It may seem strange to be writing a post about late summer when we in the southern hemisphere are heading towards the beginning of summer, but the ideas inspired by seasons are continuing, as you will see if you look at the last few posts I have done.
This drawing is inspired by an agapanthus head which is at that late summer withering-up stage, the flowers gone over and the strong blue faded. This is the stage I find so entrancing with plants – the shapes that develop as the life ebbs away, they twist and turn and take on new forms.
The initial drawing was done with watered-down liquid pencil, with a brush, just loosely mapping in the basic shapes. Then I drew into the forms with pencil, intensifying detail and tone. A little colour was added with Prismacolour pencils. The support is Yupo, a strange, plasticised surface, which allows the watery liquid pencil to pool and crystallise where it is put on more thickly, as it cannot be absorbed into the surface. The coloured pencil slides on the surface, meaning it is impossible to add intense colour.
The drawing is larger than life at 43 cm wide and 29 cm deep. It may be finished, I’m not sure. Really, I like the details best – maybe I will use these as inspiration for further drawings. Following are three detail images.