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Friday, 21 March 2014

Fragility and Flowers

I've wanted to be able to draw/paint flowers for a long time but I never seem to have the patience to get in all the detail they seem to need.

However, it struck me this week that they didn't have to be that complicated to still get their fleeting fragility (which is what they symbolise to me) onto the page. As I've been feeling pretty fragile all this week it seemed a good time to try a different approach.

Instead of trying to capture every crinkle, every shadow, I've gone for something much more illustrative and simple. Using acrylic ink & a dip pen to create an outline, I drew the basic contour onto a pre prepared layered background. Then, after the ink had dried, I went in with Twinkling H2Os and used wet on wet to get a mottled  textured petal coverage. Of course they don't look 'real', but I do think it's kept the fragility that the flowers represent to me so I'll definitely be trying this more.

The quote is from Alice in Wonderland. When I read the book as a young girl I always knew the flowers who say the words were referring to girls like me.

Do you have any tips for drawing/painting flowers? Or any special symbols for how you're feeling now?

34 comments:

  1. I found your blog through the Art Journal Every Day link up, and I'm so glad I did! I just LOVE this page, I don't think you need to be afraid of flowers anymore, you've got it in the bag!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet words, I see a lot of flowers in my future!

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  2. Very pretty page. Just perfect for the start of spring, whether it is really spring like or not outside.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment. I'm in the southern hemisphere so autumn is coming my way... but that gives me an idea for a page with leaves.

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  3. Think you flowers are great! Your page turned out beautifully. Happy PPF!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. It means a lot to me.

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  4. Sweet flowers!

    Smiles, Saskia :)

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  5. So pretty and delicate. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Annette.

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  6. Beautiful pages!!! Your flowers are perfect ♥

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    1. Thanks for your beautiful words Carol.

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  7. Very sweet flowers! The Alice quote works very well with your illustration!

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    1. Thank you Abigail, so glad you liked the connection.

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  8. Beautiful flowers Kooky! Yes flowers will always be preferred because of colors and delicate lines. Like the water color technique used. Better yet as acrylic is more permanent. Thanks for dropping by!

    Hank

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment Hank.

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  9. These flowers are beautiful and you've captured the fragility really well. Hope you feel less fragile in this coming week :)

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    1. Thank you for your lovely thoughts Tracy... strangely enough I felt much less fragile once I'd finished this piece. Funny how art does that eh?

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  10. this is beautiful! i love the color palette you've chosen.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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  11. I think you captured the feeling well. I hope you continue to paint flowers. :)

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    1. What a lovely thing to say Katherine... now I'm not afraid of them I imagine I probably will!

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  12. I think your flowers are beautifully painted, you have selected the most important details to produce a lovely image. It would make a great card. I like your use of the Alice quotation. When I grew flowers in my greenhouse many years ago I would talk to them to encourage them to grow and prosper.
    Thank you for your nice comment on my blog, Kooky.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment and little view into your world Jez.

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  13. Your flowers are very beautiful, and I also like the background you created very much.

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    1. Thanks so much Carola, it's my go to 'art stuff with gesso on' background style - so glad you like it.

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  14. Your flowers are beautiful as is your background. I don't think it matters what time of year it is, flowers always make me happy. Looking at your painting gave me a very peaceful feeling. Thank you!

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    1. What a lovely thing to say Ginny, and yes - flowers always make me happy to. I think there is a Chinese proverb about that... :-)

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  15. Hi Kooky,

    Love the way you rendered these flowers and by out lining their petals you captured their delicate beauty.
    Lovely work.



    Annabelle m..m

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    1. Thanks for your gentle words Annabelle! They mean a lot to me.

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  16. Wow, I love these flowers...
    The colors are amazing!

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    1. Thank you Marianne, so glad you love those colours.

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  17. You have a very unique way of painting flowers they seem to be growing and floating in space! Very beautiful and organic. I tend to paint flowers very loose with watercolor and sometimes it works and sometimes it makes a bit mess. Happy PPF

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    1. I've made plenty of messes too! I think that's what gesso is for! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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