The Raven’s Nest Photograph

 

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This photograph was taken in July at Fred Howard Park. I enjoy visiting this park especially because there is such a wide variety of scenery in the small space it inhabits. There’s a beach if you want to swim in the Gulf of Mexico, various types of trees and plant life, and many interesting creatures running around, especially fox squirrels.

While walking around the park, I looked up and noticed these ravens flying around. They eventually landed on top of this tree where a large nest lays, and I took this shot.

I hadn’t really thought of the picture until a few days ago. I’m not exactly sure why, but it most likely has to do with the fact that it’s the beginning of October and I’ve been seeing Halloween products and decorations for sale in stores. So I decided to edit the photo in order to make it black and white. I think this captures the atmosphere of the scene better, especially since it involves ravens, a bird you often see flying around this area of Florida.

Fun fact: Although ravens are often associated with bad luck nowadays, partly due to Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Raven,” many ancient cultures considered the raven to be a bringer of good luck or a messenger.

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Calla Lily Watercolor

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(Prints available for purchase on Fine Art America.)

 

Inspired by William Blake’s poem, “The Lilly,” which goes

“The modest Rose puts forth a thorn:
The humble sheep, a threatening horn:
While the Lilly white, shall in Love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.”

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Named after the Greek word “calla,” meaning beauty, this flower is said to symbolize purity and holiness, which is why the Virgin Mary is so commonly depicted with it. It is also associated with rebirth, so it is fitting that this flower is a perennial.

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I began this painting by searching for photographs of the calla lily flower. It was hard to choose just one considering the wide variety of colors they come in. After finding a good picture with vibrant hues, I sketched out the shape with pencil. To avoid adding too much watercolor at once, I made sure to use a small paint brush.

-The main colors I used were:

pink-red & white for the petals:

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yellow to accent some areas:

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burnt orange & dark blue for the spadix (middle part):

 

dark green for the stem:

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and a deep blue & black for background:

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All of the colors are from my Koh-I-Noor watercolor color wheel, which I will do a review on in the near future

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I had a lot of fun creating this one. So much so, that I hope to paint more of this unique flower with different color schemes.

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Thanks for reading!

Hibiscus Flower Photograph

Hibiscus Flower

I took this photo after the hibiscus flower first bloomed in my front yard. Often referred to as the Hawaiian flower, this plant has many uses. It is edible, and can be drunk as a tea, made into a garnish, & cooked in soup. Some claim that it can calm an upset stomach. Although I must admit that I have never had the urge to eat a hibiscus flower. I am content to just admire it.