OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING: THE POWER OF FLOWERS

All my life I have crippled by the idea that I cannot draw properly, when in fact I could. My Father, Hugh Thomas, an incredible artists in his own right, has always championed the idea that drawing is representative, and that there is no ‘correct’ way in how we visualise our chosen subject matter.

Today I decided to utilise images I have found within an incredible book, RIJKS MUSEUM AMSTERDAM: BLOEMAN FLOWERS, my Mum recently gave me and try to encapsulate the mark-making and patterns found within so many of the floral observational/representational/stylise studies. Initially trepidation turned into elation when I found that I could create these wonderful lines, patterns and textures mandatory to describe flowers.

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Yes, these are only simple continuous line drawings, but I feel they encapsulate the essence of a flower. The next step will be to draw directly from life, so a trip to Aldi to buy some flowers is a must.

I think I will concentrate on drawing ROSES, PEONIES and IRISES.

First of all I have given myself a set of guidelines, which I know will improve my drawing and observational skills:

  1. Keep a regular diary. Write down what I want to achieve, and how I want to achieve it.
  2. Make sure I have the correct materials, in good condition.
  3. Keep collecting interesting material, objects true, photographs, typeface and lettering, and fabrics and materials.
  4. Set up directional lighting, especially if I am undertaking work with texture, pattern , shape and form.
  5. Practice mark-making every day, especially curving and flowing lines.
  6. Look carefully at scale, size and underlying structure.
  7. Proportion is vitally important. Plan out your work, and practice it until it becomes second nature.
  8. DON’T GIVE UP!!!! I CAN DRAW.