Yesterday I tried out my watercolor pencils by sketching a pot full of succulents on the back porch. The result was nice, although the overall tonal range was rather flat.
In today’s rendition, I began with black ink and penned the bottom parts of the leaves. I painted in the pointed tops with red paint, to represent the leaves’ red-tinged border. I outlined the succulent stalks with ink as well.
Beginning with lemon yellow, I painted the body of each leaf after which I blended in Prussian blue. I touched in some other greens to variegate the colors.
I penciled in ultramarine blue around the leaves and stalks and wet it, to create a washed background.
This composition is more of a schematic than an abstract representation, although a schematic is, by definition an abstraction.