I am learning so much about about nature’s forms while working on a series of three pieces for some of my favorite collectors. Their gardens are designed by Chicago Botanic Gardens’ landscape architect, suffice it to say inspiration awaits at every turn! Each piece is created on a 12”x36” Black Scratchbord® custom made by Ampersand Art Supply. I paint with colored inks after drawing the lines with an X-ACTO blade.
Here is an example of how I work, in this case I am drawing Coleus leaves for another commission.
I am so excited to see how the three pieces work together. By not sketching first, I allow the spontaneous nature of my subject matter and technique to burst through.