Sunday, May 26, 2013

Lily of the Valley - Drawing 9

Lily of the Valley, Convallaria majalis

I didn't do a "photo shoot" of the plant this week, choosing instead to spend my time rendering it in colored pencil. After doing a pencil drawing and transferring it onto another sheet of paper, I used Prismacolor pencils to add the color.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wild Violets - Drawing 8

Last week I gathered an assortment of wild violet flowers and leaves, placed them a glass and photographed them. It was a cloudy day and I used a white background. I believe these components were helpful in producing these detailed photographs.

I find the beauty of these plants stunning. The colors and graceful shapes take my breath away!

Learning from the last drawing's lesson (Muscari), I did not sit down to draw this in the dining room with the east and south facing windows. Last time I had a difficult time placing the shadows because the lighting continued to shift as I was drawing. This time I set up the violets in a room with western exposure (end of day sunlight) and drew in the morning using a desk lamp to provide shadows. I drew for an hour and a half (it takes me a long time to get the shapes correct). I stopped and went to an appointment. When I returned home it was late afternoon and the sun was shining into the room, though not on the desk where the violets were.

The flowers and leaves had moved during these few hours! They must have followed the sun. Now there was no way to put the leaves and flower stems back to the original set up, so had to leave this sketch as is.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mother's Day Bazaar in Guilford, CT

I spent most of my studio time this week getting ready for the Mother's Day Bazaar, a gift show, in Guilford, CT, so was not able to devote time to drawing a new flower for my series of 52.

Here are some photos of the set up at the bazaar.


In keeping with my commitment to use the materials I have collected over the years, I created these journals:

Friday, May 3, 2013

Strawberry - Colored Pencil Study

For Week 3 of Mastering the Art of Colored Pencil we drew and colored a strawberry. Here is mine.

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