Watercolour 12 – Hellebore (never ending)

A quick update on my never-ending watercolour painting.  This is number 12 in my learning curve.  As you will see from this post I have been painting this for some time but if I am honest it not that long since we didn’t have  any classes from July to the end of September. Anyway, this…

Watercolours – going it alone

As long-term readers of this blog will know I dabble in botanical art.  I use the word ‘dabble’ advisedly since my abilities are far from the pristine scientifically correct paintings you see at RHS shows.  I have been going to classes once a week, 2 hours a week, about 26 weeks a year for a…

Hellebore Painting – Update

Some readers will know that I dabble in botanical art.  I am far from an expert as I only go to a class once a week during term time and have been going for a couple of years now.  As I have said before my biggest challenge is getting to grips with watercolour.  I can…

Watercolour No 11 – Aquilegias

Anyone who has read my blog for a while will know that I am learning to do botanical art.  I  have been attending weekly clashes for a couple of years now.  Although the classes are only 2 hours long and there are only 8 –10 classes each term. My latest effort has been a group…

A Review: Wild Flowers by Sarah Raven

I was very interested to receive an advanced information sheet from Bloomsbury Books for Sarah Raven’s new book ‘Wild Flowers’. I have always been interested in wild flowers. I remember doing a project over the summer holidays when I was a teenager on the composition of a hedge.  The project was for a school competition…

Watercolour No 10 – Iris sibirica

Finally I painting that I am really proud of but then again I am a tough critic of my own work.  It has taken quite a few lessons to finish this and there are definitely areas which I wish I had the ability to do better but compared to when I started nearly 2 years…

Watercolour No 9 – Iris foetidus

Regular visitors to my blog will know that I go to an art class which is called ‘Botanical Illustration’.  However, this title is a little loose as during the 18 month I have ben going there have been pictures of chickens, squirrels,  a bird of prey and a tiger!!  Our tutor is very laid back,…

Watercolour No 8: Autumn Leaf

On looking back through the blog I have realised that I forgot to show you  my last completed watercolour picture.  I am also posting them on this blog so I can keep a record of how I am progressing. This picture was done over two weeks classes – so just under 4 hours I suppose. …

Watercolour No 7 – Narcissus Actea bulbs

Those of you who drop into my blog on a fairly regular basis will know that I have been dabbling in botanical illustration and attending classes.  I started my second year in September and have just completed picture no 7. I am beginning to feel less intimidated by the watercolour paint.  Although I have used…

One bulb is never enough

Bulbs have been dominating my thoughts for a couple of weeks now not least because my bulb orders arrived about several weeks ago and until two days ago I hadn’t got around to opening the boxes and checking the orders.  Last weekend I was distracted with taking down hanging baskets and potting up tender plants…

Watercolour 4 – Snowdrops

Well Watercolour 4 is nearly finished.  Its not too bad but needs alot of tidying up around the edges to sharpen the leaves etc but not bad for 2 hours painting I think.  It alsoo didn’t help that the plants I had drawn from last week were past their best and the colours weren’t at…

Watercolour 3 – Beetroot

I have finally finished my first proper watercolour.  I started a botanical drawing class back in September and am now on my second term.  Whilst I have done art classes before (pastel, life etc) I haven’t done watercolours or neat or precise etc so this is proving to be  a real challenge. My art class…