Originally I started with a ballpoint pen sketch of a philodendron in my living room.
When I did this collage I was thinking mostly about forest, moss and purple heather. But some philodendron-type leaf shapes worked their way into the final. The moss and heather disappeared but the half-seen woman from the magazine collage and the original philodendron showed up in this black and white pencil drawing done for lithography printing class.
I started focussing on the way the hands mimicked the notches in the philodendron. This pencil sketch of the philodendron shows the hands. The snake slithered into the image after a real snake(!) decided that I was nice and warm, perfect for coiling up and having a nap on. The eye is mine, when I opened one eye and realized that what I had thought was a pesty bee was actually a three foot snake, and my nap (and the snake’s) came to an abrupt end. (Two sketches of snake and philodendron with hands and eye.)
Sketch Book Jottings.Another magazine collage, this one using the notches as ribs.
I never got around to doing this image in my lithography class but it did make it into my etching class in this black and white etching of a snake in a philodendron.
Three paintings, all acrylic on paper.
Some photos of split-leaf philodendrons (sorry snake-lovers, no snakes involved!) Some notes to myself re:filters left in cause I don’t know where else to put them: ‘Halfway’, ‘Faded Painting’ and ‘Light Canvas’ formulas for philodendron full leaf. For the trees at Lord Byron’s I used ‘Wet Moss’ and also ‘Light Canvas’ that turned way too dark mini4.
More of my paintings at https://elizabatz.wordpress.com/gallery-of-paintings/