Intricacy in form is something that always attracts me, so when I saw a photo taken by a friend of an elaborately curled and frilled tulip I was inspired to use that as a starting point for a large drawing. As always happens, the drawing has moved a long way from its origins, and taken on a life of its own, becoming an abstract form.
The loose base drawing was done with a large brush in Liquid Pencil, then drawn into with coloured pencils, each mark leading to the next. It has a sense of bursting out and flying away, and not really plant-like at all close up, maybe more menacing and fleshy, but still with its own beauty. Settling on a title is tricky – at present it is Primavera, meaning Spring, which works with the origin in a tulip, but maybe still not right … another thought I had was Tapestry, because of the intricacies of the patterning, but that still doesn’t really cover it. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
The drawing is 64 x 47 cm, on yupo paper, using Liquid Pencil and Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils.