Sunday, 13 February 2011

Beans




This weekend I have been working on a lovely brief relating to a Seed Swap event (which will be posted here once it's been published) I am focusing on a particular endangered climbing bean that is in Heritage Seed Library  - it has a fascinating history and story. 

Researching it  caused me to pull out some sketchbook work I did last summer - I am without fail stunned every single time by the colours of runner bean seeds and pods - that pink with that green ... wow. I realised that I happened to have a bowl in exactly the same colours so took (far too) many photos then did some watercolour and fineliner work. 

: fineliner pen runner bean studies :
: Brittany bowl with beans : fineliner pens :


: watercolour sketches :



7 comments:

  1. Loving the colours and the detailed drawings, great job !

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  2. Really pretty colours and eye-catching detail. Interesting subject! I don't like eating them but this has given me a new appreciation.

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  3. those colours do zing, lovely.

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  4. beautiful colors and the drawings look so abstract, great!! it must be a very relaxing thing to draw beans :)

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  5. Thank you for the lovely comments - I think the beans deserve the credit as they are the real stars! It's strange but work based on, or rooted in, 'nature' generally works out well. Why do the beans need to be that pink I wonder?

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  6. Good to meet you - love your beans sketches, I think colour usually determines attractiveness (bees, insects, pollinaters etc) - works for me! If you're walking here again, give me a wave, or pop in for coffee! Look forward to keeping up to date with your illustrations.

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  7. These are gorgeous Gilly. Your work has so much texture x

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