i'm really proud of this one, because i think it might be the best watercolor i've done of anything realistic without a sketch underneath, just going in with paint and thinking about shapes and color.
(which is harder than it sounds, lol!)
rarely does a week go by without someone asking, "hey lauren, do you know how to draw an artichoke?!"* yes. yes, i do!
about a month ago, ken oliver posted a color challenge on his blog, to create something with turquoise, chartreuse, yellow ochre and burnt umber color burst. so i painted a mandala...
...and also a little beachy scene.
speaking of mandalas: this one's got a pineapple theme!
(which is sliiiiiightly less weird than it sounds; "PINEAPPLE" was the prompt that day in the #backtopattern challenge on instagram)
another #backtopattern entry: this one was "STRIPES".
meanwhile, the #sisterswithheartinartprompt last week was "SUCCULENTS".
(and YES, if you haven't already noticed, my "default drawing" is almost always a mandala.)
finally, a fish. one that's so pschedelic, i almost think we should call him a PHISH, lol. i'm honestly not sure what the inspiration for this was, i found it waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in my sketchbook before this one. i do really like those waves though... and i've used a bunch of different shades of color burst together, but you can still see distinct patches of most of them, which is kinda cool...
*this is a total lie, no one's ever asked me that, not in my entire life. but artichoke was one of the prompts in @AisFor Anika's #BackToPattern challenge on IG and it made me think, "i wonder if i know how to draw an artichoke?" (right there is EXACTLY what i love about challenges and prompt lists: they make you wonder... and sometimes create... things you'd never consider on your own! ♥♥♥