Cardoon Seedheads – Colour & Form Exploration Part 2

I’m working my way towards a linocut print of Cardoon Seedheads. Early drawings blogged here and my first exploration of colour and form in this subject blogged here. I finalised the seedhead forms but wanted to explore the background a bit more. I created different backgounds using gouache paint and then arranged roughly made cut-out seedhead forms on top of each one to see which I preferred. Using cut-outs was a great way to avoid repeatedly drawing and painting the same seedheads for each background. I’m leaning towards a mixture of backgrounds 2 and 3 as seen in the images below – I just need to paint it up. Putting it on the to-do list.

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Weekly Sketch – Dream – 23/05/2016

At last I could put to use a drawing I made of a decorative mirror last year. Perfect as a magic mirror in this collage I have made called ‘Dream’.



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Weekly Sketch – Blackberries – 15/05/2016

Blackberries in watercolour pencil; I don’t normally do drawings on the pale side, but I have to say I am pleased with this one.



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Cardoon Seedheads – Colour & Form Exploration

Based on my drawings of cardoon seedheads blogged here; I have been exploring colour and form with the intention of taking this subject into a linocut print. I really enjoyed making these explorations in gouache and oil pastel. Each image has provided a texture or shape or colour combo that I like.















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Weekly Sketch – Cardoon Seedheads – 16/04/2016


Cardoon seedheads are wonderful to draw, globe shaped with tough outer spines and fluffy filaments.








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Weekly Sketch – Succulent – 20/03/2016


I should’ve posted these pencil drawings up last Sunday, better late than never. I like the patterned background in the second sketch even though it takes the focus from the patterned leaves. I’d like to turn this into a linocut print, I can think of a few ways to keep the patterned background from dominating the succulent.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Daffodils – 07/02/2016

It’s that time of year, daffodil time! I can’t resist these cheerful flowers, bright promises of spring bobbing their heads in the grey days of winter. Here are a couple of sketches interested in ‘line’ and limited to four colours. I like setting limits on how I draw as it forces you to try something new, to think creatively, and not ‘do what you usually do’. For sketch 2 I didn’t take my pen off the page when drawing the daffodil blooms, they are drawn in one continuous line.




My daffodils were bright yellow; in the above sketches I like the balance of the colours and line – adding yellow I think would have disrupted that balance. So I thought I’d play around in Photoshop and see if I could add yellow to the blooms and make it work. I did at first try adding yellow just to the blooms but it looked a bit rubbish, it flattened/contained the energy expressed by the line work. So I tried some gradient backgrounds which I think work great. I definitely want to take these images into print.




(© Catherine Cronin)