Looking for interesting seasonal developments I took an alternative route through a recently planted woodland garden of Birch – some shade but still a lot of sunlight between the young trees. This is an ink painting developed from a sketch made last August. The division of space in the composition, blue and yellow, refers to the cool shade and hot sunlight.
Plant form – Honesty seed head ripening
Before the seed head ripens to brown and silver it goes through a range of pink, red and green. This year was good, not a lot of rain in the summer, hot and dry, so very little black mould to discolour the drying seed head. I used indian and acrylic ink for this painting, reworking an oil pastel sketch from early summer. Throughout the year I fill sketch books with drawings, initially to record my idea of the transformation of plants but always with a focus that this is a resource for future artwork.
I use photographs when the weather is too cold or wet, or I am rushed for time but my preference is to work from my first impression recorded by drawing.