Kansas May be Boring, But Its State Flower Is Awesome!

I should have guessed right away that the state flower of Kansas would be the wild sunflower. I mean, sunflowers are the only really awesome thing about driving through what is an otherwise unremarkable state (at least from the highway). Sunflowers are such happy flowers and it was easy drawing this particular doodle. After I drew the outline, I realized I needed a color that I did not have, so MrE took a trip out to find markers. It just happened to be labor day when we went shopping which means that Michael’s had 50 percent off one item, huzzah! This made me feel less guilty about buying really, really expensive markers:

Golden orange: not orange like a pumpkin, orange like a sunset:

Regularly $9. For. One. Marker

Regularly $9. For. One. Marker.

We also got a set of grey Prismacolors which I am very excited to experiment with. I have one grey sharpie that I love, so I think I’ll be able to do some really cool doodles with a whole bunch of different tones of grey.

Do not buy without a coupon or risk surrendering limbs.

Do not buy without a coupon or risk surrendering limbs.

The splurge on the orange was worth it though. It put down ink beautifully and was the perfect bright sunflower yellow I needed:

Sunflower, you rock! Kansas....we forgive you for being kind of boring.

Sunflower, you rock! Kansas….we forgive you for being kind of boring.

I still have a few birthday cards to draw and a very special get well card for my friend, Kyla. Wish me luck!

Here’s another dose of Cute:

Sleepy kitty face says, Moar Rubs!

Sleepy kitty face says, Moar Rubs!

Itty bitty pink toe beans. Too Cute!

Itty bitty pink toe beans. Too Cute!

Tropical Colors for Hawaiian Hibiscus

All of the state flower doodles I’ve done in the past have been places where I have lived, (except Tennessee, It’s just so close to Alabama I decided to include it). Now I’m going to work on the states where MrE has lived, and the first on my list is Hawaii!

I would love to go visit a tropical location sometime, and Hawaii seems ideal since I wouldn’t need a passport to go, and it would be a cool reunion trip for my husband as well. In the spirit of bright tropical colors, I drew heavily on pinks and oranges for my doodle of a Hibiscus. I also brought back the negative space duck, and used the silhouette of a wood duck. Check it out:

These colors will punch you in the face!

These colors will punch you in the face!

The photograph isn’t particularly good. I think one day I will need to invest in a scanner, or figure out how to use my Wacom tablet effectively.

I also colored in another of my old doodles. I mentioned it in an earlier post, and now it is complete. I do love the green-footed pink duck.

Lacey heart doily is super awesome.

Lacey heart doily is super awesome.

Next up on the State Flower list is Georgia, Texas, Kansas, and Indiana!

Golden Poppies and Negative Space

Mr E gave me a suggestion that I create some shapes using negative space rather than outlining them. Here is my first attempt–it’s not very subtle, but I still like how it tuned out. This doodle also features Golden California Poppies, the state flower of, you guessed it, California. I added in the sky motif I liked so much from my treadmill drawing.

 

Guess the Gaps! They go quack quack and waddle waddle.

Guess the Gaps! They go quack quack and waddle waddle.

 

Eagle eyed viewers will notice that the blank negative space is an animal I am particularly fond of.

For this drawing I broke away from using only Pilot Precise pens and used some new fine-point sharpies for the outlines and colored brush pens to “paint” the flowers.

So far, I’ve done flowers for places I have lived in, next is the Sego Lily. Some seagulls may make an appearance in that doodle as well, or maybe some beehives…