Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW

The Wednesday Studio uncovers the beauty of thistles

Ellen Cornett recently sent us a photograph of a six-foot thistle she had seen on her daily walk. Several of us accepted the challenge to render it in art somehow. Here’s Ellen’s photo:

This is the thistle photo we all worked from.

I decided I should identify the thistle species for the blog, little knowing it would be such a challenge. The thistle genus Cirsium alone has dozens—dozens!—of species.

I finally decided the plant in Ellen’s photo was a bull thistle (cirsium vulgare), a widespread biennial thistle originally from Europe and Asia, but now growing throughout North America.

Below are photos of the new thistle cultivar, cirsium artiste.

Linda Norton: Circium artiste norton. Colored pencil on black watercolor paper.
Tara Hamilton: Cirsium artiste hamilton. Watercolor.
Eileen Leahy: Cirsium artiste leahy. Pastel on bamboo paper.
Ellen Cornett: Cirsium artiste cornett. Colored pencil.
Linda Andreatta: Cirsium artiste andreatta. Pastel.
Marian Wiseman: Cirsium artiste wisemarian. Watercolor.

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3 comments on “The Wednesday Studio uncovers the beauty of thistles

  1. Anonymous
    September 13, 2020

    They are all quite beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Nancy Arbuthnot
    September 14, 2020

    All so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.



  3. Pingback: More thistle art! | THE WEDNESDAY STUDIO

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