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Iris studies 
21st-May-2010 10:18 am
Printperson divina

Iris studies 1


Iris studies 2


Iris studies 3


The good thing about going back and forth between Venice and Des Moines is that I get two springs. The iris are out in Des Moines right now. A stalk with 7 deep purple blooms was growing in our garden. I cut it and have been drawing it. On the top page, I was drawing this curious and complex flower mostly from pure observation, but then I started pushing back the overlapping petals so that I could look inside and understand it better. The more diagramatic drawings (for example, lower right) are a result of that. Then, once I understood the flower's structure better, I was able to combine sight and understanding to produce the other drawings.
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