Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge: Sketch #4

Here’s my fourth sketch for The Sketchbook Challenge. I did it while looking at a photo I took of my Nikko Blue hydrangea this fall (you can see the photo below). It had turned a wonderful dusky purple color.

I am considering this as a subject for a future art quilt. I just love the luscious color and texture in it. I sketched using a Sharpie pen, used my Caran D'ache Water Soluble Crayons to color the drawing, and then turned the color to water color with a wet brush. I’m not very happy with this sketch, and I’m not sure why.  

I think I need to add some darker values, especially in the background. This is something I struggle with again and again. It is scary to add the really dark values. But this sketch is at least a start, a step toward the art quilt. I am trying to decide if I should do it in paint, as I did with my orchid series, or with fused fabric.