The seeds on this seed head are curled up inside the head and snap off as the seed head dries.
Well until next time, I hope you enjoyed this part of my Sketching adventures!
I mixed very similar neutral tones once again, beiges, yellows, warm browns, greys and tans.
I started enter and win poster by studying the flower head and whole plant as it developed.Its hard to see on the image below but hopefully youll see what I mean.You also only need to do this where the painted areas are pale.Youve probably noticed that I stick the seeds onto my drawing board with Blutac.The seed head has not yet matured so I will need to add this at a later date.I chose three Cockerel/Rooster feathers from my collection, which are very colourful.Below I have started to add some of my darker blue green mix along the edges of the veins and washed it out to make smooth do the graduated wash apply a damp brush along the edge of the paint so that it fades away.I left the fruits to one side and got on with drawing up the leaf section focussing on the part where the leaves fan out from the petiole.I spent time drawing up my composition on tracing paper and then cut it up to arrange it on my page.The conker fruits were also ground up and given to horses as a cure for a cough.I collected conkers and arranged them to fill this section but I wasnt convinced by this composition.I have blobbed the green and yellow paint in on this side which gives the impression of the smaller veins in between where the paper shows through.Dont sweep too much off or youll end up with a dry bit!I have found it a great tool for studying small flowers before I paint them.The yellower green is for the main area of the leaf.Take a little paint into the brush making it flat rather than pointed and then rub a bit of the excess onto your cloth/kitchen roll.I used a lot of colours and tones for this piece.Some time went by and they started to lose their sheen and shrivel.
Now the right side is starting to look more formed I will do the left side using my different shades of brown to create the mottled pattern.
Ml If you find that you'll find nothing special with regards to shoulders.