Don't worry, I haven't gone all Sci-Fi. The subject in question is of course, a bright pink Cosmos named Tetra Rose. These flowers have sprung up all over the place since I planted them in the garden earlier this year. Whenever I do something in the garden, I generally forget where I have planted things and they come as a complete suprise when they grow. Anyway, I have got some gorgeous flowers coming up and couldn't resist sketching a few with the idea of incorporating them into my next piece.
This approach will not last long and I will soon knuckle down to the important business of sorting a good subject, getting the background finalised and composing something I am happy with. To be honest, this assignment was the one I was dreading the most and now it's here, I haven't changed my mind. It's a big piece, and challenging too, I just hope I balance it right.
|A beautiful clear pink flower. I love the deeper colour near|
to the centre.
|The buds are more maroon in colour and are gloroiously glossy.|
For this sketchbook page, I included some initial ideas for a background and layout. Painting a sky or blurred background might offset the flowers quite well. Here, I allowed the very wet wash to run down the paper by tilting it. A second wash was added and allowed to run up. A small amount of sea salt was sprinkled onto the drying paint to give the appearance of other flora. This will be behind the more detailed painting. I have also included a couple of more detailed thumbnails but I have yet to decide what to do. Still, it's early days.
|My first sketchbook page |
for assignment 11.