Thank you, Susan Rushton

Several weeks ago, I was itching to try some new art tools. I’d treated myself to a starter set of Inktense pencils and dozens of new Tombow markers. But I was stumped for subject matter.

Fortunately, I follow Susan Rushton’s blog. Her early February post and photos of seemingly ‘demure’ hellebores revealed stunningly complex and fascinating flower interiors normally hidden from view.  Wow!

The hellebore’s downward-facing flowers had seemed, until then, uninteresting in the early spring garden.  But Susan’s images and comments changed my mind and inspired me to visit my local nursery, where I found several varieties, capturing some reference photos for my test sketches.

Just yesterday, Susan posted again about hellebores, so the time seems right to thank her for her for giving me a new appreciation for these garden charmers.

Here’s how I’m seeing them in a few sketches using Inktense dye pencils, overlaid in some cases with watercolor, and with Tombow pens, which blend beautifully.

helibores inktense sketch March 2017

two helibores March 2017

helibore side show B March 2017

lighter side show helibores

helibore upclose March 2017

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2 thoughts on “Thank you, Susan Rushton

  1. Thanks Peggy for your kind words. I love your hellebore drawings, and the way you’ve captured their habits, details, patterns and colours. I feel I should warn you – these are very addictive plants! You might end up with a gallery-full!

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