So, here it is, the finished master tracing of my mixed composition, ready for use with my lightbox. Trying to keep things relatively simple, I have used just three of the lily flowers with one stem of freesia, and a sprig of ivy with its clusters of flower buds. Looking at it again, I did make some minor changes with the ivy stem and put in another cluster of buds just peeking out from behind the lily on the right hand side.
Not one for the classic botanical compositions, I have gone for something that really caught my eye, and is generally practiced in floristry. The shape is called a 'Hogarth Curve', Lazy 'S' or Line of Beauty, and is meant to resemble the signature used by the artist on his pieces. All the maths and divisions of my page early on gave me the vertical line that the composition is built around, and the width of the overal piece that had to contain the main blooms. Here's hoping I can pull it off.
|The characteristics of the Hogarth Curve are|
a vertical line joining the top and bottom,
a contained central composition,
and lots of space around it.
The tracing paper I use is actually a very smooth grey film that is used for architectural drawings. Back in my other life, (when I was about 16) this is what I did for a living, and have still got an enormous roll of this stuff tucked away. Just goes to show that what is in the loft, 'may come in handy', one day.