Monday, 18 August 2014

Perfect Imperfection

Just spent a morning working on the Iris seed pods, and I am really enjoying the challenge of capturing all of the greens that are melding into each other on the fruits. It's nice to find the blotches and blemishes forming too, as these add such lovely character to a piece and bring the sense of the living plant onto the page. Getting that little moment in time is what it's all about for me, and I love to get a real sense of the personality and fragility of every subject. I think that's also why I like to add blemishes and nibble holes to leaves, nothing is ever completely perfect, and I like that.

Nature will bear the closest inspection,
She invites us to lay our eyes level with her smallest leaf,
and take an insect view of it's plain
Henry David Thoreau

So, with a couple of wash layers completed, the depth and tone is starting to take shape and give the fruits some sense of roundness. Working into the creases with some darker mixes, leaving areas of light right next to it, gives such a wonderful contrast, and going darker still will give even greater impact. On such a small scale, I am looking forward to seeing how the subject sits within the space.

Technology helps stop the ageing process

Laying a light wash of Cerulean with a little Lemon Yellow

Brighter shades of green going into the shadow areas

Modelling the pods

The far left pod with the first wash

The seeds from the pod I opened the other day have shrivelled somewhat and are a bit of a dull brown, unlike the Iris foetidissima, which has the most glorious, glossy orangey-red seeds and is grown mostly for this display, as the flowers are not that spectacular. Interestingly, this along with Iris pseudoacorus are the only two native British iris species. 

Iris foetidissima seeds in Autumn
image care of On the Edge Gardening
Before I shuffled off for some lunch,
this was as far as I got today.

A wash of Transparent yellow over the 'warmer'
areas gives a good contrast of warm and cool 



Tipulida said...

Thank you for posting such good photos of your seed pods. A picture really say more than words, but in this case your word helps to :-)

Debbie Nolan said...

Jarnie - such great work on those seed pods. Your talent clearly comes across in each piece you do. Have a great day.

Sketchbook Squirrel said...

Thank you Tipulida, my photography skills have certainly improved over the years. Glad the pics are helpful.

Hi Debbie and thanks for your kind words, as always. Had a couple of 'schoolboy errors' along the way, but pleased how it's come on.