Hi there, how are you?
The Christmas tree came down today, all packed away neatly till next year. Everything looks plain and dull now all of the shiny things are gone.
I went out into the garden, I was trying to pick the last quince off the branch but it seems to have welded itself on and can’t be taken off without taking off the whole branch. I’ll try again later.
Whilst there I spotted the hydrangea plant; All of the flowers are gone except for a few flower skeletons. The flowers wither and decay until all that is left are the veins of the petals. They’re quite beautiful and very delicate.
I brought some in to examine and draw. Here are the little experiments made so far.
These were drawn onto a pink background. There was some inky water left over from something else and I painted it over several pages to take the whiteness away.
The pink and green should have been brown really but my head went straight to the colour (brains are weird)
I drew the skeletons with various gold or metallic pens to see how it looked, it never shows up in scans so the top image is me trying to show the shiny pens off in a photograph.
This page I tried different backgrounds on the white page. I’m wondering what they would look like on toned or black paper now, more experiments to try hehehe.
This one is one of my envelope doodles. When I’m cooking sometimes there’s a short period of waiting for things to finish. The top doodle took seven minutes which is how long it took for the carrots to steam. The second was painted whilst waiting for the washing machine door to open and inked over a little later.
They’re fun and quick to do in moments that would otherwise involve me staring into void waiting for things to happen. There’s no pressure because it’s just the back of an envelope and will be recycled along with the others if I don’t like it. It’s also a good way to try out or jot down an idea quickly so it’s not forgotten.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x