Dahlia and Moonflower

The days are getting shorter but some flowers like that.  Moonflowers, of course, and dahlias, asters, mums.   Last night a moonflower opened right next to a dahlia bloom and I was able to get a good photograph of it.

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I like that the heart shaped moonflower leaf came out, as well as the dew on the purple dahlia.

I put this print in my Redbubble shop.  It’s available as cards, a canvas bag and a few cases for phones.

Or just to look at and enjoy here.

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Dog Days Drawings

Yesterday, I thought about how the nights are getting shorter, which is why my moonflowers are blooming.  But it’s still summer — hot days, but pleasant evenings, made more so by the blooming that continues around me.

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Moonflower, Moon, and Sirius, the dog star of summer’s heat

Today, while I had my morning coffee on the porch, I watched the crepe myrtle across the street release its blossoms, warm pink snow.  Soon it’ll lose all its flowers and its summer work will be done.  I sketched it quickly with watercolor pencils then released the lines with a water brush.

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I’m not sure I’m happy with the way the watercolor pencils worked.  I may try again with watercolors or acrylic.

I’ve seen golden leaves here and there, but we have at least a month of hot weather and sweet sultry mornings and flowers and vibrant nature.  I hope you are enjoying these last days of August, in spite of all that may be distracting us from the thread of beauty that weaves together life.

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August 21 Daily Draw

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Moonflowers, watercolor and ink on paper, Joy Murray

I grew moonflowers on my porch this year — big fragrant white flowers that bloom at dusk then fade away the next day.  I’ve taken lots of pictures and done some pencil sketches of them, but decided this morning to do an ink and watercolor drawing — from pictures of the blooms and the faded flowers.  White flowers are a challenge to draw and paint, but I tried to capture my love for them.

I was worried they wouldn’t bloom for a while because they grew long vines over the summer but no buds.  I thought I might have planted them in too small of a pot.  It’s only in August that they started to bloom.  Now I get a few beauties each night.  Me and the mosquitoes love them.  I have about fifty buds, but I’m trying not to dread the time when they stop blooming and enjoy their temporary beauty and lovely structure.

The drawing and photographs will keep me company when their season is over.  I look so closely at them, they will also bloom forever in my dreams.

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