For those wondering after my previous post. Mister Plod the Policeman has not yet been to investigate the suspiciously illuminated greenhouse. Maybe the neighbours have not grassed me up, or maybe the local coppers have better things to do (involving tea and Christmas cake at the station).
It is traditional to post about the highlights of the past year. Mine have all involved friends made via this blog. Culminating in my trip to Montreal in September to meet up with my blogging buddies Dominique, Dee Dee and Linda. The highlight of my year by far.
One quiet afternoon during this visit Dominique arranged some zucchini flowers on a plate for me to draw. The photos I took and the graphite drawing gave me a nice opportunity to develop a quick colour drawing during the holidays. It also allowed me to be nostalgic and to look forward to my next visit.
So here it is. Step-by-step.
The photo and sketch from Montreal.
Transferring the sketch to Bristol Board and using Prismacolor Black Grape and Verithin Violet to shade under where greens and yellows/oranges will be.
Then we start to add greens to the stems, veins and calyces. In this case Polychromos Permanent Green Olive and Polychromos Earth Green Yellowish.
Then slowly build up the oranges from dark to light, finishing with yellow. The various pencils used are shown in the subsequent picture.
White was used to add some reflected highlights to stems etc. And then it was finished😊. I finished it whilst listening to Leonard Cohen to mentally reinforce that link with Montreal.