Thursday, April 16, 2009

Proteas and pearls

These are flowers my husband gave me for our 30th - yikes -wedding anniversary on Tuesday - and pearls too... pearls, for me! He is a very special man and I'm exceptionally glad I married him - but I'm not going into that too deeply here - I thought I'd just show you sketches of the magnificent proteas and roses (I didn't feel like drawing the bowl - and the pearls are a bit too much of a challenge - to do them justice).
I coloured the top one with the rather disappointing Pitt artist pens that I blogged about here - seeing if I might get a range of colours and values that I could use for quick sketching, but they're all rather uniform not being water-soluble, except for the pale yellow, which is as dry as a bone - I had to lick and scrub to get a slight tinge from it.

I drew them again, a bit more loosely - might colour this with watercolours, or just work into it with more linework - I'm on a bit of a drawing pursuit at the moment, since discovering this nib again that is so pleasant to draw with.
There's a good article on Empty Easel about foreshortening that I am looking forward to trying out. As much drawing as I've done over the years, I've had little tuition in the basics, having been dozing or daydreaming at school when they asked who wanted to do Art as a subject, which I really, really did! I'll let you know how it goes...

16 comments:

kay susan said...

Lucky you! That pitt pen piece makes a really nice illustration!

Gillian said...

oh well done BFG - what a spectacular gift - along with the pearls. And congrats again to you both on 30 years of matrimony!!
I love both these - the ink pen and coloured one. The Pitt pens may be disappointing but you managed to do magic with them. The roses amongst the proteas made a lovely contrast.

Pat said...

Congratulations on your occasion and these two drawings. Beautiful.

laura said...

Happy Anniversary. Your husband's a lucky man!
I'm amazed at your drawing of the proteas: I am very challenged at drawing things that are constructed in that way!

Vivienne said...

Happy Anniversary, Beautiful Gatties!
You are a joy to each other and everyone you meet.
Is BFG the protea and you the perfect white rose? Lovely sketches.
As for the pearls... you have to wear them often to make them glow, I'm told, though not in the bath.

Cathy Gatland said...

Tee hee - exactly so Vivienne ;-) A painting of a woman (a perfect rose) in the bath, with pearls, appeals to me - even if it's not strictly good for the pearls.
Thanks Gillian, they are spectacular - more so than I've drawn them!
And Laura, Pat and Kay Susan, thank you!

Suzanne McDermott said...

Congratulations on your 30th!! And that your love is too profound to capture in a phrase.

Glad that you shared part of your gift with us (not that you don't on a regular basis!). I'll look back on your Pitt pen post as I skimmed over it the first time. Warm wishes for many more wonderful years with your husband.

Beetle said...

Love the dog. I forgot to go to my art exam. They had to come and find me.

Classic Collection Band said...

Cathy... how wonderful! Congratulations to you and the hubby!

Watercolorist said...

Happy anniversary to you both. My husband and I are coming up for 44 years in August. I love the proteas and would love to see how they come out in watercolors. I've been wanting to attempt them myself for some time.
Jean

RHCarpenter said...

Happy 30th! What a wonderful gift from your husband :) And your gift to us - the illustration of the flowers - is wonderful, too.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Happy anniversary. So good to see you working with flowers (my passion) and really look forward to seeing the watercolour of the proteus. I enjoyed sketching them when I visited Kirstenboch Gardens in Cape Town... there were so many different types.

Terry Banderas said...

This is a beautiful work of art. Nice post. Hope your anniversary was memorable.

africantapestry said...

what lovely proteas, one of my favourite flowers! Congrats on your anniversary, 30 years...you lucky woman! One day though, you'll have to go into it a bit deeper and tell us!
ronell

José said...

Hi,

You have a good work on the values and the depiction of perspective is convincing.
It's a fine work of art.

Best regards,

José

Sharon said...

A lovely little piece of anniversary art. Congratulations!