The first bouquet. Pen and watercolor on paper, 6" x 9". Lifesize detail below.
I wasn't planning to do pretty flower pictures, but I brought home this little bouquet of violets and a dwarf tulip from the garden today and put them in a small, heavy Victorian glass vase with a gold wash on the rim - and they ended up calling out to be drawn more than anything else in the house. I love the busy but delicate shapes of all the members of the violet family, from Johnny jump-ups to pansys, but these ordinary field violets are probably my favorites. I wasn't totally into this drawing - I was rushing because we had to meet someone - and had some trouble as a result. (Perpetual note to self: Beth, don't rush!) Anyway, it's all OK, this is practice!