March 23, 2009


Only that day dawns to which we are awake.  There is more day to dawn.  The sun is but a morning star.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Maybe it’s not a star.  Maybe it’s a flower.  It all depends on your point of view and how much you squint your eyes. 

Eye squinting is a very helpful practice in drawing and design.  It eliminates many of the distracting details, revealing the essence of a form.  If something looks a bit off balance, squint your eyes and remove all doubt.

The above landscape was done in coloured pencils.  The model for the flower was an Oxeye Daisy that I tried to make more golden.  I was trying to emulate Van Gogh’s style of bold strokes and strong contour lines.  Maybe I should have gone all the way and used a Sunflower too!

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5 Responses to “Sunrise”

  1. pepsoid Says:

    Definitely Gogh-y! 🙂

    Also… odd coincidence… presently reading the book, “Into the Wild,” which frequently quotes Henry David Thoreau… which tells me I should definitely seek out his work! 😉

  2. pepsoid Says:

    Book is worth reading! It’s quite philosophical, amongst the journalistic/documentary style… like pieces of a puzzle, the whole being the life/psyche of Chris McCandless…

  3. flandrumhill Says:

    One of my sons actually loaned me his copy last year. I’ll have to make a special effort to read it 🙂

  4. pepsoid Says:

    How strange, considering how I “re-discovered” the book!

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