The bright colorful weeds of early summer have lost their luster from lack of water, the dry winds, hot days and now they are in the next step of their cycle. They have turned brown, gold and crisp, easy to break and bend. They will soon be dropping their seeds to travel in the wind or carried by animals to settle in for the winter to start another new cycle in the spring.
I gathered a variety of the weeds in my hand while on a walk the other day through the fields. They are one of my favorite objects to sketch due to their irregular shapes and colors. I try to arrange the collection of weeds into a design where the negative and positive shapes create an interesting composition. This sketch was done with colored pencil. What fun it was.