Inspiration from an artist.
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Issue 28
November 8, 2016
NOVEMBER • BEING BOTANICAL
Flowers in my DNA. As the season transforms it's colours, several projects have finished up while others are getting started. Between these different phases, the pace changed from painting on-site over the past several months to planning here at home. An opportunity opened up to reorganize and clear-up my space—until something unexpected happened...

Everything botanical blossomed into view. Autumn leaves started to fall, as I started an old habit of collecting them. I found a few cherished floral illustrations by my grandfather, which triggered me to draw more of my own. I pulled out old sketchbooks with drawings and pressed flowers, that revealed more ideas I'd like to pursue. A book called out to me at a bookstore, which happened to be filled with captivating botanical illustrations. I went to a Benjamin Moore event at Casa Loma, to find myself feeling quite at home in the conservatory! (above).

I've had a little transformation myself, from being obsessively organized to allowing flowers to litter my floor. You'll find "art stations" set up around the room with several experiments being worked on at the same time. Unleashing my own rules has revealed a new creative method and a spectacular view through rose-coloured glasses.
Feeling on Top of the... Mountain
Painting mountains on Grouse Mountain. With thanks to Devin Manky, 3-days of painting in the chalet comes together in this exciting time-lapse! More murals at pamlostracco.com...
 
Flora Discoveries
Found in the field. My grandfather not only created beautiful gardens but he drew them too. Carrying on the tradition, I've spent a lifetime admiring and documenting little treasures, and continue to experiment to scale them up into large murals. Here's a couple so far:
The painted flower. I photographed this happy blossom before translating it into a form that could be painted on a wall. Using tones of Rose Quartz, it turned into a pink mandala that would look beautiful above a headboard—every little girl's dream!
The Toronto Flower Market. I found these colourful gems during the last hour, at the last Market of the year. A couple of them made it into this drawing, beside a couple other sketchbooks from the past. Keep up to date on Facebook...
 
Wonderful Weeds!
Flowers on my floor. While experimenting around, I set up various "art stations" around the room. Flowers, paint and sketchbooks are everywhere! Normally so tidy, I'm settling into this creative mess that's unwinding rules into curious play. 
FLORA: An Artistic Voyage Through the World of Plants, by Sandra Knapp. The most amazing book on Earth!
Collecting, arranging, documenting. Playing with flowers has opened up a hands-on process that's leading to new mural ideas. Can you imagine these arrangements painted on your wall? Always taking nature photos on Instagram...

Photo credit (top): Christine Stephens
 
Thank you for hearting art!
Pam
 
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