|5" x 5" Pen & Ink over Gouache on Parchment|
The Lake County Haven
Poppies are one of my favorite flowers. The elegant stems, the delicate vermillion petals and the captivating center continue to spark my imagination.
"That we find a poppy beautiful
means that we are less alone,
that we are more deeply inserted
into existence than the
course of a single life
would lead us to believe."
- John Berger, English Painter, 1926
|This painting is sold framed in a 7.75" square|
Renaissance Black frame.
First, I created a drawing that was inspired by early botanical illustration as opposed to real life. I then transferred the drawing to a sheet of tea-stained parchment printed with a digital image of old french handwriting. I used a thin layer of gesso to partially block out the background before I applied the gouache. Finally, I used a very fine tipped pen to apply ink in the same manner as if I were doing an etching.
It was very gratifying to draw on my experience as a graphic designer, as well as my skills as a printmaker and painter for this little piece. Look for more pieces created this way in the near future.