Monday, March 26, 2007
The Mermaid Vine has been one of my favourite plants since I first saw it in a neighbour's house in Norway way back in 1989. We had one in England, got rid of it to go to Dubai, bought one in Scotland, got rid of it to go to Kuwait and now I have one again! It just feels right to have one in the house.
Yesterday was one of those relaxed Sundays with the sun shining and nothing urgent to do so I don't know why I didn't start drawing until late afternoon. Time just flew by and I got such a buzz out of drawing this that I couldn't sleep last night. I could have just carried on and on but life, as they say, got in the way!
I thought I might have drawn this vine before and went looking in my old sketchbooks but I realised it was actually a bougainvillea. I drew it while sitting in the garden in Dubai so it must have been done around 1997 or thereabouts. Strange for me as I hardly ever sketched, and outdoors too.
I thought I would post it though to see the difference in my drawing style. I'm so glad I made the effort to do this drawing, and a couple of others at the same time, as they bring back memories of lazy days sitting in the sun! Warmer weather is due this week so it seems appropriate.
Yesterday's drawing was done without any plan in mind except to allow it to grow at random although I felt it needed some shading otherwise it would be a jumble of lines. So it became a little more organised by the time I had finished it. I tried an 8B pencil to start with, just for a change, but I ended up rubbing out those heavy lines as I felt I got more variation with a 2B.