spread your wings no matter how small
As I was exploring radial desings and black & white ink drawings with a pop of color, it felt natural to work on this composition I've been trying to tackle.
How to contain a pine in a circle? I have put many other types of trees in a circle, but their shapes cooperated. Since this was a different challenge, I decided to make it different all together. Therefore the orange tree, it is not sick I promise. It is an imaginary pine shape made up of flowers. And since it was an abstract tree, the insects adopted some abstract characteristics, too.
Here is how the idea evolved
I still love the movement of the original composition. So I may try it again. But from this one I learned that:
- warm light acrylic colors are rather transparent no matter how many layers you pile on
- gouache gives a beautiful flat surface as a background
- quality of line saved the bugs from being lost in all that pattern
I don't know how anything would turn out if I don't try. Sometimes it is a win, sometimes a half win, or it gets me started on the right path.
Even when I encounter a no, then I know for sure because I have tested it. But oh my goodness is hard to get started. So, here is one more attempt, and I hope you too spread your wings no matter how small!