Our Scribble Picnic prompt for this week is UMBRELLA and I waffled around on this one.
First I thought about the little poem that I had memorized as a child - The Elf and the Dormouse which tells how umbrellas were first invented and that I highlighted in a post from 2011 after coming across some interesting mushrooms on a bike ride. I started a pencil sketch on an index card at work but got distracted and didn't finish it.
Then at home I was playing around with some watercolors on another index card trying to get the supports at the right angles to make an umbrella look like it was open. (And as you can see one got away from me.)
More practice with a pencil and then throwing some more watercolors in. Then I got a little crazy and outlined the flowers in marker. (That smush under them was cleaning the brush off after the umbrella was painted which I guess could almost be a puddle all the flowers were landing in.)
Trying out some more umbrellas, but not paying attention to what I was doing because they had too many segments. And also using this to practice writing the quote I wanted to use. I was aiming for a scribbly look.
And this is my final piece. The umbrella colored with Prismacolors and blended. The background in Koi watercolors and the writing with a Pitt pen. So, if you imagine as the story goes, as usually happens to me, this umbrella got caught in a car door and that is why the sides are a bit wonky there at the top. I flubbed the writing also, but it has a comfortable home in my sketchbook with some lessons well learnt.
I've already taken a peak and there are some beautiful renditions of umbrellas in the gallery. Won't you join me by clicking here to see them all?
And just as a head's up - in case you want to join in, the prompt for next week is LANTERN.