Sunday, 14 August 2011

Fuchsia - coloured

Fuchsia "Blackie"
I stood the ink drawing of the Fuchsia (see previous post) on my shelf where I could see it as I came and went into my 'study'. I always do this as it helps me to see them through the eyes of others after a while.

Anyway, the starkness of this sketch has been screaming at me to add some colour. In the end I gave in and washed in a weak Cadmium Red on the Sepals, and a weak Purple Lake to the corolla (petals).

In truth, the sepals should be much more vivid and the corolla ought to be very dark, almost black. Even so, I like this much better and have decided to do a proper painting of this flower when I can.

8 comments:

  1. John, I like that you've added color and I think you should go ahead and paint it.
    I've done several flowers in graphite, and even though the drawings were very good it lacked something.. I suppose it's because flowers are all about color..I might post it to the forum.. . go ahead ...PAINT IT!
    BJ

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  2. The added colour is fab! Can't wait to see what you do when you paint it.

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  3. Barbra Joan, thank you for posting your drawings in the forum. They are superb and go to prove that pictures of flowers really do need colour. I will definitely be painting this one.

    Pat, I'm glad you like the coloured version. Thank you.

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  4. I think your pen drawings are always beautifully done John, and this one is no exception. I also think this would be a great subject for a nice not-too-loose watercolour with the judicious use of wet in wet.

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  5. Michael, I appreciate that very much. Thank you. ;-)

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  6. I missed the last one for some reason - but looking at them both I love the coloured version, simply because I love colour (as you can probably tell by my blog)! I am loving your sketches John and I really hope to see some more :0)

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  7. Yes Sandra, I had noticed you're a bright and breezy colour person. LOL. Thank you for the lovely comment. ;-)

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  8. Would like to see it painted. Agree with the comments about flowers needing color. Lovely drawing.
    Jean

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