Day Lilies and a Smile by Lenora Brown

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This the first of my Sugar and Spice Series. I was inspired by looking at the work of a young artist and how she took a very popular style of drawing and made it her own. She just plunged in with what she was going to draw and stuck with it. I suppose some of the artists do this as well, I just realized how much time it takes me in planning and then deciding if I like it or not.

With this drawing, I liked it but after trying to get the colors brightened for the purpose of online presentation, some of its charm (if I may be so bold to add) seems to get lost somewhere.

This was drawn on cream colored drawing paper (12×9) with fine tipped black ink and colored pencils. My intention was to make these Sugar and Spice illustrations with shades of gray and sepia. I found that slate gray has a hint of blue in it which was great for the other illustrations but sort of ruined the integrity of what I was trying to do. Nevertheless, I was glad to finished with first 7 of them.

Featured In:
Artistic Feminine Drawing and Paintings Group 1/7/2012
Everyday Women Group 1/8/2012
Artists Universe Group 1/9/2012


shades of gray, sepia, black ink, flowers, ribbon, art nouveau, cream paper, hand made, ruffles, day lily, smile, paper, hair, long hair, ribbons

Lenora has been a Counselor/Family Worker for over 20 years. Currently, she has found have an inordinate amount of time working in the geriatric community. Using the time constructively, Lenora was crocheting with some of the ladies, as she use to with her mother who taught her the craft. In so doing, one of the ladies mentioned how she would have liked to have a portrait drawn. Lenora took on the task and was inspired to continue. The illustrations here are mostly inspired by her childhood.

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  • waynea3
    waynea3over 2 years ago

    Great detail in this piece Lenora. I love it :)

  • I saw the feature page and am still honored with the company you placed my work in. Thank you. :)

    – Lenora Brown

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 2 years ago

    Your wonderful signature Art ROCKS Lenora. Day lollies and a smile is soooooooooooooooooooooo enchanting .. Paulx

  • Thank you Paul and for taking the time to write a comment. It is so appreciated. :)

    – Lenora Brown

  • CRose
    CRoseover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on a well-deserved Feature!
    Your Host: CRose 01-08-12

  • This will be my first feature in this group. Thank you so much. :)

    – Lenora Brown

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    January 9th, 2012
    Happy New Year

    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
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  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...over 2 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so much :)

    – Lenora Brown

  • Llynfian
    Llynfianover 2 years ago

    Excellent! Love this.

  • Thank you :)

    – Lenora Brown

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the Artists Universe group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Thank you so much Francis :)

    – Lenora Brown

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 2 years ago

    This is a beautifully happy drawing Lenora :) I love it.

  • Thank you :)

    – Lenora Brown

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