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


Jack-in-the-Pulpit No IV  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



Klee Wyck A book by Emily Carr Canadian artist and drawer of Totem Poles

Emily Carr, Blunden Harbour, 1930.  sourced on line October 2013 from:

Emily Carr was brought to my attention by my daughter who spent a year in Canada. Emily was a Canadian born in 1871, who through her life visited Canadian aboriginal villages, many deserted, to record the life nature and spirituality of this devastated race. She was influenced by the Fauve and Post Impressionist movements and studied for a while in France.

I find her images very stark and cold perhaps reflecting a sadness of a lost race but am interested to learn that she was part of the women’s art movements in which Georgia O’Keefe was involved ( and with whose art I feel there is a connection) and that she worked with the Canadian group of Seven. She wished to express the religion of the aboriginal peoples as the love of nature which she herself began to embrace.  Her book, written in later life records some of her adventures in attempting to get to and stay for periods in the deserted overgrown villages in North West Canada.

Emily Carr, Kitwancool, 1928.  sourced on line (October 2013 ) from:

In my love of ancient art such as the wall paintings in France, I am also fascinated by the representations of life and nature as expressed by the America’s first nationers