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!

This shows the drawing in its very early stages, the Liquid Pencil laid down and the coloured pencil beginning to be added.
A detail of the work in progress

The drawing is 64 x 47 cm, on yupo paper, using Liquid Pencil and Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils.

Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

8 thoughts

        1. Black and white was always my first choice, it’s taken me a long time to arrive at colour! The liquid pencil base offers so many possibilities, I could easily just work in monochrome for a future work, which would be a move away form the intensity of colour of these recent pieces, towards something more delicate. So many options! Thanks for your comments.


  1. The journey I go on when I look at this very powerful piece (it must look awesome in its hugeness) is to think energy. I go from that to explosion. And then I see a dance – in particular the ferocious energy of the flamenco. The fury of the dancer’s expression, the deliberate stomps of feet and wild swirls of fabric is all here. This is what I see in what started as a tulip. Marvelous.

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    1. Maybe Flamenco will be the title – I have been agonising over this. ‘Primavera’ is really too gentle and polite for this work, it has too much energy in it for a sweet and dainty title. Thank you! I knew I could rely on you for a new insight!


  2. Glad to be of help. I think “Flamenco” would be a great title, due to all of the above as well as the petals having a flame-like quality. Agreed that this is not a gentle piece, it is a passionate piece, not that the two need be mutually exclusive. (I would have seen your post earlier but I was away where there was no internet.)

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