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Thistle, Snap Dragon, Poppies, and Rose by heartMelinda Thistle, Snap Dragon, Poppies, and Rose by heartMelinda
11 x 15
tea, watercolor, colored pencil, pen on Reeves BFK

Inspired by my Sketchbook Project 2012.
I love using pen because it forces me to commit to my marks. No erasing, no going back. Once a mark is on the paper it is there forever.
Thistle was suggested by my step brother. He is studying in Scotland right now and the Thistle is the flower of Scotland. Snapdragons were my favorite flower when I was a child. Poppies for my grandfather whose nickname was Poppy and a Rose from my garden.
I would like to do a series in this style of the state flowers for all 50 states. I would also like to experiment more with making these pieces even bigger, maybe a whole sheet of Reeves.
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:iconzemimsky:
zemimsky Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it feels so alive! absolutely beautiful!
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:iconheartmelinda:
heartMelinda Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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LovelyShrew Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Lovely. The thistle is my favorite! 
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heartMelinda Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :w00t: I like the thistle too!
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poppy412 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow beautiful!
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heartMelinda Featured By Owner May 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ClassyCallisto Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I know I'm like a year late, but these are beautiful!
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:iconheartmelinda:
heartMelinda Featured By Owner May 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconanarwhal:
aNarwhal Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really really awesome!!
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:iconstarfirechelle:
Starfirechelle Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is magnificent!
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:iconheartmelinda:
heartMelinda Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconstarfirechelle:
Starfirechelle Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome:sun:
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GravityLens Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I find this really delightful. :)
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:iconheartmelinda:
heartMelinda Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconplush-fiend:
Plush-Fiend Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love the line quality! Gorgeous work :love:
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:iconheartmelinda:
heartMelinda Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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Plush-Fiend Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are really beautiful!!! :iconrosablu:
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heartMelinda Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I enjoy your style of art very much! :iconheartballoonplz:
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heartMelinda Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :iconmeowkittyplz:
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Riemea Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the technique you used to draw these flowers! The colours are great, too :) And you're the first artist I saw on dA who participates in the Sketchbook Project 2012! (I do, too :))
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heartMelinda Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Sketchbook Project is awesome!! Are you going to do it for 2013?
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:iconriemea:
Riemea Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!

Yeah, I am :)
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Lady2 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
F E A T U R E [link] :heart:
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:iconheartmelinda:
heartMelinda Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
Awesome! Thank you!
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful! :heart: My favorite piece out of my skim of your gallery! :thumbsup:
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heartMelinda Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! It is one of my favorites too.
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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OhLizz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icongreatartistplz::iconlighteremoteplz:
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:iconheartmelinda:
heartMelinda Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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donnasueb Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
I love your 50 states idea. We have Indian paintbrush and Indian blanket in Oklahoma...we also have a really cool red flower with a yellow star atop. I have it in my gallery...wild flowers folder. Use it if you need...
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MentalAsylumRules Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, those are all so wonderfully done. Snapdragons were also a favorite as a kid :)
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:iconheartmelinda:
heartMelinda Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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MentalAsylumRules Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem :D
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LongHomeFox Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional
A lovely blend of mediums! I especially like the thistle.
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:iconheartmelinda:
heartMelinda Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Rufina-Tomoyo Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
A great botanical collection.
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heartMelinda Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Digidallas43 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
This is GOOD! I love the thistle most, but it's all just great.
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heartMelinda Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! The thistle seems to be the most popular. My personal fave is the Snapdragon.
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Digidallas43 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
You're welcome and keep up the good work.
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Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely Pictures :blowkiss:
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:iconheartmelinda:
heartMelinda Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcuteflowerplz::iconaheartforyou:You're welcome :iconcuteflowerplz:
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GottaLoveMushrooms Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
I love the colors, and I love how the marks on the rose petals are all straight.
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heartMelinda Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you. I am glad you like the rose. Of these 4 I feel like it is the weakest. I plan on going back in wit colored pencil and making it better.
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GottaLoveMushrooms Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Really? I love it. I think it seems to have the least background detail, as some of the others seem to have a little bit of grass in the background, but I think it looks great regardless.
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noli27 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are lovely. There is something about he colours which caught my eye first. Then the vibrant nature of free pen work gives them a original quality. :)
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