Preparing to teach a workshop about sketching from nature and creating designs. Here is the original sketch in my journal and 5 design variations. The numbers indicate what order I drew the images. Drawing from nature helps me understand the object, and notice geometric shapes. Then when I simplify the image, I can rearrange the shapes into a pleasing design. As you can see, the designs get further away from the original as I progressed. By number 6, you could barely tell it was a daylily unless you saw it in context with the other drawings.
Over the weekend, I attended two concerts at Tanglewood Music Center that included pieces of music with variations on a theme, so that was on my mind as I drew last night.