September 7, 2018

Mangosteen: Watercolor and Pen



Mangosteen: Watercolor and Pen by Susan Lally-Chiu

The mangosteen originates in Southeast Asia and I found this one on the island of Hawaii. It takes 15 years before a tree will bear fruit! The outside rind can be used for a purple dye.


(September's 30 Paintings in 30 Days) No. 04
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September 6, 2018

Woodland Poppy: Watercolor and Pen


Woodland Poppy Watercolor and Pen by Susan Lally-Chiu

The woodland poppy likes to grow in moist, shaded areas and it is on Ontario's Endangered Species Act. It is native to North America. When you cut into the green stems you’ll find a bright yellow sap that the Native Americans used as a dye. Although it’s found mostly in Eastern North America, it grows well in my Northwest garden.

(September's 30 Paintings in 30 Days) No. 03
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September 5, 2018

Corn Flower Watercolor and Pencil


Corn Flower Watercolor and Pencil by Susan Lally-Chiu


Cornflowers or Bachelor Buttons (Centaurea cyanus). I see these flowers growing wild along the roadsides in the northwest. Most corn flowers come from Europe but some are native to the Americas. The reason it got the name “Bachelor Button” is that the flower was worn by young men looking for love. It’s an edible flower and it can dried for use in teas. The bluish purple color is so strong you can make homemade dyes from it too. 


I just love the different colors and textures.

(September's 30 Paintings in 30 Days) No. 02
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September 4, 2018

Gladiolus Watercolor with Pencil


"Gladiolus", Watercolor with pen by Susan Lally-Chiu
(September's 30 Paintings in 30 Days) No. 01

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August 16, 2018

Color Palette: A Summer Morning


On a recent visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, I found this beautiful painting that is filled with summer light. It's created from a palette of analogous colors—a rich array of greens dotted with soft yellows and accented with warm reddish browns.

July 31, 2018

Photo Journal: Art Institute of Chicago's North Lion

On a recent trip to Chicago, we spent a day at the Art Institute filling our eyes with all the spectacular artwork. What a treasure! The Standard Oil Building (1974) is in the background along with Two Prudential Plaza (1990). The North Lion protects the Art Institute on Michigan Avenue and points people towards Millennium Park.