Libraries

I’ve not made time for a lot of reading lately, but I’ve always loved books and libraries. (Speaking of, who goes to the actual library these days? It’s been some time for me, but I hope they don’t become obsolete! They’re so relaxing.) It’s a dream of mine to have a space brimming with books, comfy leather chairs, and nice-smelling candles. And I dream of having a nook specifically designed for reading, like the ones you see beneath staircases or tucked in a corner.

When I think of books, I think of fall. I’ve been thinking of the season a lot lately, and the feeling it brings. Thoughts of apple cider, socks, and throw blankets haven’t been too far from my mind 🙂

But for the moment, I’ll enjoy the hot weather we’ve been having! Summer goes by too fast as it is.

More Sketches

Hey! I’ve been busy filling up pages in my sketchbook and I thought I’d share a few here.

First things first. Here is the cover:

I initially just hand-lettered “The Daily Sketch”, but remembered I had a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen, so I used this to give it some flair.

This sketch was inspired, in part, by Joanna Gaines/Magnolia. (I know, I’ve previously said I love/hate them. But I can’t pass up their great eye for design!)

Also, a green jadeite carafe:

I randomly got a bolt of inspiration to paint landscapes (I haven’t done them for a looooong time. Really. It was probably 9th grade) so I settled on the French Alps and the Grand Canyon. They are two totally different geographical areas, but both so gorgeous.

I went a little crazy with the color on the Grand Canyon so it’s quite abstract. I kinda enjoyed it 😉

And lastly, here are some (delicious) Rainier cherries:

Since a sketchbook is for, well, sketching, these illustrations are quite loose and unfinished. But I loved every minute creating them!

 

Orange Blossom Tree

Here’s a digitally-colored illustration of an orange blossom tree I sketched. (Or maybe those are clementines!)

I must be loving orange and yellow of late since my last post had the same color-scheme!

Floral Assortment – Flower Series No. 30!

Hey, guess what?! I made it to day 30! It’s so awesome. I thought I’d get bored of painting flowers for 30 days, but my motivation only waned a couple times. I’ve definitely learned a lot in this challenge. Probably the biggest take-away is that I  can do things when I set my mind to it. I finished a 30 day challenge, guys! (Okay, should I quit mentioning it? I’m just surprised, honestly.)

For the final piece, I wanted to combine most (if not all) the types of flowers into one single painting, which I did. I opted to use gouache, since of late I’ve been quite in love with it. Really. (Thanks Anna Bond for giving the inspiration!)

What was your favorite post? Or what flower in today’s post is your favorite? Comment below!

Now my busy social life (hah!) demands I go interact with people, so I’m signing off!

A great weekend to y’all! Thanks for visiting my blog! (I really should thank you more often. Really.)

Wisteria – Flower Series No. 25

This post is a bit late, but it still fits the one-post-per-day criteria!

Wisteria reminds me of weeping willow trees. I’d love to visit a garden with wisteria vines hanging down from an archway. It seems so magical and sort of mysterious.

Roses – Flower Series No. 15

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Roses are such a delicate and difficult flower to paint. I’m not overly fond of this flower but I do acknowledge its widespread appeal and status as a classic in the field of romance. For some reason it puts me off, and I don’t know why. But that doesn’t matter.

What matters is I’m halfway through this Flower Series challenge (of sorts) and I haven’t missed a day! It feels good.

Hopefully I can keep it up 🙂