Botanic art is not an easy discipline. Last week I was very disappointed with my efforts with a Chaenomeles blossom which was only slightly alleviated by the excitement of reorganising my workroom. I will share only one of my drawings as it illustrates how difficult it was for me to draw petals (and I am too ashamed of the other drawings). A petal is delicate, light and ephemeral and flutters lightly in the breeze.
Not under my heavy handed pencil work; my efforts do not do it justice in any shape or form.
So thoroughly discouraged I have put petals to one side for the moment, when I am more skilful I will revisit the lovely Chaenomeles and try again.
Thinking I need something a bit more solid to get my teeth into, my eye landed on Photinia Red Robin growing in the garden. Ah ha! tough, bold, good angles, shape and colour and not a petal in site – my next subject.
The outline drawing was accomplished fairly painlessly, and by the end of the day I had the outline ready on good paper ready to start the colour work. I think I am going to start drawing stones and rocks, why! Because plants move! They shift, they sag, they droop, they twist, bits fall off, they just change – moment by moment they are not the same. So the next morning all was different, so that is another skill that I need to acquire; the ability to be flexible and the ability to adapt.
I am still working on this image, the colours are fun to work with, each leaf is different and I am enjoying the process. I have been listening an unabridged version audio book of Les Miserables, in all the time the musical has been running I have never seen it, and I still have not seen the film – well at least I know the story now.