When I looked out my window last fall and saw the giant sunflower my family and I had planted wilted over and covered in fresh frost, I knew I wanted to draw it. It was so warm and so cold, the details so fresh.
I'm always looking for ways to challenge myself as an artist, and I've known for years that my greatest weakness is my attention span. I struggle to take the time to really nail the picture. I find myself rushing at the end of a piece because I'm so excited and anxious to finish it. When I took this reference I knew I found one to teach me that lesson in patience.
There is something about starting a new medium or experimenting with a new style that is exciting, exhilarating, but frightening all rolled into one. That was how I felt when I decided to take on the piece that I would eventually name, "Patience."
It began last year as an experimental piece inspired by pen and ink work that recently had come to my attention. I found the concept intriguing. It was a method that demanded patience along with intricate detail. One of my biggest challenges I face as an artist is stretching my attention span, and pointillism, I decided, would be the perfect medium for that. So I ordered up some Micron pens, found a reference, and set to work.
The original artwork for Western Artist Nichole Taylor. Located in Moab, Utah, Nichole strives to capture the fine details that abound in the western and ranching heritage.