I got obsessed with a cluster of maple seeds and drew them in colored pencil over the past few days. I’ve since learned that a group of such seeds is called a “panicle.” My panicle was not of the double winged helicopters, but single ones attached by a delicate stem to the limb. The whole thing fell out of the tree and I found it on a walk and brought it home. I determined to do it in all colored pencil for the detail, but then got dismayed trying to do a dark background. After 3 layers it still looked anemic, so I inked the background with a Pigma Micron Brush marker. You can still see some of the colored pencil lines and tints of red through the ink, and there are a few little blotchy places where the ink pooled, but over all I’m pleased with my panicle. Never knew there were so many colors in a maple seed pod till I looked very closely — purples and reds and yellows and ochers, oh my….
|Maple Whirligigs, colored pencil and ink pen|