This was a drawing I started a long time ago, but keep coming back to and tweaking a bit here and there. The inspiration was the tiny native orchids found in Western Australia – the flowers are only about 2 or 3 cm across, but intricate and unusual.
For this drawing I have taken the basic shapes and enlarged and exaggerated the forms, taking them into that other world of living things that cross the borders between plants and animals, becoming fleshy and heavy. Now they are like sea creatures, maybe a kind of starfish, or even related to the jellyfish that I have been drawing recently. To me they have a hungry, carnivorous look, but are merrily dancing along a shoreline.
They were originally drawn just in graphite, but then I rubbed most of that away and worked into them, first with pastel pencils, then coloured pencils, a mix of Lyras and Pablos. The paper is 420 mm x 297mm (A3), Arches hot press 300 gsm.