Agapanthus in progress.

This is a piece that, again, I have been working on for a while. I was lucky enough to be invited on a wonderful holiday with one of my friends to Tresco, and island in the Isles of Scilly. A beautiful place, and in peak summer Agapanthus are in full bloom.

I decided that these would make a challenging, but wonderful subject. I started with a pencil drawing from life, and then made of copy with tracing paper using a fine ink pen. I like having an ink drawing, as well as the origninal drawing, on tracing paper as not only can I use the drawings again, but I can also superimpose them onto my work as I paint to ‘check’ that everything is going right! The photo is a crop of the entire composition, which includes the long stem, and I potentially may add in some leaves.

Below are two photos of the work in progress. I started with the stems, as I wanted to make sure that they were perfect before I moved onto the flowers and buds.

I hope you like it! I will upload more photos as I go.

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23 thoughts on “Agapanthus in progress.

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  2. Thanks for your like on my blog – thought I’d come and have a look at yours. This is especially gorgeous (I’m in awe of anybody who has the patience and precision for botanical illustrations!), not least because I’m really familiar with the Isles of Scilly. There are various bits of my Scilly drawing on my blog too if you’re interested.

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