Friday, June 09, 2006

friday evening again

It was a beautiful Friday evening here so I sat in the driveway and sketched the Oak Leaf Hydrangea that is just coming into bloom. It undergoes so many changes during the short summer months.

Right now it is a cluster of spring-green buds, starting to bloom from the bottom of the floral spike. The new blossoms are a delicate green, so paper-thin that you can see through them where they overlap. I'll try to sketch the progession and record it here - these transparent but pliant petals will change dramatically as the season progresses...

early oak leaf hydrangea

note: this is a watercolor and ink sketch on Aquerello paper (6"x6") rather than my usual moleskine. I wanted to see what a difference real watercolor paper would make. It is very significant when it comes to the way the colors take to the paper. The paper itself is a wonderful white that adds light-ness to the whole piece; the color, of course, grabs the tooth of the paper and just settles in without muddying. mmmmm. I guess I will have to check out the moleskines made with WC paper. hmmmmmmmmm.

2 comments:

Lin said...

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS STARR!! NOT ONLY THE SKTCH ITSELF -- BUT THE COLORS ARE RADIANT!!!! LOVE IT!!

melissa w said...

this is exquisite. you strike a wonderful balance of loose/tight with this (any many of your other) drawings. Nice light color - not at all muddy!