Garden Jewelry – Colored Pencil on Vellum drafting paper 8″x8″ Papermate pen outline.
Vellum is a great material to work on – it is strong, erasable, translucent, and comes in large sizes. The translucent properties allow color to be added to the back side for a subtle shading. This in turn allows the backside color to be smudged into a great blend; with care, it can be darkened or lightened without damage to the front side illustration, and with a good scanner it will show up.
Gardens are a form of jewelry themselves, near a home or special place; a garden brings the eye and emotions into a focus, and in time becomes the focus. Plants have a way of adorning themselves; with shape and color, seeds and pods and leaf shapes. So much of our culture and its jewelry has copied nature for its better designs to adorn itself, and after looking at it there was an obvious connection to what makes us all like the shape of nature for our own garments, wall paper, and pretty much everything else we make. This rendering was a response to those moments of thought without getting too complicated.
There is a great book and also a video on how plants over time have made themselves attractive to humans. It is called Botany of Desire. Check this out. It is a full length show by the author (Michael Pollan) of his book of same name. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World is a 2001 nonfiction book by journalist Michael Pollan