Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Scabious, Cerinthe and Malva and something different...

Some quick sketches trying to capture the essence of these beautiful flowers.

This scabious I have had in a pot all winter and it doesn't seem to have minded at all!


These have appeared in the front garden after me flinging a few seeds, that I'd had hanging around for years, last autumn. I have to say I'm delighted and surprised to see them as very often seeds just 'flung' don't usually amount to anything after they've battled through all weathers and pests. I painted this yesterday evening when the second flower was tightly wrapped. They are such a bright pink I think Opera Pink would have been a good colour to use but I don't have it as I'm pretty sure it's fugitive.

I just love the deliciousness of these Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens! They have seeded nicely this year.

Here is something else I'm working on which is a lot more detailed and a different kind of painting experience.

It's painting on de-sized calico with fabric paints, silk paints and the occasional bit of acrylic ink; inspired by the wonderful textile designer Sarah Campbell. It's taking ages but I like it and eventually it will be made into a bag. The thing is I'm starting to think it'll be a shame to cut it up!


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Leucojum In Situ and Helleborus Orientalis

Middle of March already and what glorious weather we've had here in Suffolk. I thought I'd paint this leucojum in situ as in some respects it's easier than doing a study of the plant. I do love it with the little white flowers shining out like stars on crisp, cold night. I used a bit of masking fluid for the flowers. It comes in handy sometimes for such things that would be very difficult to paint around. In can be a pig to get off and can tear the paper if left on too long. It also leaves a very hard line but I wouldn't be without it for special occasions.

This is a beautiful hellebore that a dear friend gave me as a seedling many years ago it is now blooming wonderfully in the herb garden.

The background I had to paint rather dark so the petals would sing out from it. I also dropped a little sea salt into the damp washes to add some texture and interest.

I'm so happy to tell you that I have, after many longing years, a greenhouse! A beautiful greenhouse that I shall probably be putting into a painting very soon.

Happy Spring, everyone. X


Monday, 16 December 2013

The Holly and The Ivy........Oh and The Roses!


I have quite a lot of ivy covering fences but the holly I was only just in time to pick some with berries on before the birds ate every single one of them! The holly tree is my miracle tree too as I've been growing it for about 15 yrs without a single berry and then a couple of years ago I was wandering around the garden talking to myself and the plants (as one does) and said to it, "I want berries on you!". Low and behold the next winter it was covered. Both I and the birds are very grateful indeed. The power of words....


A little reminder of summer roses on a dark, wet, December day.

Merry Christmas and God bless us one and all!