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Summer Lilies

They say deer eat these mine are all still healthy

Summers lilies of pumpkin gold

waving softly in the wind

The black seeds perched

precariously at the center of every leaf.

 

I wonder-which wisp of wind

will scatter seeds and where will they land?

Will they hang on drying slowly

until fall finally wilts the plant?

 

The fuzzy stamens, tempting new life-

why do the seeds form down the branch,

when the stamens and ovulates

rest within the velvety soft flower?

 

Each tiny gift nature has given

develops its own ways,

keeps its mystical secrets,

reminds us that every living thing.

 

is special, unique, magical.

Look at a daisy, a lily, a daffodil,

every one with its own way to reproduce,

Life itself holds infinite recipes.

 

Every flower shares it beauty,

to observe and enjoy is a gift

free and simple, there for the taking.

The finest things in life ARE free!

 


Nana with Rose Petal Tears

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Rose petals, like teardrops,
fall softly to my kitchen counter,
surround the vase where the wilted flowers
droop their heads in reverence to the
stooping, plucking, pruning

of Nana tending to her roses
crouching in her gardening shorts,
as I play in the field behind her house,
searching for rabbits’ nests and pulling out
my dollhouse to set up in the quiet patio shade,

of Nana sweet and fragrant as the roses
that she tended, bare legs exposed, a rebel
of a time when women wore only skirts and hosiery,
bustling about in her slippers and shorts,
cultivating an escape from everyday life

of Nana’s hair, soft between my fingertips,
like rose petals, as she lies in bed, life gradually
slipping through grasping hands, ice chips, greeting
cards, and tear-soaked tissues encircling roses
on the bedside table

of my Nana who never cried, at least not that I
can remember, but if she had, I know her tears would be
rose petals, cascading between dreams and
backyard memories, sweetly-scented and multi-hued,
formed together into one final bloom

©SpiritLed 2014


SUPERSOIL ILLUSTRATIONS – PART 1

Supersoil Ad

For this post, I am sharing illustrations I painted for a soil company called Supersoil. Several years ago, Supersoil Inc. merged into Miracle Grow and the packaging with my illustrations were no longer available. There were unique challenges for every painting and I searched through my neighborhood with my camera to find beautiful gardens I could photograph. When I completed this project, I enjoyed seeing my paintings printed on the large bags of soil sold in many home improvement stores.

Flower Pot in Orange

For this first post, I share about four projects I painted. I have included close-ups, sketches, marker comps and even the original layout provided for me.

The first painting was for a potting soil mix and I illustrated a pot filled with flowers.

Line Drawing Potting Soil Flower Pot close up 2 Flower Pot close up 1 Flower Pot CLose up 3

This second illustration was for a product called “Wonderbloom.”

This is my layout provided by the art director.

This is my layout provided by the art director.

This is a preliminary marker sketch.

This is a preliminary marker sketch.

Garden with Flats & ShovelGarden with Flats closeup 2Garden with Flats close up 1

This illustration was for a product called “Palm and Cactus Mix.” I followed the art direction, which had a strange request for a “door going nowhere.” The strange perspective makes me uncomfortable, but my favorite part of my painting is the small lizard in the shadows (I had lizards as pets when I was younger!)

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The lizard is there!

The lizard is there!

The last assignment for this post was for a product used on sod lawns called “Turf Fit.” This painting includes a dog, and it is one of the few animals I’ve illustrated.

Turf Fit Turf-Fit Tearsheet Turf Fit close up

My photo referene of sod was not very pretty to paint!

My photo reference of sod shows that it was not very pretty to paint!

My technique utilizes watercolors, dyes and colored pencils; these were created before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


SUPERSOIL ILLUSTRATIONS – PART 2

Supersoil Packages 2

For this post, I continue sharing illustrations I painted for a soil company called Supersoil. Below are illustrations I created for several packaging assignments. I have included close-ups, sketches, marker comps and even the original layouts provided to me.Garden with Mulch

The first painting was for a product called “Garden Guardian.” I learned about the intricacies of painting mulch and picked at the paper with an exacto knife to create the unique texture I wanted.

