Flower Goddess of Spring detail

Flower Goddess – Music From The Ground

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 of Spring watercolor painting by Beth Hansen-Buth

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.

Flower Goddess pencil sketch by Beth Hansen-Buth

Goddess Sketch – Goddess Art Creation

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.

Flower Goddess Sketch by Beth Hansen-Buth

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!

Sun Worship

My first adventure in watercolor on aquabord began on April 1st 2016, just over a month ago. For an artist there is nothing more exciting and frightening than a clean white surface waiting to be painted. While i have done a few watercolor paintings in the past, they were either on paper or illustration board, not kaolin clay. Unlike the scratchboard which was ultra smooth, the white kaolin clay of the aquabord is lightly textured. Even though I’m fairly experienced as an oil painter, watercolor has always intimidated me because you can’t rework it the way you can oil. But I’ve been determined to immerse myself in this beautiful medium for some time. I’ve always admired watercolor artists greatly, and love the delicate beauty of washes and subtle shifts of color that look so effortless draw me in and excite my imagination.

So there I was April fools day starting to put down my first wash on my new 5×7 inch painting. There was water, paint, and coffee involved. What emerged is a painting of the Sun Goddess, which is detailed above, and the full image is below. After a few short painting sessions it was done, and to my great satisfaction.

Sun Goddess Symbol by artist Beth Hansen-Buth

Worshipping the Sun Goddess for spring. Watercolor on archival clay on hardboard.

Now it’s mid May, and I’m so happy to be able to share my newest artwork. It is the dawn of a new day artistically for me. Last week I posted a painting which featured a sun which I painted ten years ago, and told my own tale of two trees. As I looked forward to posting this painting, I was so inspired, and wrote the following poem:

Sun Worship

When I was young I worshipped the sun
I lay alone, breeze caressing
clouds cooling my warmed skin
held in nature’s womb.

Her rays brighten closed eyes
mind resting, floating heavily
limbs languid, rolling slowly
to repeat my worship
on the other side
~
(c) Beth Hansen-Buth 2016

Some notes on art techniques and materials:
I did use some colored pencil to outline the figure of the goddess, which I then painted over with watercolor, which softened the rough crayon look. I made use of the nature of the surface to lift the paint to form the rays, first with brush and water, and then with a scratch tool to remove dried paint. The heart wasn’t planned, she just seemed to need one. I think the Sun Goddess will always hold a special place in my heart going forward, for she has given me the courage to shine and share my artwork that I love so much.