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Friday, February 13, 2015

Would You Like to Paint Bluebonnets?

'Hidden Brushes'             9x12                pastel           ©Karen Margulis
It's on my bucket list. There are flowers and places I want to paint. The bluebonnets of Texas are high on that list. This Spring I get my chance. I will be heading to Dripping Springs Texas in April to teach a 3 day workshop. I will be hosted by Marsha Young and her wonderful Butterfly Gallery.  Of course we are hoping that the bluebonnets will be in bloom but we will have plenty to paint!

I decided to try my hand at the bluebonnets today. They seemed so familiar. That is because they are in the Lupine family and I am very familiar with the lupine in Maine and Iceland. I chose a piece of blue paper (art spectrum colorfix)  This is not my preferred surface but I thought the blue tone would give me a head start on my flowers. It was a fairly dark surface which allowed the intense colors of the flowers to pop.

These photos show the block in stages of the painting

I would like to try another bluebonnet painting on light toned paper to see the difference. I see a series coming and I can't wait for Texas!  You can visit the Butterfly Gallery website for more information and registration. This workshop will be both studio and plein air and it is geared to artists of all levels. Contact me with questions!

1 comment:

robertsloan2art said...

I wonder if there's a difference between Texas bluebonnets and the ones I saw on the East Coast. Your painting is so beautiful and brought the memory back like a rush! Blue flowers in the undergrowth in big masses are so gorgeous. Love the painting and the idea.

Sounds like it's going to be a fantastic workshop!