Since my garden in winter resembles something that Shrek might crawl out of at any moment, I start suffering from floral color deprivation around mid-January. To alleviate my symptoms I could stick clumps of fake flowers around my yard. Add in a few pink flamingos and I would be the talk of the neighborhood. Or, I could keep my good gardening reputation, and just satisfy myself with creating some colorful botanical art.
Getting Up Close to an Amaryllis
When I found this picture on PMP, I couldn’t resist drawing it. Mido Modi had captured the detail work and the bright colors that I love to throw into my art.
Since most of the area on the petals is white, I thought this wouldn’t take too long to do. But, so much for thinking. The shading details and sorting out the colors turned out to take almost as long as any other colored pencil drawing I’ve done.
I would have liked to get the shades of green at the flower’s center a little deeper and I may end up going over it again, but here’s the final piece as it stands.
A Whole Heap of Anthurium
When my mom and I went to Seattle last September, we made a stop off at the Volunteer Park Conservatory. With I-am-totally-drawing-this-later thoughts bouncing through my head, I snapped picture after picture (oh how grateful I am for digital cameras) of all the cool plants. Upon returning home, one picture really caught my eye and got placed at the top of my to-draw list.
These are Anthurium. Or, as I like to call them, Heart Plants or PeePee Plants (because of the pokey thing coming out of the heart-shaped flower). I started working on the small flower on the bottom left, but quickly got frustrated with trying to get the right shade of pink and set the whole project aside.
Motivation kicked back in after finishing the amaryllis (and after realizing I really needed some pieces for my exhibition), so I gathered up my pink pencils and got to it, working on one 2-inch square at a time as I normally do. Once I got in the color groove, the picture came together rather quickly.
I do like how this came out, but am a bit frustrated with a couple spots. First, I feel like there’s no real focal point. I tried to get the big flower at center right to be have darkest pink so it would be more eye-catching than the big one at bottom center, but sometimes colored pencils just don’t cooperate.
Also, regardless of settings, my scanner tends to overexpose, so the dark background areas don’t look as dark as they should. So much for appreciating technology.
Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget to check back in tomorrow to find out what sort of challenge I might give you for the first Sketchbook Saturday!
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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCIL. YOU CAN FIND HER WORK AT TAMMIE PAINTER’S BOOKSTORE & GALLERY.