Saturday, March 19, 2005
This star magnolia bush blooms early every spring, shortly after the crocus and just before the jonquils fill out. I cut a few pieces this morning to do some quick sketches, knowing that they will not last long in the house, even in water. The blue bottle looks quite wonky on this page -- I did it directly with watercolor, and had my sketchbook flat on the table. Really, it looked perfectly straight from my perspective at the time ... it gave me a huge laugh when I picked it up and saw all the weird angles. The bottle looks like IT is blowing in the March wind!
Having read a great hint about using an imaginary clock face for drawing roof angles on buildings on Richard Bell's site -- Wild West Yorkshire (see link to the right) -- I used the same principle on the petals of the flowers, and had the easiest time I've ever had drawing them. If only I had used the same technique for the bottle!