The withered buddleia bush presents a stark silhouette against a background of snow.

Winter Withered Buddleia Bush

I hadn’t noticed the delicate, twisted shapes of the buddleia bush outside my window when the background was the grass of the backyard.  After the snowfall, the grass hid beneath a thin blanket of snow, turning the background from a middle value neutralized green into a light value, white backdrop for the dark value, dried blossoms and withered leaves.

Sketch: drawn first with fountain pen filled with a mix of red and black ink, followed by watercolor.

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