Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Playing with the watercolors again. Can you guess which one I painted first? Well, I'm still not satisfied with any of them. Why am I so preoccupied with painting a thorny, noxious weed? Well, first of all, they are very common in our landscape. And, they're not all bad, really. They make beautiful flowers, and when the seedhead opens, the most wonderful little balls of fluff fill the air. My children chase them and catch them and make "pets" of them. I did too when I was their age. And second, the butterflies and bumblebees love them, so they can't be all bad :)
I photographed this one out in the meadow. It's not one of the prettier purple varieties like the one I was trying - emphasize trying - to paint. I couldn't even find one on the internet that looks exactly like these, so I'm not absolutely sure that this is indeed a bull thistle. It might be some other variety, but I couldn't find it.
Anyway, the reason I'm trying to learn to paint one is because, as I said, the butterflies love these things. Apparently those blooms are rich in sweet nectar. Must be why they developed such an elaborate self-defense.
I've also been practicing my butterflies. Remember this guy from my last post? The plan is to eventually paint a butterfly sitting daintily atop one of those fluffy flowers, and who knows? It might even be turned into an embroidery eventually.
Clearly, I need a lot more practice.
Hope ya'll are having a lovely week, and that you are able to enjoy some butterflies and wildflowers wherever you are :)