In 2011, after a long period of health problems, I tried to get back into painting again by starting a one-a-day creative project.
April 30th, 2011
The first of my one-a-day projects: a slightly shaky tulip sketch plus an attempt at capturing spurge.
Today I did a sketch of a tulip, and since that only took 15 minutes, I started another sketch, this time of a spurge. But the spurge was way too complex and I quickly gave up.
It’s like I have to start all over again, I’ve forgotten even the basics. It would have helped if I had worn my glasses so I could actually see what I was sketching. The garden stone I was sitting on was bloody cold, and the only other sitting option was the grass and that was not only cold but wet as well! Next time I will remember to bring out my little traveling stool.
Afterwards I took some reference photos. My camera has an even worse focussing problem than me so I used a burgundy matte board as a background to fool it into focussing where it was supposed to. These turned out quite well, but perhaps a charcoal background would have been more dramatic.
I also photographed the tricky-to-draw ‘spurge’ against the same background. Looking at it now, I think it would have been better if I had tried to paint it with little dabs of poster paint.
Three years later, 2014: the black parrot tulips are still popping up with the lemon-lime spurge in the background.
Five years later, 2016: Time to try again?
My original One-a-Day Creative Project – Week One