The inspiration for this drawing came from a brilliant orange flower I found growing wild on a headland near the ocean. It was not large, but dramatic all the same. The basic drawing is a loose rendition of the form, then the coloured pencil came in to develop the sinuous forms, and take the image into another story of it its own. It was asking for an explosion of colour, and as usual small creatures started to appear within the leaf and petal forms.
The part I enjoy is taking the base form off on a journey with the marks made by the pencils, in directions quite unexpected. Each mark suggests the next one, and so it grows. I did another drawing of the plant, and am working on it now, and instead of going with the reds and oranges, this one is more in tones of purple and blue. Who knows if they will become companion pieces. Time will tell.
Below is the initial drawing in Liquid Pencil, followed by a detail of early marks, then details of the competed drawing.
The paper is 64 x 47 cm, Yupo, with Liquid Pencil and Caran d’Ache Luminance coloured pencils.