Giant Bee Getting Pollen Shower from Passionfruit

This bee was as big as the flower! It could barely fit under the passionfruit flower pollen shower head. And it was just coated with yellow powder. (Compare the size of this bee to the one pictured here: This is How a Bee Approaches a Passionfruit Flower.) Here is a side view of these pollen […]

This is How a Bee Approaches a Passionfruit Flower

A passionfruit flower looks like an alien landing pad (see Passionfruit Flowers). As a human, it was hard for me to look away from these unbelievable constructions. The bee, pictured below, also seemed hypnotized. The flower led it, via the purple-to-white-to-deep purple spokes, to its center. A central stalk suspends shower head-looking appendages containing pollen. […]

Flower Progression

I missed National Orchid Day but I haven’t been unaware of flowers. In particular, there is a blooming succulent on the porch railing.  I first noticed a change in the almost spherical arrangement of leaves above the rim of the clay pot. It seemed that an alien was projecting a periscope to see what was […]

Fantasy on Impossible Petals and Pointy Leaves

The previous few watercolors (Yellow Succulent Flowers, Again, Into the Breech, Yellow Flower – Final) of the dreaded yellow-flowered succulent had an element that was very difficult for me to draw, and ultimately paint. That element was one particular petal that arose from the center of the flower, curled up and furled into another ‘S’ […]

Again, Into The Breech

Before describing today’s effort, I want to show you my shading study: I picked the unripened fig from the tree and placed it on the patio table. I correctly rendered the shape of the fruit and the shadow, but I don’t think I got the texture right. I showed this study to my wife, Joy. She […]

Hydrangea

Today’s watercolor experiment: The next step in You Can Paint Vibrant Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons by Yuko Nagayama is painting grapes and mangos. The only grapes I had were very good, but I ate them and I didn’t have a mango. A few days ago, I bought my wife a hydrangea that had very dramatic coloring. I thought […]

Make Believe-ish Flower

Today’s watercolor experiment: I am working on another painting of a real flower, taking my time because it is for a special occasion.  However I took the opportunity today, to be carefree about my brushstrokes and my composition. Process: I wet the entire paper before I applied any pigment. I used to do this quite […]