Inula Helenium is described as a "robust and rather splendid introduced wild flower with large, wrinkled basal leaves, bearing in Summer large, distinctive, bright yellow flowers".
It has long been cultivated for its many medicinal virtues and the roots have been candies and sold as sweetmeats.
I am attracted to it by its originality and its hardiness. But most of all the spirals of its unfurled flower. There is a sense of pent up energy and movement in these spirals which I have tried to bring to the whole drawing. The sunniness of the yellow led me to bring a sky blue to the leaves.
Drawing with watercolour pencils on 80gms recycled brown paper.
Unframed, 37.5cm x 30 cm including a soft white mount. (21cm x14.8cm actual drawing size) Professional framing recommended.
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