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the various and sundry creations of sylvus tarn
Graphic sunflower
showcases the center

After the first two note cards that attempted to show both the flowers as well as the stem and leaves that supported them, I became interested in precisely depicting some of the subtler details of the individual flowers themselves.

I was particularly fascinated by the way the petals, or rays, folded in at the base, where they joined the flower's disk. And of course no-one can fail to be fascinated by the wonderful, spiraling patterns of daisylike flower centers.


I was somewhat able to capture the rays, albeit very imperfectly, and surely without the wonderful play of light caused by the longitudinal creases in the petals; but trying to get the Fibonaccian[1] pattern of center was beyond my patience, let alone skill, for a quick sketch.

But here's a photograph that shows what I'm talking about:

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Though it was taken 5 days later than the card was painting, you can see both the pattern in the central disk, and the way the rays fold in where they attach—so it's a good model even if not perfectly sharp, because it was shot at ISO 400.

And despite its flaws, the sketch has a strong graphic quality that makes a nice change from the others. —But hey, more of these drawings are on the way:

The ones I've been documenting up to now were made on 07Sept; here's another lot of three, that I painted on 12sep, about 5 days later, using the same paints, brushes and paper. They will show up soon:)

[1]And why do plants follow this pattern? Because it's efficient for packing, of course.


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