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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