Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Daffodils in Mythic March

We have daffodils gallor, all around the mailbox, the storm cellar, the bird bath, and along the fence. No crocuses, sadly, but that's to be expected, since the squirrels think we plant them just for them eat. Little blighters.

But to compensate for the lack of real crocuses, I found an excuse to draw myself some; I worked them into the project I'm doing for my Senior Show this semester, which is to illustrate the Volsung Saga. Crocuses grow in Norway, where that ancient myth originates, so I decided to do a landscape scene with the crocuses and one bumble bee. Grace over at Domythic Bliss is conducting Mythic March, so this is my contribution to that for the week.

 In case you're wondering, these are Prismacolor pencil drawings on vellum over a painting on watercolor. The vellum gives the watercolor scenes a wonderful misty, mysterious feel.

As an extra bonus, here is another piece I'm working on that's also part of this project. It's of the tree Branstock, which is a whole other post itself. It's not finished, and the picture doesn't nearly capture the glow coming from behind the tree, but it'll do.

I suppose since it's spring I should turn off the snow and change to a new background, but I'm still a bit reluctant to let go of winter. Ah well, I must do it sometime.


  1. Soooo gorgeous, Grace!!! The crocuses with the bumblebee?? I might have to steal that painting from you-sneak it away... maybe the tree instead, but wow! I didn't think I cared for the vellum effect at first, but I really like it now.

    We have crocuses and snowdrops in bloom here, but sadly no daffodils yet. :) And the snow still lingers here and there.

    1. Oh, you'd better take some pictures of the crocuses and snowdrops! I was so wishing for some. I'm glad you like the paintings. I think they're turning out pretty well. :D

  2. These artworks are positively phenomenal!!!

  3. Can I share this in my Monday update blog?

  4. Absolutely stunning paintings! That bee in there?! LOVE!!

    I'm also super jealous of your flowers popping up everywhere.

    You are SO talented! Do you sell your art?