Exactly one week ago I was showing Ann Kullberg* around Kings Park. This beautiful park is Perth’s botanic garden. As we walked around, I told her that I had done a drawing of the spring wild flower display in 2012. In fact, I said, an image of the drawing was on my business card. I fished one of my business cards out of my wallet to show her. She looked at it and said, “But that’s a photo”. I assured her that it wasn’t. I told her I would show her the drawing on a blog post. So here it is. “Ann – this is not a photo but quite a large drawing.”
In 2012 I thought that I might have found a new subject in flowers. However it drove me crazy drawing this due to the complicated details. So I haven’t followed it up with any more botanical drawings. I love plants but I don’t have the calling to make art of them. I’m happy merely to be an observer of their elegance without wanting to reproduce them with pencils.
After our morning in Kings Park, we drove to Point Walter; another gorgeous area in my neighbourhood. Later that evening I drove Ann to the airport. It is incredible to think that all this was only a week ago. Now I’m still here while Ann is teaching coloured pencils on a cruise around Alaska.
*Ann Kullberg is an American artist, teacher, and writer of magazines and books on coloured pencils. She held two colour pencil weekend workshops in Perth, Western Australia. It was my privilege to host her.
Belinda Lindhardt, artist, teacher and founder of Australian and New Zealand Coloured Pencil Group came over from New South Wales for the second workshop. This was a time to learn from one another and exchange ideas.