Thursday, June 26, 2008

autumn ivy

I apologise for the boringness of these posts but I'm on a roll. I'm learning so much from each drawing and this one has been a particular revelation as I decided to use coloured pencils this time. The results are both more subtle and more decorative. I introduced them in large part because of Jean-Luc's suggestion after I whined to him about the limited, Disneyesque palette provided by gel pens, which are designed more for the scrapbooking crowd. (Yes, 'scrapbooking crowd', that was an invitation to abuse me ... please.)

The de rigeur stats department:

IVY (Gort) September 30 - October 27
Being evergreen, the ivy represents the perennial, mystical and mysterious aspects of the human psyche, hence the veiled moon and the butterfly (symbol of the faerie faith).


Blogger Ellen said...

This series is turning out great. I'm inviting myself over soon so I can see them in person before they go to Invemere. This one so far is my favourite, I absolutely love that rich red and gold.

26/6/08 5:59 p.m.  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

How can something with your art in it be considered boring?

Love the richness of this one.

26/6/08 6:08 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Not boring at all. I am quite enjoying these (but then again, I am rather biased towards the subject matter). I think the inclusion of the colored pencil was a great idea. Very cool

26/6/08 11:23 p.m.  
Blogger Ilva said...

Stunning Andrea, I love the colour scheme, the composition and, again, the subtlety of the colours! Do go on using coloured pencils!

27/6/08 12:25 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...That's really beautiful and Simple in design...Love it!

27/6/08 5:05 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...That's really beautiful and Simple in design...Love it!

27/6/08 5:05 a.m.  
Blogger Melody said...

Andrea, I am just loving this series. The sybolism of each piece is so interesting and so very beautiful.

27/6/08 5:44 a.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Pretty good "scrap-booking" if y'ask me!
You know I am loving this series.

27/6/08 5:54 a.m.  
Blogger Heather said...

I think this is my favourite of the series.

27/6/08 7:10 a.m.  
Blogger Michelle said...

I LOVE the red!

27/6/08 7:12 a.m.  
Blogger Leah said...

not boring at all! i've really enjoyed this series.

and i totally hear you on the gel pen thing.

27/6/08 7:51 a.m.  
Blogger Barbara said...

You're on a roll alright - you're inspiring me to get off my lazy arse and back to the studio - Thanks!

27/6/08 10:51 a.m.  
Blogger Cynthia said...

The red adds such a wonderful richness to this drawing!

As to boring, my next blog post is about TP :D

27/6/08 12:54 p.m.  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

I will at my "not boring" to the rest.

Have you thought about using technical pens with some metallic inks? Might give you more color options.

BTW, did you realize that scrapbookers usually work on square pages? :-)

27/6/08 4:09 p.m.  
Blogger San said...

Subtly intricate. Or would that be intricately subtle? Ivy, it's a rich image--all that interconnectedness, that everlasting green, that earthiness.

27/6/08 9:12 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Ellen: Come on over! I feel as if I made a sort of breakthrough with this one. It's been an interesting process for me.

Angela: :)

Tara: Thanks -- I am definitely planning to run with this one.

Ilva: OK, you've convinced me!

Mary: Thank you!

Melody: The symbolic elements make it into a sort of puzzle, which is lots of fun for me.

Dinah: Just a scrapbooker in disguise, that's me...

Heather: Me, too.

Michelle: The red was the last thing I did and I fretted over what colour to use for ages until I tried the red and BINGO.

Leah: I am so over gel pens (except silver and gold).

Barbara: Then my work here is done! :) Looking forward to seeing what happens in your studio soon then.

Cynthia: TP! I'm on my way now...

Jan: It's hard to see from the photos but I do use technical pens with metallic ink. They are a total pleasure. (And are you implying that I have round holes? :)

San: The results were a total surprise to me. Thanks.

28/6/08 8:08 a.m.  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Round holes? Pages, not pegs. :-) Or at least I think you might have been what you read.

29/6/08 7:40 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Jan: Ha! It is what I read! Maybe I read it that way subconsciously, don't know, but now I get it. Those creative scrapbookers!

29/6/08 7:50 a.m.  
Blogger Hayden said...

I'm loving the series and not the least bored! I got an ivy tattoo, back a century or so ago when it was still a scandalous thing for a woman to have. Always wanted to have a butterfly added, but waited too long.

29/6/08 9:19 a.m.  
Blogger Paula said...

I love those gel pens. Use them all the time.

1/7/08 2:45 p.m.  

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