The past Monday my friend Jocelyn and I harvested wild bee balm, to use to make tea. We were catching just the end of the peak season: already many of the petals were turning brown. Wednesday I went looking for bee balm to draw, but I was too late. Although their light purple blush still colors the hillside, the individual flowers have begun to deteriorate beyond my interest in drawing them. Fortunately, the garden variety is still hardy near my doorstep, so for the second time this season I focused on this bright red floozy of a flower.
Here is this morning’s drawing. The drawings in this and the last post remind me of why I first became interested in books: drawing has always been important to me, and I discovered that making books was a way, for me, to organizing my images in a way that I found to be appealing.
After a full, season of creating books with students in classrooms, I am happy spend my mornings wandering around my husband’s gardens, harvesting, then drawing the what I pick. This parsley was picked and drawn this morning (colored pencil and drawing pencil) . It took me two mornings of trying to get the hang of the leaf shape.
I started off these daily drawings by drawing on envelopes. The first one I did, of garlic scapes, I sent off to my cousin John. I didn’t keep a copy of it, and immediately regretted it. Well, not really, but I started keeping the originals, and making copies. All on envelopes.
After awhile I began to see a problem with drawing on envelopes…after I made a few prints, it was hard to tell the originals from the copies.
Another problem with drawing on envelopes was that I would find it hard to position the drawing well on the page. I like the idea of printing on envelopes and sending these drawings off in the mail, so I decided to mostly work on drawing paper, then transfer the image to envelopes later.