wilted flowers

Wilted flowers drawing

I wanted to illustrate the Thich Nhat Hahn quote “wilting flowers do not cause suffering; it is the unrealistic desire that flowers not wilt that causes suffering.” That resonates with me at this point in my life.

What worked:

I like the centers of the flowers. First, I colored them in using the brown watercolor pencil. Then I dipped the pencil and water and made dots. That leaves lumps of material on the paper. Finally I added ink dots.

I used a different brush to add water to the painting once the watercolor pencil drawing was completed. It seems to spread the color more successfully. I like the background.

What I would do differently:

get a more clear reference photo I couldn’t see the detail of the undergrowth so I made it up. I don’t know enough about this kind of landscape to do it justice. I made a decision early in the process not to draw all the flowers. I wish I had then spent some time considering and adjusting the overall composition.

There were two weeks between the first and second work sessions. That meant I had to relearn what I intended to draw.

I would like to draw more consistently, but that would require a different level of PCA staffing.

While I liked different parts of this drawing as it was progressing, I’m not very pleased with the final product.



Posted on

June 27, 2017

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