A Poppy in a Pinch

blue-poppy-drawing

Blue Poppy
© 2014 Mellanie Collins
2.5″ x 3.5″
watercolor pencil and markers

In June my friend Anita invited me to participate in a swap/exhibit put on by Art with a Heart in Altrincham, England.  The theme was “In Bloom” so I had to do something with a floral theme.

So I figured, hey, why not?  Sure I hadn’t drawn or painted any flowers in a couple of years, but since it was early in June I had all month to practice and it would all be cool.  But it wasn’t.

I forgot all about the swap!  I got a message reminding me that the cards needed to be in the UK by the end of June.  This was one week away.  I figured I would need at least five days for the card to get to the UK, so I needed to make something fast.

I rummaged around and sketched and gritted my teeth.  Nothing happened.  So I just threw up my hands and said,  “I give up!”  and just let go.  I decided I’d loosen up by drawing the impression of a flower and recklessly drew squiggles and then looked for some shadows to play with.  Before I new it I had this card.

By just messing around I ended up with something so much nicer than anything I worked hard over.  Relaxing and seeing what happens works for me.  Why do I not remember that?  Ever?

My card made it to the exhibit in time, the cards were displayed through July and I’ll get a lovely card back in the mail sometime soon.   All that fuss for nothing.

**Have you seen my Facebook page? I’m posting more process photos over there. Check it out. **
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2 responses to “A Poppy in a Pinch

  1. Beautiful! We do throw up the worst roadblocks for no good reason. I’ve been trying to do a watercolor a day, where I just paint without pre-planning or thinking about what I’m doing. I’m hoping that will train me to paint loose when I do sit down to do something planned.

    I’ll let you know if that works!

    • Mellanie C

      Wow. I’m impressed. I can’t do anything without some sort of plan. I’ve been following your progress on your blog. Great paper reviews btw. It’s great to get a sense of how paper will react before I buy it.

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