Full of Life
My garden is full of life this month! Butterflies, bees, hawkmoths, and hummingbirds are coming daily to feast on July’s main attractions: coneflowers and beebalm. I’ve seen swallowtails and skippers, fritillaries and whites. What a grand display! Mind you, my garden is not perfect. There are gaps here and overcrowding there, some plants didn’t come back this spring and others are looking meager. But it is enough for me to pick out a bouquet or a painting, or to simply enjoy the show.
Tips and Techniques- I always find that adding wildlife to my flower sketches enlivens them in exciting ways. Whether a butterfly or a bee, a snail or a bird, adding even one creature begins to hint at the dynamic relationships between plants and animals. Try it with your next flower painting and see if you agree.