I seem to be working on a series of garden views from our back porch. It didn't begin as a series. The porch was just a comfortable location to work from. I just keep spotting new things to sketch and paint. Now that there are 11 finished journal pages and two more in process, I realize it has become a series.
The latest entries in the series were started on July 4th, and include a Lavender Crepe Myrtle in full bloom. As I was working on inking the sketches today I realized the Crepe Myrtle blooms are fading and may all be gone before I have time to finish them! So I decided to spend my 'paint time' today doing a study of the Crepe Myrtle flowers.
Groups of these flowers form large clusters at the ends of each new branch on the bush. The young branches are reddish-brown, while the older branches and trunks have a mottled appearance due to shedding bark. The dark green leaves are simple and opposite.