Pushing Myself by Sketching Hyacinths
Do you love the fragrance of Hyacinths? I absolutely love their perfume. Every spring I purchase a pot of these beauties to enjoy in the house. When the blooms are spent, I add to my collection planted in the yard. However, I have always been too intimated to try to sketch them because of all of their complex petals–that is until now! I decided this would be the spring I would conquer my fear and try sketching and painting them.
The colors I used for this sketch were: Hansa Yellow Medium, Winsor Violet, Ultramarine Blue Deep, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Green (blue shade), Quinacridone Gold, and Quinacridone Burnt Orange.
I used a small rigger to paint very thin lines on the petals with the Winsor Violet. Then I added a small amount of Ultramarine Blue Deep to my puddle of Winsor Violet. Next, I wet part of the petal and dropped in this mix so as to create a medium value with soft edges on parts of the petals.I mixed a light green puddle using the Quinacridone Gold and Winsor Green. In addition, I mixed a darker green puddle with the same two colors but added a little more of the Winsor Green and a little of the Quinacridone Burnt Orange to make a more natural green. Next, I painted in the light green over a leaf and while it was still wet, painted in a thin line of the darker green for the shadow side. This created a soft transition for the shadows.
Using the green mix, I painted the title “Hyacinths.” Also, Using the violet mix, I painted in a partial border just to add a little weight to the bottom of the page for better composition and also as a way to repeat the purple again in the page for harmony.
At this point I thought I was finished but something was bugging me about it. After looking at it for a day or two, I knew what it needed: deeper values in the petals. So using a mix of the Ultramarine Blue and Winsor Violet, I deepened some of the petals. I also thought the green needed something to give it a little pizzaz, so I glazed a very light wash of Hansa Yellow Medium over parts of the green stems, leaves, and the lettering.
Now I like it much better. I am so glad I jumped in to sketch and paint these fragrant beauties! It helps us boost confidence and grow as an artist when we push ourselves a little further than our comfort zone. How about you? Have you sketched something beyond your comfort zone?
As always, the compositions in these exercises are copyrighted. Thanks!