My travel sketchbooks are a continuing source of imagery for my larger drawings, as they were always intended to be. This one began with the large eucalypt leaves in the centre, and my original plan was for each element to be just leaves, but somehow a few flowers crept in, but always with attendant leaves, no matter how small! They are not perfectly botanically accurate, but I think most of them are identifiable. As far as I know they are all Australian natives, as they were all found growing wild in various places across outback Australia.
This is a companion piece to the shells drawing (see here) I did towards the end of last year, they are the same size, and both with the imagery sourced from my travel sketchbooks. All being well they will be part of an exhibition I will be having in April with a friend, here in Sydney. Now I will be returning to my more abstract pieces, which are also inspired by the travel sketchbooks, but with the ideas developed in a more experimental direction.
The drawing is 50 x 70 cm, on 300 gsm Magnani Corona hot pressed watercolour paper, and I used Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils. I do struggle to get good photographs, keeping the white of the paper while maintaining the colour within the drawing, so please bear this in mind!