I’ve become obsessed with sketching milkweed pods. The color variation is subtle but I’ve found if you stare at a collection of pods long enough colors start popping. Gray becomes blue and hints of purple emerge. The creamy interior glows golden and the white tufts of hair attached to the seed are not so white. Maybe it’s more that my eyes are color starved. It is winter in Iowa after all. Here’s a peek inside my sketchbook. On the left are notes about value and form and a color study; on the right are a few preliminary sketches. I believe more sessions are in order.