Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Postcard Inspiration

About a month ago, I received this beautiful postcard from a young girl in Belarus.  I had never even heard of her country!  I'm not really sure, but I think they are day lilies?
The vibrant color inspired me to play with my Derwent Inktense pencils.  I had taken a personal day at work and spent half the day sleeping.  The other half I spent drawing one of these beautiful flowers.

I did a practice one and then I drew the "real" one.

Here's the practice drawing:
I experimented with different ways of laying down the color.  Some of these petals I started with coloring the whole petal yellow and then going back over it with the orange.  The others I put the orange down on the page without yellow underneath.  The more vibrant petals are the ones that I started with the whole petal yellow.  I liked that way the best!

Here's my finished piece:

I love the inktense pencils!  They are so easy to work with and give such amazing color.  I am pleased with the end results.

How cool is it that someone from a country that I didn't even know existed gave me such beautiful inspiration?  I love postcrossing!  Thank you Eugenia, in Belarus!


  1. Beautiful job on your Day Lilies. They are beautiful flowers and so easy to grow!

    Following your blog, come by and visit mine sometime!


  2. It's beautiful. Thank you for sharing the way you experiment with your colors to come up with what you finally like.

  3. So pretty, lovely sunny golden color! <3

  4. The flower certainly evokes sunshine with that gorgeous bold yellow - I love my inktense too!

  5. Lilies are everything Spring...beautiful work♥♥♥

  6. This is very sun inspiring. Lovely and bright, these yellow flowers really say sunshine.