This is the layout provided to me by the art director.

This is the layout provided to me by the art director.

This is my preliminary marker sketch placed into the art director's layout.

This is my preliminary marker sketch placed into the art director’s layout.

Garden with Mulch close up 2 Garden with Mulch close up 4 Garden with Mulch close up 3 Garden with Mulch close up 1 Hydrangea-Mulch Background

This was my photo reference for painting a rock.

This was my photo reference for painting a rock.

This second illustration is for another potting soil product and I named my painting “Cat in the Window.” The art director provided me with a photo of a cat he wanted in the window. It was one that he adored, but it was deceased. At that time, our family had a cat that was identical!Cat in the Window

My pencil sketch.

My pencil sketch.

My preliminary marker sketch for "Cat in the Window."

My preliminary marker sketch for “Cat in the Window.”

A rare scan I made of my illustration in progress.

A rare scan I made of my illustration in progress.

Cat close up

This last painting I call “Garden Path.” It has a strange perspective (requested by the art director).

Art Director's layout.

Art Director’s layout.

Garden Path

Garden Path close up 3 Garden Path close up 2 Garden Path close up 1My technique utilizes watercolors, dyes and colored pencils; these were created before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.comSupersoil Thankyou

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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FAVORITE FLORALS – PART 2

Bridal Bouquet close up

For this post, I am sharing some of my favorite floral paintings. I begin with an illustration of a rose bouquet that was used on the cover of a paperback romance novel. I have included the art director’s layout, as well as the printed book cover.

Layout Bouquet Bridal Bouquet Avon - Bridal

When I illustrated a billboard for Conroy’s Flowers, I painted each letter approximately 10 inches tall. I photographed numerous trays of flowers to serve as photo reference and created collages from those photos to assist me.Conroys Conroy's 2 letters
Conroy's close up 4 copy Conroy's close up 3 copy Conroy's close up 2 copy Conroy's close up 1 copy

My illustrations of six floral groups below, were printed on vinyl that adhered to windows. The company that commissioned them was called “Color Clings.”Color Clings 1 Camelia Group

GladiolasPansy Group Lily Group Iris GroupTulips-Yellow Group

These other paintings are from miscellaneous commercial assignments over the course of my art career.

Azalea Group Bouquet Tropical Bouquet with Daisies Roses
Rose Coral Hibiscus Flowers

My technique for these paintings involved markers, watercolors, dyes and/or colored pencils; these were created before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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FAVORITE FLORALS – PART 1

Flower MedleyI have always loved illustrating flowers. Using watercolor/dyes, I loved replicating exquisite colors and textures. Sometimes, a touch of colored pencil added details that worked perfectly. I was also captivated by the beauty of water droplets.People Mag close up 2 People Mag Super closeup Flower Medley closeup 2

My first floral painting was inspired by a photo that I saw in a magazine. It was a wonderful exercise for me. After that, I worked solely from my own photography. The second painting was commissioned by People Magazine twenty years ago. Later on in my career, both of these paintings were marketed as posters. It was not a lucrative venture at all, but was definitely exciting for me to have prints to display of my work. I share below my job layout, drawings, printed pieces and my photo reference.

Flower Medley closeup 1

Flower Medley closeup 3 Flower Medley Sketch

My job layout for People Magazine. I rendered the graduation tassel and hat separately.

The art director’s layout for my People Magazine floral illustration. I rendered the graduation tassel and hat separately.

People Mag People Mag People Mag close up 1

I did not notice that this flower was missing a petal when I painted it!

I did not notice that this flower was missing a petal when I painted it!

My actual photo reference.

My actual photo reference.

NY Graphics Poster

Both of these paintings were done before Photoshop existed. I have a blog where I describe my technique and have a lot more information. It is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

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