These three blue drawings stem from my walks in the woods. Thanks to the gyms being closed, I have been treated myself to weekly hikes. What struck me initially, after my first or second hike, is the LUSH forest floor greenery: Ferns, clover, moss. Instead being harsh or spiny, they are soft, feminine, and delicate. This tenderness is absolutely appeals to me.
Looking at beautiful things -- hikes are included in this idea -- is very important. Gorgeous leaf and floral shapes somehow emblazon themselves in my mind and manifest themselves in drawing form. I am an absolute believer in what you look at affects you, which is why I surround myself with aesthetically pleasing objects in my environment. Marie Condo really IS onto something...
Natural GRAPHITE is a crystalline form of carbon, has a hexagonal structure, and is used in pencils, lubricants and electronic products. We have German mineralogist, Abraham Gottlob Werner, to thank for the name, given in 1789. The word comes from graphein, meaning to write or draw in Ancient Greek.
Modern pencils use a mix of powdered graphite and clay. This combination was invented in 1795. Plumbago is another term for natural graphite used for drawing, and is usually a piece of the mineral without a wood exterior.
Many drawing pencils have a designation "B" (blackness) or "H" (hardness). So if you pencils says "6B", it will leave more graphite on the paper, and look darker. The higher number next to "H", say "7H", the line will look lighter, since there is less graphite in the mixture.
Image sources: 1. wikipedia 2. Umberto from Unsplash 3. Vitruvian art studio
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Cynthia Mosser (cynthiamosser.com) is an artist (painter) whose work is influenced by color, folk art, design, nature and whimsy. She is represented by the Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon USA, and lives in Vancouver, Washington.