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Monday, July 02, 2007

Special Gifts



EDM challenge no. 97 was to sketch a present you have received and explain why it is special and I couldn't have chosen a better time to tackle this challenge.
Over the weekend my Mum appeared at my studio door with a handful of beautiful flowers from her garden, her very first crop of sweet peas this year mixed with a few lavender sprigs and she had picked them just for me.
Such a delicate little bunch of colour required an equally beautiful water container and I immediately reached for the tiny, blue, frosted vase my friend Joannie gifted me last year. The two look fantastic together and sit on the small table in my studio tempting me to capture them on paper...Tonight I gave into temptation and made a quick sketch using pen and inktense pencils.
Below is the dry version, before adding water.

18 comments:

Bonny said...

What a lovely summer gift! You really captured the delicate blooms very well. I particularly like the dry version because it shows the delicacy better. The finished version is lovely, too. I'd say you have a great drawing... and a really nice present.

Windsong said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I might have to try those Inktense pencils!

Shelly McC said...

Gorgeous flowers!

Dave said...

Beautifully done. Very delicate. Do you prefer using pen to the inktense outliner?

Robyn said...

These are absolutely lovely, Anita - those pencils are amazing, aren't they! I thought it was watercolour before I read your text. I am longing for some sweet peas myself. I'll have to be content with lavender.

juj said...

Soooo beautiful.

mARTa said...

so pretty! Sweet Peas are long gone here as the weather in now too hot. Yours are lovely and I could even smell them!

Serena said...

A beautiful combination, Anita! I love both versions.....the water really brings out the colours.

Anita said...

Thankyou Bonny. I kindda like both versions equally too!

Anita said...

Thankyou Windsong. Give them a try, I am very happy with my purchase.

Anita said...

Thanx Shelly!

Anita said...

Thanx Dave!
Inktense outliner?...Not heard of this little gadget...Tell me more!

Anita said...

Thankyou Robyn. The inktense are remarkable, they just come alive with water and are so vivid.

Anita said...

Thankyou Judy!

Anita said...

Thankyou Marta...Any chance you send some of that sunshine this way?

Anita said...

Thankyou Serena!

phthaloblu said...

What a great surprise! They are beautiful and I'm sure you did them justice.

Anita said...

Thankyou Sherie!