Day 5 of AEDM and back to cruisin' baby... so much so it was time to attack a goal. Now I'm not a huge goal sort of person and have always been the smart arse who at any sort of workshop or professional development thing who always wrote my top goal as to not have any more goals ... and then sat there day dreaming about being someone else, but I actually have sort of set a goal or two lately.... a shocking fact I know , but it was time to come clean.
So back to it...the one thing I wanted to get to through this month long challenge was to work quicker and be a tad less precious ... in most cases this is absolutely not an issue for me, but when it comes to anything Botanical I fall back to the old habits of carefully rendering and observing and I can almost feel the fun leeching out of my soul as I do it... but I am determined to attack some floral subjects without falling into that trap and this week Inspiration Avenue set their weekly challenge as Art Nouveau. I really really wanted to do some Dahlias, because they are just such insane flowers... like seriously hugely sci fi type insane blooms, and they loved them during the Art Nouveau period, but I could also see myself possibly needing a jug of margaritas to recover from what I would do to myself if I tried to complete it in time in my normal botanical style.
So I had a plan and started small with the little chrysan a thingy earlier in the week, and like with that I drew the dahlia blooms directly onto the paper in pen so I couldn't go back and spend the hours drawing and correcting that I would normally do. I then jumped in and used polychromos pencils for the blooms and my cheap little wheel watercolours for the leaves and stems and set a time limit for the colour work of just two hours... turned out pretty well in the end...not quite as loose as I would have liked, and maybe the leaves are a bit ordinary, but I did it in under the normal brain boiling hours I would spend on a drawing like this so it is getting there...
Linking up with Artists in Blogland as well and if you aren't exhausted from all the AEDM pages, you should head over to there and to IA to check out some more!!!