April 10, 2005

narcissus

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Narcissus 'Thalia' opened today in the backyard - sometime between two and five.

I know this because I was out in the yard this afternoon, puttering around with weeding and pruning and the beginnings of spring clean-up. I remember noticing the buds. When I sat down to draw, one of them had opened. Thalia is a delicate daffodil, with multiple blossoms opening on one stem.

I now see what people have been saying about watercolor beading up on the moleskine sketchbook pages. Usually I work with watercolor crayon, and that goes on smoothly, either with a wet brush touched to a crayon tip or with wet brush over applied dry crayon. Today I had left my crayons inside and had a set of gouache with me instead. Very hard to get the color to go down smoothly. Finally decided to just treat it as an effect and work with it.

Posted by EGP at April 10, 2005 6:29 PM