Digital image. It’s February, but Spring is coming early this year to California! This sweet little poppy was along a walkway at the marina I live. I’ve seen many poppies along busy roadways, but never one so close. So, I took its picture. Such pretty flowers — and the State Flower of California.
Digital photo. I found this lovely bloom in the marina where I live. I haven’t lived in hot climates much, so I haven’t been familiar with cactus. I found this specimen to be captivating, in color and unique in shape. I want to draw this; lively colors and all its blooming glory.
Digital photograph. As I was walking to check the mail, this beautiful pinecone was alongside the walkway. I rushed into the house and grabbed my camera. It’s possibly the most beautiful, most perfectly-shaped pinecone I’ve ever seen. I have been noticing the contours of shapes more lately — the negative space of leaves in trees, the horizon line, and swoops of bridges, and rocks, and large oak clusters that break up the skyline in the countryside of California. I have become charmed and enlivened by the drastic change of shapes I’m familiar with, outside the windows of my home, as Fall has arrived. Leaves falling from the trees have gently, yet drastically, have altered the entire line structure of the landscape.
This is a digital picture taken on my Canon Rebel T2i, at 35mm focal length. I liked the wraparound form of the tree and how it led the eye from the upper left, down into a clockwise spiral, ending toward the center and ascending back to the top. As I began learning more about drawing, my perceptions and awareness sharpened. Trees became not just pretty trees, but geometrically alive, with positive and negative space, shading and gradients, texture, and unique placements. As I further studied art and photography, I learned composition is more than half of what makes a successful image, whether it be a photograph, drawing, painting, or any other work of art.