Black and White in the Green Season

Here are the latest entries in my art card series. I’m getting pretty addicted to these. It does seem strange to do these black and white drawings when there is this riot of spring color outside.

My neighborhood’s gardens are erupting with new flowers. When I go about my daily walking, all the colors and smells put a spring in my step. It’s been raining like crazy, but the gray clouds just make all the lovely poppies, peonies, and roses stand out even more. So the rain doesn’t really bug me except for the grass growing way too quickly.

I have some outrageous tomato-red oriental poppies in my yard and I would love to draw them. I keep looking at them with the intention of trying to capture them in colored pencil or paint, but my confidence falters and I end up doing some weeding instead. Weeding instead of drawing? What the @!*# is wrong with me?

Published by Mellanie C

sketch artist, daydreamer Figurative artist specializing in small format art and portraits.

11 thoughts on “Black and White in the Green Season

  1. I’d love to see what you do with the poppies – I’ve some just coming out in my garden, not oriental, the ‘weed’ type and I’ve been thinking about drawing them. How about I challenge you and you me? We could just show them to each other first if you like – no onus to ‘publish’.


  2. Shirley: Thanks to you. Glad you like my portraits. The control comes from using brushmarkers. I’m pleased with how my technique is improving.

    Casey: What praise! Thanks.

    Terry: How nice of you to come by again. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Lea: How nice! Thank you.

    Sarah: Great idea. Oh yes! Let’s trade poppy drawings.


  3. What?! Weeding instead of drawing?!? You’ve got to be kidding! LOL But seriously, I’m glad you got to draw these totally delish art cards! Your rock Mellanie!


  4. Hey Blaine, thanks for stopping by.

    Joan, thanks so much for your delish comment. These cards are fun. I’m waiting for more inspiration so I can do some more.


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