I love new things…..new books, new inspiration, new techniques, new materials, I love them all but sometimes learning something new is more than a little difficult!
This week, I received this used book I ordered from Amazon. Most of you know I’ve been having a lovely time working on a nature journal, so I thought this book would be perfect!
This book is perfect…..it’s what is inside that is difficult. Here is one example….!
Beautifully drawn, beautifully executed……..I can draw, how hard can it be?
I’m very happy I don’t have a tutor that I have to send my work to, to be graded! If you notice the woman who drew this received a 66%, Holy Cow!
Determined to try, I went out into the yard and picked these……….
….beautiful roses from my yard, I put them in a vase and placed them on the table where I proceeded to draw.
The photo was taken at a slightly different angle than what I was drawing from, I drew from the flowers not a photo. I, also, was not trying for the whole bouquet. I just wanted to draw the three flowers in the foreground. This is a better comparison…….
It is difficult to draw from nature and make it look free and arty…..not stiff and fussy. This was a great exercise in “seeing”, looking for the shadows, foreshortening petals, making the centers look open and airy! I’m not too thrilled with my composition and I over shaded the back two flowers and the perspective is off on the flower on the right.
What a lesson! I may not be happy with what I learned by I did learn a thing or two! One of the things I learned is…..no matter what, you have to practice, practice, practice!