Images of the natural world feature heavily in my work, often as images placed within drawing or painting in order to convey a symbolic meaning. I am currently exploring the genre of still-life, and am fascinated by the way that symbolic meanings can be conveyed by plants, and objects.
Examples of my use of symbolic natural images include the Heron within the painting 'Determination', and the Butterfly within the same painting. Butterflies symbolise rebirth.
I also create representational images of the natural world.
reflected onto a glimmering stare.
Feathers ruffle; mottled in rings.
Golden pupils dilate
as Wisdom takes to the air;
on silent wings'.
(c) Heather Carol 2019
LIGHT AND SHADE
Pencil and coloured pencil
on Bristol Board. 20cm x 20cm
This drawing was an opportunity to indulge in my love of portraying textures - the pairing of the Roses with the long fur was deliberate as both are soft, complimenting each other.
DACHSHUND AND DANDELIONS
Pencil on watercolour paper.
20cm x 20 cm
Even a small drawing like this one takes many, many hours of work to create as the textures and detail are built up carefully in layers to create depth.
I use photographs as a reference, but the understanding of natural forms, be it plant, animal, or human, is best learnt from observation.
Petals grow in paticular ways and an animal's fur, especially on the face, grows in a number of different directions. These details are not often clear in photographs. In the same way when portraying the movement of an animal or human it is useful for an artist to know something of the anatomy underneath the fur or skin. In modern times there are many books, anatomical models , and wooden artist's maquettes available to aid an artist. However, the incredible anatomical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci still teach artists many hundreds of years after they were first created.