November 5th, 2014

Artichoke Flower

Artichokes, like all other thistles, will flower given time. In this write-up, Australian artist and educator Carol Lee Beckx describes coming across a flowering artichoke in her native South Africa and painting it years later from a reference photo: “It’s not often that one comes across artichokes when the flowers have developed. In the vegetable shops the globes are tightly wrapped, ideal for eating but not as good for painting.

This painting of artichokes reminds me of a visit to a friend’s farm some years ago. She had a vast vegetable garden with many fascinating plants. I was captivated by the artichoke plants in every stage of development. I spent some time there with my camera and was fortunate to be able to pick some to take home with me. These references have been used a number of times for drawings and paintings.

Recently, I was painting a series of flowers and came across the envelope of photographs (yes, these were pre-digital). I had done the previous paintings in watercolour on watercolour paper. This time I wanted to draw first with ink. I used my Lamy Safari (EF nib) and Noodler’s black ink in an Alpha Series sketchbook. Once the drawing was dry I added watercolour. The paper responds well to both pen and brush, allowing liberal amounts of water in the washes with no ill effect. Since I go through sketchbooks at quite a rapid rate, the Alpha Series, with its generous number of pages, is an economical choice. “

Here is the link to Carol’s blog post featuring the artichoke painting:

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain

Artichoke_ink and watercolour_carolleebeckx_com


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