Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What to do with a Studio full of flowers?!

Hi Everyone, It is a nice rainy day in Florida and do we ever need some rain! I am cleaning in my studio after having to take out all the flowers from last week that have wilted. Friends brought beautiful blooms to me to use in paintings. The blooms don't last as long as I would like, but I enjoyed them every minute I could!

There were beautiful Hydrangea blooms that I am going to try to root. Keep your fingers crossed for success! There were unique Gloriosa Lilies which have such a pretty orange red color.

The Fringed Hibiscus above was so charming. The bloom only lasts one day, but on this branch there were several buds, so every day I had a new bloom! That gave me more time to paint it.

The Passion Vine blooms are the most complex things you can imagine and difficult to paint, especially since they only last one day. The first day I drew them and painted on the background. After that, I had to paint them from memory.

The first day's work. I was working on the background and masking out some of the leaves, stems and the Fringed Hibiscus.

A little further along. Next comes the vases, the cloth at the bottom and the flowers and leaves.
Finished painting. Love the shadows on the striped cloth. O.K. friends, I'm ready for more blooms. Keep them coming!


  1. Hi, Egretta. Your studio must smell wonderful. I've seen hints on how to start hydrangeas on Pinterest. Doesn't look all that hard. Ha. I am hoping, waiting, praying that mine survive this awful weather and just grow. Yes. Snow again this morning. We are supposed to get 6-12 inches. Can you believe that? I love the painting. It looks so natural and beautiful.

  2. That's a lot of flowers in the studio! Nice painting too!

  3. The Passion Vine flowers are quite unique looking. Your painting looks really pretty and I love the striped table cloth you've used in it.