Paintings & Stories: 5. Pencil, pencil, pencil.....


                    
                   Rattlesnake Master, Eryngium yuccifolium, Detail, Graphite Pencil, ©Heeyoung Kim

full image can be viewed http://www.asba-art.org/other-galleries/new-works


This Rattlesnake Master was at the top of my long list of plants that I wanted to paint in my first year of botanical art study. However, I was so overwhelmed by the complexity of the flower head. I actually started drawing it long ago, and kept looking at it every year, adding or correcting bit by bit. Finally this year, I have been courageous enough to finish it, after long practice. I juxtaposed a dissected part and the flower in full bloom in perfect symmetry. 

You will be surprised to see how beautiful job a simple pencil does.  In the beginning, I just considered this as a study for my watercolor painting. As it got its shape, though, I just loved it as it is. So I decided to finish up. 

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