Friday, January 2, 2015

Hydrangeas

After a very busy Christmas week it was such a pleasure to sit quietly and sink into this drawing.
Once I get going on a very detailed drawing it takes on a rythmn of line and shapes.
You get into the zone of placing one shape next to another.
Each pedal has something which distinquishes it from the next and the longer you concentrate on this aspect, the easier it is to find those characteristics.

Hydrangeas, 18" x 24"

This reference is one of many photos I took while walking around Cooperstown, NY
the morning of my son's wedding.
It was very early and the light was beautiful.
These hydrangeas were past their peak so the color was a bit faded in areas with pops of sap green, ochres and browns creeping into the pedals and leaves.  This made the scene even more special.
I hope I can do it all justice.


There's much to do before painting can begin, picking up excess graphite, 
stretching the paper and painting in resist in spots.

All to be continued next week!

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