Agapanthus plant form – individual flower heads emerging from the bud.
Agapanthus no.2 is an ink painting developed from a sketchbook study. I draw with colour in my sketchbooks as it is another responsive element for expression of light, weather, heat, colour of the subject or my energy. I use the black ink in the paintings as a network, loosely overlaying the colour beneath, defining the form.
I visited RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Essex last week with my sketchbook. This extract is a pen sketch of rose hips with an acrylic ink test strip. The test paper is used to work out the colours I want ready for use when I start on another artwork. There are always adjustments to the ink mixes as I proceed but to have approximate colours means I can work more fluidly.
RHS Hyde Hall Garden is one of my regular haunts, even in winter, but one of my favourite times is now, when plants and trees are fruiting or seeding with the late blast of summer flowers. But if visiting in June for the roses you have to remember to breathe out as all you want to do is take in all the different rose scents.
This is a detail of thumbnail sketches when I reworked my visual references for composition and colour tryouts. If you look at an earlier image posted, you may possibly recognise one of the plants sketched at Cocklespit beach.
I regularly use the technique of ‘thumbnails’, as they are small, (for me approximately 5.0cm x 6-8.0cm), and take very little time. This helps me to generate and make visual, a number of ideas on the same page ready for reworking, in this instance, with acrylic and indian ink.