Art group had an additional morning’s tutoring this week with the brilliant Lizzie Harper. Everyone really enjoyed the session, appreciated her encouragement and came away with something.
I struggle with delicate petals ( I like sculptural plants) and white is always difficult unless the flowers are against a darker background. I decided to test my self and tackle some white nicotiana . Testing indeed! A straggle of mixed up drooping flowers and buds criss-crossing and I didn’t get round to tackling the downy hair on the stems at all.
In the end, with the tutor’s help and advice I decided to keep the flower petals just graphite with the very slightest wash of watercolour “opera pink” and a blue shadow. (This doesn’t actually show on the scan). The white flowers had the slightest pink blush to the petal edges. Even if not “botanically correct” I think you would identify this as nicotiana. It is a gorgeous plant which I have never had much luck growing. I really must try again next year. . . . .