Final assignment Observation in Nature drawing from different angles, with different backgrounds and in different media

This section involves the investigation of seed pods in variety of media and techniques and the comparison to lace which is investigated as a background.

The honesty seed pods drawn in different media: 8B graphite, pen and ink (stipples) and pencil with felt tip:


the pen and ink drawing in spots shows the greater clarity of detail

Thinking about the nature of the seed pods: Then looking at the possibility of incorporating a lace like effect with the honesty seed pods:IMG_9529

drawn with wax resist, frottage and ink (lower image).

Using wax and ink to produce a lace effect:


Looking closer at lace as a background effect and using frottage over lace and over the seed pods:



Using wax resist to try to emulate the lace effect of light on the undergrowth and playing with the idea of incorporating the hand images reminiscent of neolithic man’s cave drawings:



And then the dried leaves, their beautiful crisp colours:

A delicate image in wax crayon:


wax crayon and felt tip:


I started at this point to look at images by Georgia O’Keefe. She focused her work on small areas of flowers or plants to produce a simplified, almost abstract images.

Images photographed Feb 2014 from the book: ” O Keefe” Published 2006 by Grange Books ISBN:10: 1-84013-926-9


My AutumnĀ  Oil on Canvas 1929 (at time of book publication held in a private collection Gerald Peters Gallery Santa Fe)


Jack-in-the-Pulpit No IVĀ  oil on canvas 1930 (Original in National Gallery of Art Washington)


Single Lily with Red 1928 Oil on Wood (held in Whitney Museum of Art New York at time of book publication)

Inspired by Georgia O Keefe :Two images of the leaf above, in which I filled the paper with the image, concentrating on the abstraction of the colour and lines -the first in wax crayon, the larger (A3 sized) in bright felt tip.

I liked neither of these, they shout too much -too big for detail yet too small to be entirely abstractions. They are unlike O Keefe’s in that they are not smoothly drawn -she puts little texture in the images using relatively flat colours over large areas, often blending into darker or lighter tones.



Returning to a more delicate approach with the air of lace ,delicacy and frailty: sketches of the honesty seeds and the twig with dried leaves


An interesting drawing using coloured pencils of the honesty seeds intertwined with twigs: the contrast between the darker pencil background and the plants makes this image glow similarly to the seed pods when I first spotted them in the garden and makes the image quite peaceful. It feels closer to the way I wanted the final image to develop and is reminiscent of a style that was provoked by my previous studies of Michael Landy’s plant drawings:


and an even more “exciting ” drawing in coloured pencils using multiple colours