Gloriosas and Delphiniums

9 x 12 – watercolor on Canson cold pressed paper – Gloriosas and delphiniums

Well, here it is 1:50 am again. I was drifting off to sleep when Ripley (who sleeps at the foot of our bed) suddenly barked once and woke me up. If I am awakened as I am making that first descent into sleep, it seems to take the edge off my sleepiness and I might as well get up and do something. Which I did (exhibit A, above.) I think these yellow gloriosa daisies are called “Irish Eyes” because the centers are as green as the emerald isle.

I got a pretty cool new brush the other day and I was eager to try it out. So I clipped a piece of paper to my easel, vertically, did a quick sketch and painted this as only a half-awake, half-asleep person can do. This Davinci Cosmotop is just dreamy – it holds a lot of paint and releases it smoothly.

Now that this is done I feel a little sleepier – I hope.


  1. Tami
    June 8, 2007

    Maybe that’s the trick to decent paintings; paint while you’re half asleep…I like the loose feeling of this.

  2. Nancy
    June 8, 2007

    Beautiful……. one of my favorites.

  3. Wendee
    June 8, 2007

    Should we feel guilty getting so much enjoyment from your creative fits of insomnia? Gee…
    The paintings sure have a dreamy – but so vivid!- quality about them. Kind of like the drawings Jane does with wine! ;) Fun.
    Hope you can translate this into your painting during your more normal waking hours …

  4. sandy
    June 8, 2007

    Just lucious – you make it look so easy and carefree!!!

  5. Ronell
    June 9, 2007

    Great painting again….makes me think how we always have the best ideas in the middle of the night…maybe it works the same way for nice, loose paintings!

  6. Creekhiker
    June 10, 2007

    Karen, I really love the how you captured the glass over the flowers. It’s a hard thing to do in painting and you did it very well here. I also LOVE the face of the lady…great shading and detail.

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