The Gossips (23 X 16 inches)
Pencil Crayon of Paper
The gossips is a pencil crayon rendering of nasturtiums, one of my favourite edible flowers. This work has benefited from the complementary underpainting technique that allows the shadows in the yellow petals to be vibrant and lifelike. Flowers are interesting objects as they are translucent and the shadowing difficult if a lifelike look is sought. Also, yellow is an odd colour to get variation in palette. Underpainting with complementary colours works extremely well with yellow florals. I had tried this technique before, but it was never so successful as in this work.