For those of you who know me, you know I’m quite a messy person. But now, I don’t know what got into me, but I’m beginning to be neat. My pencils are still in a jumble, but that’s okay. I’m determined not to become nit-picky about it.
As I looked at this, after a break, my mother’s voice came to me. “The composition is terrible! It’s too even. The butterflies and flowers should overlap! What do you think you’re doing?”
My mother passed away nearly 20 years ago, so I think it’s probably time I stopped listening to her. This has a firework type of composition. I think it will work fine. Sometimes, you just have to break the rules.
Since most of the butterflies that are attracted to this plant are Monarchs, there is a lot of orange (of course, not Prismacolor orange) in the composition. Therefore, the foliage is going to be a bit on the bluish green side, to compliment that. So, here’s the start.
Another project of mine (and other artists, feel free to use the idea) for self-promotion….small magnets that I can give out on the street as free souveniers of New York City. The trick? My website address is on them. My plan is to stand across the street from the Plaza Hotel, and hand them out to tourists. Wearing my tie-dye sunhat. The weather has been upwards of 90 degrees Farenheigt, though, and very humid, so this project will have to wait.
I’ve started the sketch of “Scraggly Weed”. This is the 5×7 version, and the wall, of course is all off. It will be corrected in the final version.
What I do have to do to make the butterflies stand out, is what is called “negative drawing”. You do the front first, and work around that to fill in the background drawing. If I were a more positive person, I suppose I would say it’s a challenge. But since I’m not, I’ll tell you it’s a pain in the ass. Ah, what I go through for my art.