Having decided to concentrate on seed pods and the dry grasses of winter. I took photos (outside and in ) and drawings (inside) of a selection of these objects.
THE IMAGES THIS SECTION ARE QUICK SKETCH BOOK STUDIES TO LOOK AT DIFFERENT FORMS
I purposely concentrated on sketching one plant only, with no supporting background and used a magnifying glass at times in order to acquaint myself with the greater details.
My initial fascination was the pink and shiny surface of the honesty siliculae in the morning sunshine but this was not easy to capture, only reproduced transiently in the studio when the sun fell upon them -however the image was short lived and I still await its recapture in photo or drawing.
I have caught a glimpse in the evening light:
Sketch book drawings, in the garden,unfortunately, failing to capture the sun on the silvery white seed pods.
Whilst in the garden I sketched the undergrowth which formed a visually interesting and darker background to the seed pods:
Could I incorporatte lace to help produce this effect in the studio?
Sketch inside, aiming to capture the soft subtle colours using conte yellow and pencil pink on 3H pencil:
Looking closely at the seed pod I was struck by its velvety or silk like feel.
Looking at other winter garden plants and seed pods:
The lupin pod –covered in fine hair with a pleasing curved shape but dry and brown and reminding me of old age with white hair and wrinkles on the outside and soft but leathery compartments on the inside of the pod where the seeds were nurtured:
The external surface of the lupin pod:
The inside of the lupin pod:
These pods did not feel delicate enough to want to include in the final drawing.
I liked the feel and form of the dried and crumpled leaf:
And the beautiful delicat6e strands of dry grasses:
The seed pod of the ash:
I think the mythological relevance of the ash is interesting in my quest to incorporate hands similar to those in the neolithic caves and the connection between the seed pods with human life.
“In British folklore the ash was credited with a range of protective and healing properties, most frequently related to child health.” ref:http://www.treesforlife.org.uk/forest/mythfolk/ash.html