Thursday, May 31, 2007

Fave


We dined on our first garden fresh broad beans last night. After I painted these this morning, I ate them my favourite way - raw.

I've wasted an extraordinary amount of time lately struggling with a watercolour of a paeony. Pink is not my favourite colour but the bloom came from two gorgeous bunches given to me by friends. I didn't give enough thought to the palette or the background and no matter what I did the flower looked pasted on. Finally I threw it in a bathtub of water, gave it a good scrubbing and finished it off with dry watercolour pencils. My first Mixed Media which I present with mixed feelings.


31cm x 25cm Mixed Media

13 comments:

brian nelson said...

Good save on the flowers. They really look good! The beans are great too. You are living my dream! Ah to run away to Italy! We bicycled across Italy a few years ago. So hard to leave for home!

Robyn said...

Brian - Thank you :) Where exactly did you cycle? I've just been enjoying your blog and sent a link from your tragic tomato story to HWEM (He who encourages me). As a tomato fancier he'll be fascinated and extremely sympathetic, I'm sure.

Dave said...

I think that peony is very successful, it has that soft, downy texture and a nice range of pinks and purples. Those beans look very tasty too!

vivien said...

I think it's very successful too

and though I hate broad beans - they do look good enough to eat :)

Joan said...

Sometimes when we get frustrated we do something that really helps. This looks good with the dry watercolor pencils added. It looks great. Those beans look like they're very tasty. I agree with Brian. You're living my dream in Italy too. Ciao!!

mARTa said...

che bella la fiore and I think those are the beans I eat roasted with chile and lime! I sturggle with flowers and pink is hard for me..I never get it to look 'real' Not a waste of time...you spent time creating!

Katherine said...

Hi Robyn -
Well that peony looks to me just like the peonies on the photos which i took yesterday at Kew Gardens. I definitely agree - "Good Save". It's amazing that a good bath will sometimes do for a watercolour! ;)

I hope you'll enjoy the 'Interior Landscape of Flowers' month! :D

BTW - those broad beans look really edible to me too!

Robyn said...

Thank you all for your morale boosting comments. They are really appreciated.

Marta - I'd love your recipe for the chilli and lime broad beans.

Katherine - I can't believe I'm doing this, but yes, I'm coming along for the ride with you and Georgia O'Keeffe.

Lindsay said...

This is beautiful inspite of your struggles!!

mARTa said...

lol. I don't have a recipe...I buy them that way as a snack. Mexicans love chili and lime on just about everything: all fruits and many veggies like cucumber, tomato, even coconut! I imagine the beans are roasted in some sort of oil and dusted with chili powder and lime juice.

Casey Klahn said...

Lovely.
I had a bouquet of these with some Irises recently.

caseytoussaint said...

What a gorgeous peony - what counts is the end product. the broad bean are lovely - they look perfect on the ivory sketchbook paper, and I love your layout.

Robyn said...

Thank you Vivien, Lindsay, Casey K and Casey. Sorry it's taken me so long to express my thanks.

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