I experiment quite a bit with art and thought I’d give cross-hatching a try. It is something I am familiar with, having practiced it a lot when I did a drawing course years ago, however, I never kept up with it.
I started with a simple pen drawing, keeping it neat and tidy as pen errors cannot be erased.
A slow, relaxing process, but despite the hundreds of tiny strokes, it went quicker than I thought.
I needed some color in the drawing. Usually a sketch artist would stay true to the monochrome, but I love color, and made up my mind to color at least one daisy. But what color should this daisy be? Funny how the mind works. While drawing this the temperature outside was 41 degrees! I got to thinking about how fantastic it would be to have a swim in the ocean to cool down. All that cool, wet, blue, refreshing water! BLUE! SEA-BLUE! AQUA! And so aqua it was. I dug around in my pen box and came up with an aqua pen, called aqua blue, and so the daisy got its colour. The leafy frame around the flowers I painted with watercolor.
The ocean and the daisy both refresh; the one the body and the other the soul. – Caroline Street