Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Garden Grids




I had been journalling for a while, but two years ago I decided I wanted to add illustrations to my journals. I wasn't sure how to start as I wasn't very accomplished at drawing. My garden is where I spend a good part of every summer day so I decided to start there. Surely the flowers wouldn't mind if their portraits were a bit wonky, surely they wouldn't whine that it didn't really look like them. Once a week, I would sit on my deck and draw each of the flowers that were blooming. Since I planted many containers, this soon became overwhelming, so I focused only on the perennials. This weekend, I noticed that it was time to start this tradition again as there were currently six perennials blooming. Six! That would make a perfect grid drawing! This is the result. It is done in the Aquabee sketchbook with my fairly new Caran d'Ache watercolor pencils. They are buttery and rich and smooth and I liked the result so much that I didn't even add any water. My previous attempts had been with markers and with colored pencils.
This one on the left is from June 2006. This one on the right is from June 2005.
It's gratifying to see that there has been some improvement. Certainly using better materials and daily practising makes all the difference.

8 comments:

Africantapestry said...

I do love your grid with flower drawings, they're great!
Ronell

Tami said...

I think this came out Great! I love the simplicity and looseness of it

laserone said...

Oh how fun! These are really nice.

Teri C said...

I love all your flowers and the grid worked perfect for them. Adding illustrations to your journal is such a fun thing to do.

Kate said...

Another great thing about drawing flowers - they tend not to move. I really like the grid idea as well.

Sarah said...

I think you did well with these too, and it makes for some lovely colour combs, with the grid

Emma Pod said...

It's so interesting to see your work over time. Love the flower grid and your other sketches are nice too.

phthaloblu said...

This looks like something that would hang in a kitchen. Beautiful sketches of your plants.