Sunday, January 23, 2011

Illustration Friday: Dusty

Dusty Miller, acrylic & colored pencil, 6 x 12.5", 2011.
This week's theme for Illustration Friday was "dusty".  I work in a library; I see dust all the time.  I definitely didn't want to draw plain old dust, so I decided to draw the plant, Dusty Miller

My original idea for this was to have a lot of detailed pencil work, and to make it look like an old fashioned bookplate.  Once I drew the outline of the leaves it reminded me of batik fabric designs, so I ended up going in an entirely different direction.

The whole thing looks almost abstract, which is not at all my usual style.  It's Dusty Miller, but I could also get away with saying that it's an illustration of dust under a microscope.  Whatever it is, I think it's kind of interesting looking.  What do you think?


  1. I did think it was dust under a microscope. It's absolutely beautiful!

  2. Thanks so much! I almost didn't post this because it took such I different turn that what I envisioned. It's wonderful to see your kind words!

  3. You're right, it would make a really sharp fabric pattern. Submit this one to Spoonflower!

    I would have went with Dusty Springfield on this challenge, which wouldn't have looked nearly as cool!

    oh, and experiment like this more...
    it clearly works really well for you!

  4. Bookplates, you say? Hmmm..... This needs some thought. ;-)

  5. The colors on this piece are gorgeous, especially the really dark blues.

  6. I wouldn't mind this on my wall! Lovely response

  7. John: A surprising number of people did Dusty Springfield!

    Nancy: Does "hmmm" mean I'm getting a project?

    Elizabeth and Selina: Thank you so much!

  8. this is a most lovely and fresh response to dusty: bravo!


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