Of Bees and Backyards | Carolyn Lord Watercolor Landscapes

California artist Carolyn Lord streamlines her watercolor landscapes to the bare essentials—light, depth, shape and color—to create beckoning backyard havens. This process of simplification inevitably involves considerable editing as she lets details and distractions fall away.

For example, in her garden paintings featuring bees, such as October Cosmos and Corm (below), she paints the insects as simple lozenge shapes, making no attempt to describe wings or other details. “Bee wings are like eyelashes in portraiture,” she says. “If they’re too small to see from 5 or 10 feet away, they’re too small to paint, especially since they don’t represent mass or form.”

See more of Lord’s garden landscapes in the February 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist, available at NorthLightShop.com and on newsstands December 23.
October Cosmos and Corm (watercolor on paper) by Carolyn Lord

October Cosmos and Corm (watercolor on paper) by Carolyn Lord

 

Eclipsed Sunflowers (watercolor on paper) by Carolyn Lord

Eclipsed Sunflowers (watercolor on paper) by Carolyn Lord

Lemon Chiffon Roses (watercolor on paper) by Carolyn Lord

Lemon Chiffon Roses (watercolor on paper) by Carolyn Lord

High Desert Dahlias (watercolor on paper) by Carolyn Lord

High Desert Dahlias (watercolor on paper) by Carolyn Lord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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