Monday, September 02, 2013

Botanical Sketch #43 - Zea Mays

Today's Botanical Sketch is maize, otherwise known as corn. It's always hard to capture the colors of corn - simple yellow kernels and green stalks, but truly there are nuances to the image, with browns, grays and even oranges peeking through.  In this print, I used colored pencils and inks on a Gelli-printed (mono-printed) page.  After I drew the border, I realized that it needed something else, so I added the orange stripes to connect the ear of corn to the wheat.  The lines draw the viewers eye across the page and tie the two images together.

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