Ann Robertson – Artist and Illustrator

52Frames Wabi-sabi Week 47

Nov 27, 2022 | 52Frames, colour, Drawing, Flowers, Lighting, Nature, Painting | 0 comments



Wabi-sabi is this week’s challenge for 52Frames. This is a Japanese concept that centres around acceptance of imperfection and impermanence. The extra challenge this week is abandoned buildings and I do have some suitable reference, but think they would not be well served by the small format I am using.

My garden is really autumnal at the moment and I have done no cutting back. I went to have a look and found this sprig of roses fading on the bush and thought they were perfect.

How to display them for drawing? I thought about a little vase, but decided I wanted them to take up most of the page so ended up lying them on a sheet of paper. Contrast was essential and so I lit them from one side with a powerful lamp.

A watercolour wash was flooded over the drawing and then I went over the wash with Arteza brush pens and pencil. Overall I like it and the way it comes off the page works well. The shadow may be a bit strong, but it does add some drama.




The last of the roses in watercolour wash and Arteza brush pens.

The last of the roses in watercolour wash and Arteza brush pens.





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