Insights into Drawing on the Imagination

macro banksi

Drawing on your imagination initially may present some challenges, but with practice it becomes second nature. i.e.  you learn as you go!   From this first image of the banksia,   I developed the concept of a circular form; deciding to pair up the golden amber with soft mossy greens.

macro banksi
Macro Bansia pods opening wide

The next “springboard”  for my imagination was the photo of  a lovely shadow drawing upon the wall.  Beautiful circular forms with linear divisions going in the 3 directionals:  horizontal, vertical, diagonal.   Again,  the golden glow appealed.

Shadow drawings
Shadow drawings

The final piece came together as a gouache drawing on Twinrocker Feather Deckle paper. Aiming for a Limited palette of prussian blue, green, golden yellow in order to lessen the chaotic feel and busyness of the drawing itself.   I included a variation of  circular form sizes and some geometric aspects  into the mix, as part of  integrating my two reference springboard sources.

Also,  I extended  tendrils going outside the image to further enhance both a sense of depth and the sense of organic flow to an otherwise very geometric piece.     I placed the image onto a dark burgundy background, but may change that to a moss green for more of a natural feel.

Drawing in Gouache
Drawing in Goauche



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The act of creation, in any media is a fascinating and magical process. I simply love to create. Expressing in color, line, tone, texture - as if, they were words upon a page. Creating a uniquely me, interpretation. Enjoy More of my "one-of-a-kind" expressive art at and,

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