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Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Leaf of the Day: More Kohlrabi Sketches

I only had the evening to work today and the deadline for veg is getting very close. So I bought some new kohlrabies, bigger this time and with more leaves. They are not the freshest and the leaves are somewhat limp so I am having to "arrange" them a bit. This is the problem of living in a city. I did go to the local farmers market last Saturday but found nothing better there and I can't find any with roots intact, so these will have to do.
As I can't draw such a complicated piece straight onto the watercolour paper (I would need to rub out too much and damage the surface), I have made a pencil sketch first and think I will also have to work out the leaves in more detail before painting.
This will be quite a big piece. I had to use the big 16 x14" sketch book for the pencil drawing (and had to scan the drawing in 2 halves as you can see).
The new colour sketch is on the smaller 9 x12".

For me, the danger of having to draw and redraw something is getting bored with the image. I do like to get on with the next thing. But it really does pay off if you can persevere. I have great regard for artists who specialise in just one subject ... say butterflies or birds, I just don't have the temperament, but that is the way to true excellence. I have been reading more about Audubon whose dedication and drive was completely extraordinary, the more I read, the more I respect and admire this remarkable man. Even if I had the talent and the drive I don't have enough years left to match a fraction of his achievement...

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More Kohlrabi Sketches



Pencil sketch on cartridge 16 x 14"


Watercolour and Pencil, on Kilimanjaro Watercolour Sketch Book 9 x 12"

2 comments:

Shady Gardener said...

Wow! I always like the black and white, but the color!! :-)

sharp green pencil said...

Thanks SG, the colour is gorgeous. The purple seems to change as I look at it from redder to bluer .. lovely.