Saturday, 18 September 2010

plants from life



One thing I love about older paintings is that they don't look like they were done from photos. I've realised that I like the non-photo aesthetic and so have started trying to draw more from life where I can. Mostly I've been drawing plant-life from small clippings and pot plants. So far it's working well. During the day I go for a walk and scout out the various plants hanging over fences or by the train track, then go back at night (under the cover of darkness :) with a pair of scissors.

If I had my own garden I think I would use it to cultivate plants specifically for the purpose of drawing them.

12 comments:

nati said...

Are you working on new paintings? *me happy* And, I love plants, you know ^_^

Melissa said...

Right now I'm working on paper with graphite, tea and coloured acrylic inks. I'm not sure if that makes it a painting or a drawing. Plants are awesome :)

Alex Louisa said...

I've been planting things that I'd specifically like to draw, but I'm not always very good at keeping them alive... I'm slowly learning though!!

I like what you've drawn so far, and I especially like your plant 'borrowing' under the cover of darkness! I've been eyeing off a few neighbourhood plants for the same reason!

Sarah Bug said...

I've done that too, only I call it "Rogue Gardening". If I see a vine or bush i really love I'll go back in the dead of night and take a clipping to root for my garden. It's not like the owner would care, its just more fun this way.

Jessie said...

Come and collect your blog award from over on mine! Your blog is gorgeoous :o) x

bec winnel said...

This is such a beautiful process. Reminds me of Monet and his garden :) x

Johanna Urban said...

Amazing blog!!
xx

johanna, sweden
art

Chris said...

Feel free to raid my garden whenever you want. What's left of it, anyway :) x

partialview said...

You have an amazing talent. I reached one your posts through a "painting on wood" search and could stop going through your art. Beautiful work!

All the very best.
Priya

partialview said...

*could not. :O)

Debt said...

Well, I think you have great talent. I appreciate your art. It is looks like very natural and I like the way you have done these work.

JamesCrader said...

This is the most important thing about it. I've realised that I like the non-photo aesthetic and so have started trying to draw more from life where I can.