The large leaves of the Nespera Tree and the small leaves of the Rosemary Plant are painted using the same palette.

Loquat Tree (Eriobotrya-japonica) Nespera

Loquat Tree (Eriobotrya-japonica) Nespera

Rosemary Plant

Rosemary Plant

The palette for the leaves is cadmium lemon, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, cerulean blue and french ultramarine blue.

The background colors are drastically different.  The color scheme for the Nespera illustration is Analogous with Near Complement.  The color scheme for the Rosemary illustration is Extended Analogous.

Sketchbook drawings: drawn first in ink with fountain pen followed by watercolor.  3.5″ x 2.5″ standard size for Artist Trading Cards.

By altering the green with each dip of the brush an illusion of space is created around each fragrant leaf of the French Tarragon.


French Tarragon – Artist Trading Card

The color palette is cadmium lemon, cadmium yellow, cerulean blue and a touch of french ultramarine blue.  Some of the leaves are painted with one stroke of the brush, others are painted wet in wet, adding variations of green within a single leaf.

Sketchbook drawing: French Tarragon – illustration drawn first in ink with a fountain pen, followed by watercolor

Color Scheme: Analogous – Blue/Green, Green and Yellow/Green.  Dominant Color: Green

The potted Black Sage is turning from blue-green to autumn ochres.

Potted Black Sage Plant

This is the first drawing in my new sketchbook made from recycled watercolors.  Tom needed a good portion of the plant for making a yummy butternut squash appetizer.  I wanted to draw it before harvesting.

Detail of potted Black Sage Plant ( Salvia Mellifera )

The variety of blue-greens to greens is spectacular.  I did, of course, take liberties when I painted it.

Sketchbook Drawing:  Potted Black Sage Plant ( Salvia Mellifera ) – drawn first with fountain pen followed by watercolor, exploring the variety of greens on one plant as the weather turns colder.