Sunday, September 30, 2007

Cerinthe


Cerinthe grew this summer in the greenhouse. It was a newcomer to me and I hadn't seen the plant previously but the flowers were enchanting, such lovely shades of blues and purples. I took some photos of it and today thought I'd tackle my arch enemy - drawing flowers. I have to say that I rather enjoyed it so far.

Its coloured pencil, 9 x 12 Canson paper. I've kept it soft and somewhat grainy so far. Just getting the richness of the purple-blues is the challenge.

The flower is cerinthe major pupurescens - Kiwi Blue for those who may want to try their hand at growing it. Its an annual and easy to grow. Its also known as the Blue Shrimp Plant.

3 comments:

vivien said...

what a lovely sensitive drawing :) and a beautiful flower.

Jeanette said...

Thank you Vivien. My fear of failure in drawing flowers always defeats me but I am determined to conquer it.

I'm hoping this drawing will help me on my way. So far so good...

Billie Crain said...

i've seen this flower in seed catalogs and often wanted to give it a try. the blues in celinthe are rare in nature. wonderful job on one of your first florals!