White Flower Study, charcoal

Today a little something to celebrate the beginning of Spring ~

White Flower Study, was a quick charcoal drawing (9×6) on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  My objective for this still life was to sketch the flower without too much detail leaving an overall impression of soft infused light.  Some interesting patterns developed that I’ll probably use in a future drawing.

Thanks for checking in.

White Flower Study



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54 Responses to White Flower Study, charcoal

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Elena – drawing florals is still a slow subject for me. Great though for exploring and learning more about both graphite and charcoal techniques.

  1. mamie says:

    Love this!! Love the motion and simplicity!

  2. Heartafire says:

    this is truly amazing and beautiful.

  3. Nature’s brief elegance rendered into permanent art. Such good work.

  4. Nicely done Mary! And perfect for Easter! Wishing you a blessed Easter.

  5. Timelesslady says:

    You succeeded Mary, beautiful light glows from your flower.

  6. dsaquarelles says:

    many beautiful shades! I ❤

  7. I love this. I can just see the softness in the petals! So pretty!

  8. restlessjo says:

    Lovely ‘suggestion’ of a flower, Mary! Happy Easter to you and yours 🙂

  9. Painting for Joy says:

    I saw your post while waiting for our plane to take off and only had time to click the like button before shutting down my phone.

    This is a most intriguing drawing Mary. I am taken in by the subtle changes in value and left wanting to touch the flower! You portrayed it’s delicateness in a very remarkable way. It looks so soft! Very nicely done!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you my dear friend, loved your read on the flower – it was a very interesting subject to try out with charcoal. Have a save trip home, best wishes and Happy Easter.

  10. The effect of white flowers with charcoal….that’s real talent, Mary! … 🙂

  11. tchistorygal says:

    I like that you show your work in progress. It will be interesting to see how it changes as you work with it. Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I’m doing a series on artist’s studios since we had a tour of them last weekend that was really a lot of fun.:)

  12. Resa says:

    Very luxuriant! Perfect for spring and Easter weekend! Have a lovely Easter, Mary!

  13. Beautiful study, Mary and perfect for the beginning of Spring! 🙂
    Happy weekend, my friend. 🙂

  14. It’s lovely….happy spring to you😊💕

  15. dorannrule says:

    Soft and silky and once again you have created beauty.

  16. and a fine impression it is, Miss Mary

    top drawer, as usual

    Much love

    uncle john

  17. Amy says:

    Beautifully done! I didn’t think it’s possible to draw white flower with charcoal! 🙂

  18. Lovely little study and a delightful image to say hello to Spring! Thank you Mary for this beauty and may your Spring be a bright and happy one! Hugs~Eva

  19. Beautiful Mary. It is wonderful to see how your work is made.

  20. Beautiful – You give a new scope to the medium of charcoal. Janet:)

  21. The epitome of softness…..
    We had a bit of snow today….but it will go away quickly. No flowers, yet, though.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Cynthia – always appreciate your encouraging feedback! I took a few photos earlier in the week, should post this weekend perhaps. But woke up today to 49 degrees and still only in the low 50’s – kind of a reminder that the cold is still lingering. Sorry to read that you’ve had more snow, it’s time for a little warmth to head your way!

  22. Francesca says:

    I love this! It is so … ethereal!

  23. This is really lovely, Mary. A beautiful drawing to celebrate spring. 🙂

  24. exiledprospero says:

    Very impressionistic and satisfying.

    There is little point in heralding spring over here as it is perpetually spring (with the occasional oratory from the wind).

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Prospero for your descriptives, impressionistic is what I was aiming for! I can only imagine being surrounded by beautiful flowers everyday, all year long – that would be magical in my book.

  25. Anonymous says:

    A white flower done with charcoal? And done beautifully! Such talent.

  26. That’s beautiful, Mary. Nicely done!

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