Wildflowers. Red Thistle and Madrid. Still life and urban sketching. Part 2.

Artist, ArtTravel, Uncategorized, Urban sketching

Red thistle flower and my favorite city in Spain, Madrid. The city I associate with red colour and positive associations like passion, strength, energy and fearlessness.

Madrid . This city has many sides to it – aristocratic, bohemian, and commercial. When you get to Madrid, you feel: this city is your place, you feel comfortable as if this is your own home. Your city, to live and to thrive in.

To name just a few of our favourite places in Madrid would be difficult but I will try: Plaza Mayor, Puerto del Sol, Prado museum, Royal Palace and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art and Retiro Park. We’ve travelled to Madrid several times in the past and it is certainly on the list for our rendezvous in the near future:)

I dedicated a series of watercolour and ink paintings of  bright red or warm peach coloured thistles, to one of my favourite city in Europe.

Thistle with tomato and red cabbage colors of its petals, adding indigo background for some effects.

Thistle with petals of colors pomegranate and scarlet, with background of lemon and coffee colours.

https://pixels.com/featured/thistle-wildflower-with-petals-of-colors-pomegranate-scarlet-tamara-vitsenkova.html?newartwork=true

Watercololour painting of thistle with some raspberry color and blueberry, dark blue, with leaves of celery color. Bright coloured flower, love it:)

Thistle, the wildflower with sunny petals of colors cocoa, with some addings of colours of cognac and bluish background.

https://pixels.com/featured/thistle-wildflowersunny-petals-of-colors-cocoa-colorcognac-bluish-tamara-vitsenkova.html?newartwork=true

Thistle with petals of colors amethyst and salmon and background of creamy colors, tender feeling.

In my opinion Madrid, the land of gazpacho, bullfighting and flamenco, personifies the red colour itself:)

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Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

Wildflowers. Pink Thistle and Scotland. Part 1.

Artist, ArtTravel, Uncategorized, Urban sketching

Still life and urban sketching

To my sister who asked me to paint a thistle flower that demonstrates its character, strength, inflexibility, firmness, and survives in any conditions. And I did series of these strong flowers that live everywhere and survive in any conditions.

One of my first watercolor flowers graphics with ink, I used coolers purple and dark violet, with some additions of color of carrot with silver gray.

The  flower is credited with ability of magical effects on evil spirits.

The thistle is the symbol of Scotland from the 13 century. The legend says that an army intented on conquering Scotland. Once an upon time, one night an army landed to surprise the sleeping soldiers. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness, the enemies removed their shoes.
One of them unfortunately stood on one of these spiny little defenders and shrieked out in pain, alerting the sleeping scotish soldiers. Needless to say, the Scots won the day.. Thank you to Thistle!:)

Thistle is the emblem of the Knights of the Order of the Thistle, whose motto is lat. Nemo me impune lacessit (“No one will touch me with impunity”).

Thistle wildflower watercolour graphic with ink. I used colours pink, milky blue opal, saffron latte and neon colours.

I love pink thistle’s simply colors, with some additions of plum color and some pistachio background.

https://pixels.com/featured/thistle-wildflower-petals-of-plum-color-tamara-vitsenkova.html?newartwork=true

Thistle, watercolor wildflower painting with petals of colors blueberry and purple grapes.

Watercolor flowers graphics with ink, colors used strawberry petals with light khaki and shade of flax background

https://pixels.com/featured/thistle-wildflower-with-strawberry-colors-of-petals-tamara-vitsenkova.html?newartwork=true

Some thistles have caramel and turmeric colours

The most popular color for thistle is pink, this is why I gathered my pink watercolor paintings in my 1st post about this amazing flower with Scotland’s legend. And one more interesting thing.. A thistle is not only the floral emblem of Scotland and Lorraine, also it is the emblem of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.