Announcing two new succulent calendars for 2023! One is Succulent Gardens; the other, Succulents with Spirals: Celebrating the Fibonacci Sequence. View all 24 calendar images in the galleries below.
For Years My Goal...
...was to do a dozen watercolor portraits of succulents a year. I'd then use them to create an annual calendar to give as gifts and to sell online via Zazzle.
Earlier this year, to challenge myself, I signed up for a watercolor class to learn how to loosen up: to capture an entire garden with a few lines and swaths of color. But my obsession to paint every detail kicked in and I floundered. I couldn't make myself practice---an essential part of learning---and I quit painting altogether.
Regret nibbled at me until I discovered an app that transforms photos into watercolors. With amazement and delight, I selected favorite landscape photos and alchemized them. The result is...drum roll...my new Succulent Gardens Calendar.
What do YOU think?
However, can I call these lovely new images "watercolors?" After all, who created them? Yours Truly or Artificial Intelligence? Do you find them aesthetically pleasing or unacceptable? I truly appreciate your opinion---do LMK by posting a comment below.
Succulents with Spirals
Being a bundle of angst over AI, I decided to create a second calendar. I’m hugely proud of it, although it’s all photos, not paintings. (After all, most calendars are. I mainly did watercolor calendars because I needed a reason to paint and a deadline, and people seem to like them.)
There's a Third Option, Too
And hey, if you prefer my hand-painted watercolors, good news: Zazzle will print any of my previous calendars for the upcoming year. Pick your favorite, and voila! 2017 alchemizes into 2023.