There is something interesting and beautiful to me about faded and decaying flowers and plant life. It is the textures and colors that happen in the process. It’s also why I like old rusty things and rust stained buildings and cement.
These flowers are part of a beautiful flower arrangement my friend had brought over on Thanksgiving. I love capturing the entire life cycle of owning it. When it is fresh and in full bloom I sketch it and paint it. I also be sure to take reference photos for future use. (I am working on a large watercolor at the moment that is an almost abstract macro view of one of the blooms.) As the flowers fade and die off I tend to pick some of the interesting ones and sketch them as well. This one I let fully dry and will probably sketch it again with ink and watercolor.