Wednesday, 29 June 2011


During spring planting time I was looking for some exotic plants and came across this DATURA deep purple with lime green member of the Bragmansia family. This one, unlike an earlier posting of Angel Trumpets which has its blooms hanging down, has them growing upwards to the light.

I decided to sketch them yesterday, sitting at the bottom of a garden lounger so I could get on a level with the blooms rather than peering down from my little patio area. It wasn't until I had nearly finished, that I realised the sky had gone really dark and there was thunder and lightening drawing near and I was feeling cold in my summery top and skirt!

Needless to say, they were sketched and painted into my new Columbine garden sketchbook. Here are the left and right side of my second double spread.

... and try to imagine this watercolour alongside on the right hand side of the book:

The dirty pages are from balancing my watercolour palette on the page as I worked on my knee!!


debwardart said...

I like how you indicate the colors you used and type of paint. I do that also, but either write on the back of the painting or onto a note pad. Will you now create a larger painting from your sketch?

Vicki Greene said...

Great sketch! This is a very interesting plant.

RH Carpenter said...

Well done and thanks for sharing the colors (I love seeing color charts, I'm such a color geek!). I've never seen any but the white ones beside houses, standing upright so this was a new one for me :) And I love that you were so in the zone you didn't notice the darkness or the weather :)

Christiane Kingsley said...

Beautiful flower and sketch, Joan!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

I was a bit worried I had made this exotic plant look boring as most of the blooms had either gone over or were yet to come out when I sketched it in the garden. I should have surrounded the drawing with lime greens and deep purple splodges to give the feel of the tropical colours. Glad you all liked it despite not doding that - thought I still could!!

Robert A Vollrath said...

I love your art Joan. I'll try to comment more often.