Grevilleas, Grevilleas, Grevilleas

I have become the obsessive artist of late, nothing of the occasional about it.  I have not posted the latest work as I am still tweaking it and my sister is working over time to get the images ready for posting.  I will have to bite the bullet and get Photoshop so I can do the scan prep myself.

I am working on three Grevillea paintings at the moment and although they are not finished I am going to give you a sneak preview.  I love seeing artworks  in the making, I hope you do too.

These are in the same style as the Sturt Desert Peas, I am doing a collection of paintings on Australian Native Flowers.  I want to show their vibrancy of colour and the amazing shapes.  I have stylised the flowers to highlight their shapes.  I am not interested in botanical correct paintings as that is not my style and there are plenty of others who do this with such amazing skill.  I am trying to show their shape, colour and flow.  I adore gracefully curved lines and have tried in these works to make every line beautiful.

Grevillea 1

Grevillea 1 Progress Underpainting complete

Grevillea 1 Progress 2

This one is almost finished though I am not convinced that the white background is doing it justice.  I have gone back once and filled in some more of the flower to give it balance and will have the finished scan ready soon,  These are a couple that were scanned along the way.

This is a larger drawing 50cm x 50cm and you only have a segment of it here.  The first one shows the underpainting that I do.  I find that underpainting gives my pencil work added vibrancy, I have used acrylic, but I am keen to try other mediums as I experiment.  This painting is on on 300gm Canson CP paper.  I liked the texture on the paper and the coloured pencils had plenty to grip onto.  The roughness of the paper was a bit of a challenging when inking in the outlines but I managed to keep them fairly smooth.

Grevillea 2

Grevillea 2 Progress Waiting for the background

Grevillea 2 In progress segment

This is my largest so far and is a full A1 sheet.  I have finished the flower pretty much and am taking a deep breath before I go to the background.  I plan to show a couple of leaves in the background in a darker green, in a more muted style.  Just to give the background more interest than a plain background and more interest in the painting as well.  large area of plain colour in pencils is not exciting to do.  Love the way the flower almost writhes, love that sense of movement.  (Sorry about the quality of the photos, as these are Iphone photos not scans)

This is on Canson 300gm HP.  It is a very smooth paper and I have not worked on it before.  The pencils reacted quite differently, not sure if a like it for this type of work, but it made the inking in easier.   The wax of the pencils built-up very quickly and I couldn’t get as many layers  down, but the effect looked more like oil pastels which I enjoyed.  Will have to experiment some more.

Grevillea 3

This one is in its early days, I have done the pencil drawing and have only just started to ink in the outline.  It will be a black and white ink drawing, with just the mouths of each flower in deep pink.  It was just going to be black and white, but the vibrancy of the flower could not be ignored and I hope just flashes of colour will work.  Love this image so I might do a couple of variations on it.  I have also scaled back and this painting is only 30cm x 30cm.

This painting is on Canson 300gm HP, the smoothness of the paper would work will with this ink drawing.

As soon as they are completed I will post the finished work for you.