Spending the rest of today sketching and painting teazles

A friend wants me to teach her the basics of watercolour and is very drawn to teazles and all things hedgerow. My kind of subject! So today after sourcing many teazle images I am sketching out random shapes and forms from those collated. I am going to use the best one or ones to then create a simple watercolour lesson on how to execute them … Continue reading Spending the rest of today sketching and painting teazles

So I drew a Monsterra

A Monsterra not a monster:) Sitting very quietly and focusing on one leaf at a time I draw the contours of this – one of my fave indoor plants – as an exercise in observation and modified contour drawing. It is very relaxing. Read all about this technique in Betty Edwards’s book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.I have this plant sprawling recklessly … Continue reading So I drew a Monsterra

Sketching Geese in Pencil

This morning I had the urge to put pencil to paper and geese were on my mind. They appeal to me because of their associations with fairytales and golden eggs and a bit of magic. They also make good guard dogs and one once bit my father’s thumb really badly. I use big A3 pads of cheap paper from Poundstretcher etc so that when I … Continue reading Sketching Geese in Pencil

Feeling Fowl? Paint a chicken!

Had the urge to get some stunning poultry photos yesterday and these 3 lovelies are what I found! What do you think? A pure white hen scratching for corn, a pheasant looking like he’s on the run and a sophisticated and proud cockerel that I am dying to paint. But – first things first. I drew the cockerel on a large A3 pad with a … Continue reading Feeling Fowl? Paint a chicken!

Art Demo – Ladybird in Watercolour

For this simple yet dramatic demo I used hot pressed paper 9olbs by Arches of France but any hot pressed paper or medium (not) paper will do. I used a No 3 and a No 8 round watercolour brush and the main colours are New Gamboge (yellow), Scarlet Lake, Cadmium Red, French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna. I did not stretch the paper first as I … Continue reading Art Demo – Ladybird in Watercolour

Fresh Out of Forde Abbey

Last July I had a lovely day trip by coach to Forde Abbey in Somerset. A rural idyll, this abbey was once a monastery but has had many changes made to its architecture which have resulted in a beautiful English stately home and gardens – open to the public. I was drawn to the simplicity and beauty of the abbey gardens and its well-tended vegetable … Continue reading Fresh Out of Forde Abbey