I was called Sweetpea by my brother growing up;
I didn’t see a wild sweetpea until I moved to Oregon, and now they greet me in early summer and sometimes have a second blooming in autumn.
I hear my brother call my niece by my nickname;
if I didn’t love her so much it’d drive me crazy to share that memory.
Totally fugitive (meaning
it will fade fast as a
pigment) Opera Pink
was the perfect color for the base of the sweetpea, layered over Fineline masking fluid to pop the whites.
I used QoR
Quin Magenta for the
deep lines, and after removing the masking
fluid I softened
some of the too-crisp
white spots with water.
Getting the hang of
deep color and playing
with masking fluids.
Pentalic Aqua Journal, Platinum Carbon pen,
Lamy Al-Star, De Atramentis Document black ink;
and Holbein, QoR, and Daniel Smith watercolors.
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So sweet. When I was very young, some lady my mother knew grew sweet peas. I remember how they smelled, heavenly. I have not seen any since.
They do smell sweetly. Right now in at the Farmer’s Markets in Oregon you can buy bouquets, though it is a fool’s errand because they last five minutes! They smell so sweet!
Opera pink, permanent rose and Quin Magenta is my go to combo for pink flowers… these are absolutely singing off the bloody page… can’t tell you how much I love these… I have always had such a soft spot for sweet peas and pansies so I really love these… remind me of my beloved and much missed Grandmother who was my mother in so many ways… this is quite special Kate
I love that they delighted you! ((huggs))
We have peas at our farmer’s markets now, but not like these.
These are the wild variety, actually. The ones we see climbing everywhere in early summer!
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