"Purple Iris" by me!

Pur­ple Iris” by me!

I just fin­ished my first draw­ing of an iris. Most of the time that I was draw­ing I felt some­what frus­trated, because every time I got fresh flow­ers, they would open so quickly, I didn’t have time to get the line draw­ing fin­ished before the flower’s posi­tion changed. I started over sev­eral times. Even­tu­ally, I was forced to take pho­tographs and work from those, although I know that is not ideal. I have plans to do a seed pod or another nat­ural sub­ject that won’t change on me for the next drawing!

In try­ing to only draw from life, I went in for flow­ers twice. When I didn’t want the iris wrapped or any ferns with them, the florist asked what the flow­ers were for. I told him how I was prac­tic­ing my draw­ing skills. He just gave me the flow­ers for free both times! I tried to pay and he wouldn’t let me. He asked to see my final draw­ing, so once I fin­ished it, I took it in to show him. He liked it.