Botanical Study No. 3

I have three broccoli plants I've been tending since November.  They're finally starting to fatten up at the top.

Broccoli has beautiful silver-green leaves, but I'm having trouble matching the colors my eye perceives to the colors I can mix in my paints.  So I tried making a Viridometer, a green version of a Cyanometer-- a tool for matching perceived colors with actual colors.  James Gurney recommended the Cyanometer in his book, Color and Light

I went to Lowe's and got some (free) Valspar paint chips, which have these nice little windows:

...And compared them to the lights and shadows on the broccoli leaves.  The results were startling.  The colors that matched the best were much darker than I thought.  I'm still not sure how to apply this new knowledge to painting.

Botanical Study No. 2

Salvia coccinea, Coral Nymph Sage.  Pencil and watercolor on paper. 

I had no idea that salvia and sage were the same plant.  The Latin name for this plant, Salvia, comes from salvare, meaning saved.  Sage is an herb, but I'm not sure whether or not this variety is safe to eat.  I bought these lovely coral blossomed plants today at the nursery.  I'll have to go back and ask whether or not it's edible.

Luna Lovegood Dancing

"She lingered in that charming little garden to say hello to the gnomes, such a glorious infestation!  How few wizards realize just how much we can learn from the wise little gnomes - or, to give them their correct name, the Gernumbli gardensi."

-Xenophilius Lovegood, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Luna Lovegood, dancing with the gnomes just before Bill and Fleur's wedding in The Deathly Hallows.  Lovely Luna!