daily painting | purple blooms

At the Fort Mason farmer’s market last weekend I bought a $5 bouquet of beautiful poppy-like flowers (while the blustery wet weather was blowing things all over the parking lot; had to hang on to my hat). Was attracted to the rich purples and violets of the sensual blossoms — colors so dense and deep it was almost overkill on nature’s part. After I returned home I was painting other scenes (unsuccessfully; still can’t quite capture the Posey Tube towers out my window) and it was time to put away my paints and start dinner, but I couldn’t resist a quick watercolor sketch. Very wet day, took forever for paint to dry so I kept it simple. One of those times when I swooned over the richness of Daniel Smith watercolors. I never know how they will look after drying and I love how they do what they want. I was tempted to do more detail in this painting, but I made myself stop as I didn’t want to make it fussy.

5.5″ x 5.5″ watercolor, pen on paper = $40