Purple Crocus in Sunlight, 2011
Colored pencil on paper
6.5 x 5 inches
© 2011 Susan M. Lohse. All rights reserved.
Previous to this drawing, I’d never employed monochromatic underpainting. However, accurately capturing the values in the crocus petals was essential to the results I wanted to achieve, so I used lilac to underpaint them first. I then applied additional colors to attain the ultimate hues I wanted.
I’m pleased with the result. The drawing reminds me of the vintage botanical illustrations I admire so much.