|1/18/23 Caran d'Ache Museum Aquarelle pencils in
I know that amaryllis plants can be saved year after year,
but even my friends with strong green thumbs say that it’s challenging and
high-maintenance, and often they don’t bloom again anyway. I decided to put mine
into the compost bin, appreciating all the joy it had given me for weeks.
Last year I made one last sketch when the blossoms were starting to fade and wrinkle, but still had their skirts in the air. After taking a more detailed and documentary approach for most of that amaryllis’ life, I used the last sketch as an opportunity to take a more gestural approach. This year I waited even longer to make the last sketch – as long as possible (if I’d waited any longer, I might have lost petals carrying the pot upstairs). I also took an opposite approach to the rest of the series, which was looser: For this one, I tried to render and scale it more accurately.
Before I became a sketcher, seeing house flowers in this stage used to make me a bit sad. Now I love them even at the very end because they continue to offer me fun – and remain elegant to the last.