Saturday, August 2, 2008

Happy Little Accident

Red Marsh Mallow
Jan Gibson

I've been trying to find a relatively light-fast red watercolor that I like and bought a tube of Terry Harrison's Roman Red when my husband took me out to lunch and to Hobby Lobby this past Monday.

The red in the painting doesn't show as it is in real life but is fairly close. I don't know why reds are so hard to scan or photograph!

I honestly wasn't expecting to paint a "keeper" but think this came out pretty good - much better than I'd thought it would.

Isn't that the way it always happens? I learned a long time ago to always use good paper and paints even when I'm just doodling. The mallows & their relatives are my favorite flowers and we have both the red and the pink marsh mallows. They look entirely different fron one another though & I wonder if they're truly related.

The red, as you can see, looks like a hibiscus while the pink looks more like a large, bushy hollyhock.

I guess it doesn't matter whether they're related or not, I think both of them are beautiful and I'm pleased to have painted a decent rememberance for those cold, winter days that are sure to arrive sooner than we want them to.


lyn said...

Nice blog and your watercolor dogs and cats are very nice. Not easy to do in watercolor!

Jan said...

Thank you, Lyn. I appreciate your stopping by and leaving a comment.