I took this photograph of these flowers at Descanso Gardens. I'm not sure what kind of flower they are, but I loved that they seemed to have flowers within flowers. I hope that you will enjoy this photo!
Edit: It looks like this flower is a zinnia, thanks Jennifer!
I love to paint flowers, you may see some of my finished paintings at www.lisarusso.com if you'd like.
Here is a sketch of a big eyed gothic maiden. She has serious expression, her hair is flowing around her, and she has a dashing little hat. I think she is most likely a mermaid, although she could also be a fairy angel or a goddess. I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.
I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in July. This is day 27.
This is a rough sketch.