I have picked the first fritillary flower from my garden and some buds of this beautiful flower. It is quite early this year as it usually does not flower until the end of March and throughout the month of April. Each year I add another hundred of the tiny white bulbs, I planted them in November to flower in spring.
I have been drawing in my square book with sepia Calligraphy ink and a dip in pen and nib. I photographed it and then decided to colour in the background with a paintbrush and the same ink.
It changed the look of the drawing, the white shapes of the leaves seem to jump out of the page and gives the leaves a three dimensional feeling. The leaves cross over and make such lovely interesting shapes, this is how they grow in clumps and the sweeping leaves tangle up with each other.
The flowers are called "Snakehead Fritillary", ( Fritillaria meleagris). It is the wonderful chequered pattern on the flowers that attracts me and makes them one of my favourite flowers. They are a delicate flower and only last a few days. I try to go and see them each day and enjoy watching them appear. You will notice it features on my blog header. The bees love them and when they are out in full flower, it is alive with buzzing as the bees weave their way around the flower heads.
This is a photograph taken last year showing the flowers and you will see we have white ones too. I am hoping for the same beautiful show this year. At the moment there are just a few flowers out, most of the plants are just growing and look like a strand of grass. A heavy rain shower or a windy stormy day spoils them and blows the petals off.
Which do you like the best, the white background or the sepia ?
I will be drawing more of these beautiful flowers, hope you like them.
Thank you for the lovely comments which I always enjoy reading. Until next week Happy drawing . Millyx