Adding colour

begonia_web

The experiment with water soluble pencils continues, but a little differently, as I have decided to add colour. Having the tonal drawing beneath gives a useful structure for the colour to go on top. I decided to leave some parts in graphite for contrast, and highlight the main parts of the flowers/berries with colour. The colour is simple, almost monochrome in each case, with no real attempt to create botanical reality, it is there more to enhance the shape and form, and maybe take the images away from their plant origins into another kind of object.

I used Faber Castell watercolour pencils (Albrecht Durer), so that I could continue to draw, but adding water gives more of a painterly feel, and some unexpected results.

The above image was inspired by a double begonia flower, below the inspiration came from spindle berries, crocuses and sweet peas.

All are 23 cm x 25 cm. Some of the drawings without colour can be seen here.

spindleberries_webcrocus_websweetpeas_web

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19 thoughts on “Adding colour

  1. These are breathtakingly beautiful. While quite new, they also take me back to your jewellery (some of which I have) which were painted with oils – and your piano keys. These are such a rich gorgeous series, they are bursting with vibrancy.

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  2. Anna somehow I missed this post! I would know your flowers anywhere, they are your signature. So lush and deep! It must be the way you apply your pencil strokes, it looks so velvety. Just lovely!

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