Category Archives: Botanical Drawings – 2015

Bouquet in Deep Maroon 

Bouquet in Deep Maroon, 2015 – Graphite, charcoal & soft pastel on 12″ x 14.5″ sanded cotton rag 

 As the botanical drawings grow darker, I find myself thinking more about where I left off with this train of thought years ago (the ‘Broken Flowers’ series). Flowers are complicated subject matter for me. This has always been the case, but never more so than now.

I’m wrestling with fear and the dark side of femininity. Flowers are a big part of that.

Into the unknown 

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Still Life in Shadow 

Still Life in Shadow, 2015 – Graphite pencil & soft pastel on 14″ x 11.5″ paper 

Things in the studio are shifting. I’ve moved my drawing into the dog trot to make more room for work on panel. The newer pieces are all greasy graphite and oil stick; abstracted botanicals and scribbled motion. I haven’t applied much color.

Meanwhile the botanical drawings grow darker with each passing day. I’m letting this go wild. We’ll see what comes of it.

Not much color here. My focus is elsewhere at the moment.

In progress

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August Rhythm

August Rhythm, 2015, Graphite, Charcoal & Chalk Pastel on 14″ x 10.5″ Paper

Late summer. The screech of twitchy bluejays has replaced morning’s trill of songbirds. Crickets drone in the meadow as wildflowers sway with weedy grasses. Cicadas keep time in the trees. August rhythms.

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Late day light in the studio. Summer. 

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Flowers in an Unkempt Garden 

IMG_2263.JPG Flowers in an Unkempt Garden, 2015 – 30″ x 48″, Graphite, Charcoal and Pastel on Paper

My garden has become a wild place. Amazing how quickly it happened. There’s beauty to this form of benign neglect, of course; vines crawling over unpruned shrubs and wayward branches brushing windowpanes. Still, it’s a bit hard for me to let it go. Time is finite and I have so much to do before the year draws to a close.

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