Another spring is here, with new growth awakening all around and the days lengthening. I can't believe this blog is now a year old today - time is flying.
I haven't had much time for art recently as work is becoming busier and I can't seem to find inspiration. I have a lack of enthusiasum- maybe artists block?
I have managed a few spring sketches this week however.
A snowdrop, crocus and grape hyacinth. White flowers are always hard on a white background; Subtle use of greys is needed and its difficult not to outline harshly.
A curly pansy called 'Frizzle Sizzle'.
This beautiful variety of Narcissus called 'Pipit' is lemony scented,multi-headed and has subtle white centres to the petals. Again the challenge is with yellow flowers and trying to get the shading right. A pale ultramarine violet wash was used in the left flower here.
This week I also looked back on some old paintings that I have kept. This is a very valuable thing to do; To view your progression through the artistic journey. I have thrown paintings away out of frustration before but I try and hold on to them now, a useful gauge for how far you have come and how to improve in the future.