When I have just a few minutes spare, or when I need a rest from standing at my easel, I’m tempted to pick up a ballpoint pen and doodle. So now I’ve started Wildflower Shoe Series 2 – Ballpoint pens on mixed media paper. Meet a different Blue Stars Shoe!
Blue Stars Shoe – Wildflower Shoe Series 2 – by Helen Lock
Day 11: I started an acrylic painting of Blue Stars in the style of Picasso. Each version of my Blue Stars is teaching me a lot about famous artists, techniques and challenges.
The line drawing for my latest piece came into being easily – not so the painting. I’m finding I’m having to experiment a lot with colours and shapes to get an acceptable abstracted, somewhat cubist outcome!
This will be my fifth year of joining in Inktober! This year my self imposed constraints are:
Green ink in addition to black
An association with the environment
Relating to my day.
On day 1 I worked on a painting of beautiful Blue Stars (Chamaescilla corymbosa) which are native to Western Australia. I’m working to simulate the style of Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Munroe artwork. So I decided to do likewise in ink for Inktober.
#Inktober 2019 Day 1 – Blue Stars Aka Andy Warhol
Inktober is a great incentive to play and try new things. It also helps one to get used to publishing the less than perfect!
I didn’t manage to obtain an even flat green so edited the scan to get a more Warhol effect. Is digital ink cheating?…
I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of stars makes me dream
– Vincent Van Gogh
I was lucky to find Blue Stars (Chamaescilla Corymbosa) appear in our bush garden this Spring and this pen and watercolour painting followed:
Blue Stars Of Balligar
I love the way the seed pods look heart-shaped from certain angles.
Blue Stars are also called Blue Squill or Mudrurt. It is a tuberous perennial that grows to 10 – 15 cms high with grass-like leaves.
My research to identify this plant educated me about Blue Stars of the astronomical kind and I couldn’t help but draw parallels between them and the intense, short life of Vincent Van Gogh and his dramatic death!