"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Friday, 25 July 2008

Leaf of the Day: The Ginger Pod Again.

I really wanted to draw this little pod in its new state. It has changed so much in the last week. It seems that the seeds inside have grown larger and are pushing outwards causing the pod to split in 3 places. Even since yesterday it has changed, the seeds are slightly bigger and less green. It is the pod of the shell ginger I had sketched a couple of times a few days ago here. The changes are interesting, the colour has gone from a brighter greeny orange to deeper orange and reds and of course the seeds pushing out have caused the shape to become more squashed. It's fascinating. Sadly it fell off its stem which was pushed into some oasis so it had definitely lost some elegance, but it's still lovely.

Another Friday has rushed round and I shall be taking some time off plants this weekend to return to some colour experiments and exercises. I have been trying to fit them in while doing everything else but as Fred Astaire said 'somethin's gotta give'. I enjoy colour and while the botanical illustration course is interesting it doesn't allow at all for anything messy or experimental. The colour challenge with botanics is about seeing and matching colour as exactly as you can, and frankly I am getting in need of a bit of freedom so I will be doing some experiments this weekend. If the results are pleasing or even interesting I will post them. Many are not but such is the nature of experiments. Of course there may be a plant, seed pod, or leaf theme in there somewhere.
However, even if it is just coloured squares, as an artist, as long as you are actually doing something you have hope of progress. Many, including myself, would really rather just 'imagine' those leaps and strides we will make on our way to becoming the great artist we are doubtless destined to be, and go for a beer instead. There may be some fine displacement activity taking place this weekend too as I have to admit I got a bit of a taste for it on our last lazy weekend. The pool, the bar, the books, the DVD 's, general mooching ... or the colour exercises. Hmmmm....right now the colour exercises are losing!
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Shell Ginger Pod 2




3 comments:

I likE plants! said...

I know I sound like a broken record. but Wow! If you'd ever like to use any of my photos feel free!

Wicked Gardener said...

My shell ginger hasn't bloomed yet, so I haven't seen these pods yet. Looks like I have something interesting to look forward to.

sharp green pencil said...

Thanyou both for your encouraging comments! The gingers are just fab!