Days 9 and 10 of the Liriope muscari picture

This time I finished off the enlarged flower spike of the Liriope muscari picture and started on one of the immature spikes in natural size. The tuft of leaves and immature flower spikes are done in this way to show the growth habit of the plant.

I chose to do the flower spike enlarged as the individual flowers were quite small, therefore to appreciate their beauty I felt it was better to do these on a larger scale. In actual fact they are only twice natural size, although when you see them against the immature spikes, they seem to be more than this.

In botanical art one needs to try and give as much information about the plant as possible, without repetition. There is always so much that defines an individual plant, that a picture can just get complicated if the information in it is repeated too frequently. This is often a mistake I have made. But in this instance, because the flower spike is enlarged the number of petals, stamens and stigmas can be seen clearly in relation to the size of the the whole spike.

The next section of the picture I found very difficult. The largest immature flower spike measures 5 cm therefore, because I was painting this natural size, the individual buds were tiny. Because there is some tooth on the Strathmore 500 Bristol vellum paper, I found this got in the way of painting tiny detail. So I used a piece of agate to try and burnish the surface of the paper in between layers of paint.

For all the flowers I used a magnifying glass to see the detail I was painting and to check that my edges were as clean as possible. As I don’t normally use a magnifying glass constantly, I got a nice kink in my neck!

Day 9
Day 9
Day 10
Day 10

 

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2 thoughts on “Days 9 and 10 of the Liriope muscari picture

  1. Very interesting insight into your techniques Gaynor and one in which beginners like myself can always learn from! Although I am new to botanical art, I have always used watercolours. However, having seen a lot of lovely coloured pencil work, I have built up a good selection of FaberCastell Polychromos and want to develop my skills using this media. Regards, Paul

    1. Thank you for commenting on the series, I’m glad you are enjoying seeing the watercolour picture developing Paul, and hearing about the techniques I use. As you might know I also use and teach coloured pencil techniques, although never with watercolour.
      If you are interested in learning more, I have written an online course where you can choose coloured pencil. In the course you will learn about botanical art, what is expected to be included in a botanical art picture, the techniques I use and several videos showing how i build up a botanical picture in coloured pencil. Thank s is the link to the page describing the course: https://gaynorsflora.com/tuition-2/online-botanical-art-course/

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