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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Linda's Lilies

It is not growing like a tree
in bulk doth make man better be;
Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere,
A lily of a day
is fairer in May
Although it fall and die that night,
It was the plant of flower and light,
In small proportions we just beauties see;
And in short measures, life may perfect be.
-Benjamin Johnson


Hahnemuhle & Bockingford watercolour blocks, pigment liner and watercolour
©A Davies

38 comments:

Lin said...

STUNNING, Anita -- both of them!! I'm crazy about lines in watercolor -- and this is magnificent!

mociehocie said...

Lin is absolutely right- your lilies ARE absolutely stunning! I wish I could do that!!!

Natalie Ford said...

Stunning!

Out of interest, do you use hot-pressed paper?

Deborah said...

Lovely Lilies! These are great. I like the contrast of the two different drawings.

Serena said...

I love them both but the one without the colouring is my favourite....great depth and detail! Did you use a pigment liner for that one too, Anita?

Anita said...

Thankyou so much Lin!

Anita said...

Thankyou Mociehocie!

Anita said...

Thanx Natalie!
The pen drawing is on Hahnemuhle HP paper. I've had this block in my art stack for sometime now and didn't like it much for watercolour when I tried it some time back. It's ideal for pen though.
The watercolour is on Bockingford NOT 200lb paper...My favourite paper.

Anita said...

Thankyou Deborah!

Anita said...

Thanx Serena!
Yes, the drawing is pigment liner.
In the cold light of morning, I see the watercolour hasn't scanned too well here, one petal has no colour at all...That isn't so on the actual piece. The block is 11x15", even though the painting is smaller, so it didn't fit in the scanner. I guess some of the mid tones were lost in transaction.

caseytoussaint said...

These are breathtaking!

Joan Yoshioka said...

Oh, these flowers are so beautiful! You did a wonderful job with the white lilies. I always find it hard to do white flowers justice but you did them to perfection!

Anita said...

Thankyou so much Casey!

Anita said...

Thankyou Joan. I like to paint whites, it's the yellows I'm not fond of.

Nina Johansson said...

Wow, these are gorgeous! I have the exact same kind of lilies on our kitchen table right now, painted one a few days ago. They are lovely, and you have captured them extremely well. Love the composition of your images as well.

E-J said...

Beautiful! What a coincidence - I've been on a lily kick too, the past week. Fortunately my Ely market lilies are lasting longer than Ben Johnson's ... I can see his point, and it's eloquently made, but I prefer mine to give me value for money ... ;-)

Hope to see you on Saturday! x

Dave said...

Beautiful, delicate work.

Robyn said...

I loved the pen version at WetCanvas but now I see the watercolour, I'm besotted. Lovely everything!

mARTa said...

the watercolor is totally awesome! I can get my nose into that lily!!!

gingermoggy said...

Oh Anita - they've all said it... just lovely work, Jules

Linda said...

Wow - these really are both just beautiful!

SCquiltaddict said...

these are both just gorgeous...lovely flowers

laserone said...

WOW. Both of these are amazing! I don't know which I like best, they are each so different. Both gorgeous!

Anita said...

Thankyou Nina. They are gorgeous but their scent is overwhelming, which is why I have them...My Mum was gifted them for her Birthday and then realised it was the cause of her nightly headaches!

Anita said...

Great minds E-J! ;)
Ben Johnson?....See you Saturday!

Anita said...

Thankyou Dave!

Anita said...

Thankyou Robyn!

Anita said...

LOL...Thanx Marta!

Anita said...

Thankyou so much Jules!

Anita said...

Thankyou Linda!

Anita said...

Thankyou Margaret. They are such a sensual flower.

Anita said...

Thankyou Laser.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Lovely work Anita.

Anita said...

Thankyou Andrea!

phthaloblu said...

I've probably already said this before, but, you are so talented! That top one! Oh my. Beautiful line variation and the curves! I loike the watercolor, too, but that b&w is just gorgeous.

Anita said...

Thankyou so much for your kind words Phthaloblu.

Sherry said...

I have been looking at lots of your sketches, which are all interesting, but this sketch of lilies is just lovely. Oh my. So elegant.

Anita said...

Sherry, thankyou so much for taking time to browse my blog I am so pleased you enjoyed your time here and left your kind words.