softened some edges.
Paintings: watercolors. Color palette is Alizarin crimson, Gamboge, Jerry’s Blue and a tiny touch of cadmium red.