When the Flower Goddess came along, the seventh in my Nature Goddess Suite, I was quite excited. Watercolor is the perfect medium for painting flowers. Each of my paintings have to take form in my mind before I begin, and I let my thoughts ramble until a cohesive form appears. Painting is a very meditative process for me, and tranquility is key for me.
The Tulip of Willendorf
Of all the flowers, the tulip is one of the most important heralds of Spring for me, so that’s the form she took. Her pose is quite intentionally inspired by the paleolithic figure of the Venus of Willendorf, and I am thrilled at how she turned out. Once the sketch started taking form, she really captured my heart. You can view all the Nature Goddesses in the Art Gallery as well.
Flower Goddess watercolor original art by Beth Hansen-Buth
from earth’s lips spoken without sound”
– Edwin Curran
The Flower Goddess and Music
I love that verse by american poet Edwin Curran, it brings the music of flowers to life. There is so much beauty in the world that is soft and simple and delicate. Tulips are the herald to Spring, and they are gone so quickly. If you are anything like me, you have a crazy busy life. Flowers have also inspired many composers to create music to describe their beauty. Mother nature’s glorious art form inspires artists of all ages. Whether you want to tiptoe through the tulips with Tiny Tim and his ukulele, or do the Dance of the Flowers with Tchaikovsky, it’s up to you. Please feel free to share how you express your own harmony with flowers in the comments below.
Today you are getting a sneak peek at my latest Goddess Sketch: the Flower Goddess. Each painting starts out in pencil on paper, where I work out the idea and the basic shapes. Any shading is minimal, because that all happens during the painting process. With watercolor, you have to let the paint decide for itself where to go, there’s less control but more flow working this way. For this painting, I’m using mostly watercolors with a couple of guache colors to keep it bright.
On the drawing table, Flower Goddess Sketch
Goddess Sketch to Painting
Yes, my drawing table is usually quite messy as I work. I keep my brushes in a mug whose handle is broken off, and my palette is a piece of glass. This work in progress is an 8×10 watercolor on aquabord. I’m looking forward to adding her to my gallery when the painting is complete. When I begin a painting, I keep it loose, with edges not clearly defined. It’s very messy at this stage, so you won’t ever see me share anything until it’s complete. The sketch is complete, so that’s why I’m sharing it today. I took the photo with my cel phone, which is the only camera I currently have, something I’d like to change in the near future.
There are so many aspects to creating art these days. With all the technology we have, it makes it easy to share things right away. My plan is to keep updating the blog each week with my artistic endeavors. Tonight I get to go play with my fellow Leprechaun Pirates as we have our first show this weekend. Wyrdhaven Studio is thriving with art and music, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where this story leads us over the next six months. Music is life and art is joy!