I am experimenting with?botanical work. I don't claim the title "botanical artist" because I respectfully reserve that for artists who have gone through rigorous botanical training. However, I love?painting and drawing plants.
I am also fascinated by the ancient technique of silverpoint. Recently I have been I experimenting in order?to discover how to?use?this sensitive, delicate medium.
I bought them at?the South Anchorage (Alaska) ?Farmers' Market. Cruciferous vegetables such as these grow plentifully in Alaska. Alas, I could not find ?examples with their leaves still attached.?I have drawn with silver wire on a sulfite paper called "Plike", which yields a darker line than traditionally prepared silverpoint ground.
It's called fireweed because it is the first plant to pop up?after a forest fire. In summer, Fireweed is green, straight, and topped with magenta flowers. It looks glorious, covering acres of once charred ground.
As this watercolor shows, fireweed in September is something else entirely. I love its Rococo qualities, with all its?gracefully curving, wildly variegated leaves, and its topknot of seed pods, ready to send out silky white floaters.
September Fireweed,?watercolor on paper, 16"w x 20"h
Here is another work in silverpoint, and another photo for my series?How It Looks in a Frame:.Blackcap Chickadee Nest, silverpoint on prepared paper. I love the ghostly grey of silverpoint. Its ?subtle shine seemed perfect for rendering the delicate strands of this little nest.