I wanted to go to the Dublin Sketchers meet up today but the bus took too long and it started raining so I made a deal with myself that if I did some drawing at home, I could have chocolate.. That galaxy was yummy..
So what I came up with was to draw some a sycamore key I have in my "fallen comrades" box (where I collect dried flowers and leaves) :D
Botanical study is something I'm trying to get into in between my linguistic studies, and the idea of plants having consciousness or a personality is something I love to explore, if even in a simplistic way..
I purposely picked a sycamore key that was frayed because it's in-keeping with a close theme of mine of "imperfection" being much more interesting, visually and figuratively..
To draw the sycamore key, I used chalk pastels to block in colour, smudged the colour to create some soft gradients, then used colouring pencil for the smaller details. I took some inspiration from a Roisin Lewis exhibition that I saw in the RHA last year: http://www.royalhibernianacademy.ie/html/exhibitions/lewis_2010.html
I interpreted her work as the trefoils having spirits as they decayed, symbolised by the brown and blue, paler brothers and sisters of the green plants. I used this concept in the above drawing. Even though the surrounding leaves and "curlies" are not part of the sycamore trees, I wanted to use them as symbolizing spirit...
Also, the leaves are derived from a necklace that I made from different parts of jewellery from second hand shops, and the key from the piano (Alfred - previous post).