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Graphite and paints

Just completed a graphite exercise from my botanical art course. We were asked to draw a simple leaf or flower and use the stippling technique for the shading. I had to attack my african violet plant with a knife to use one of its leaves for the exercise as we are supposed to use live specimens and there are absolutely no fresh (or otherwise) flowers here at this time of year, so it had to be a house plant.

I’ve never used stippling to this extent before and though quite time consumming it was strangely therapeutic. I like the effect and will be exploring this in the future.

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My new handmade (by Jess Greenleaf) paints have come, all the way from America – this is for my limited landscape palette. I have a different palette for botanics and other loose style painting, mostly using Winsor and Newton watercolours.

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