Runner Beans

runner bean flowers colour

Runner bean flowers

Hi there, how are you?

This week I have spent some time relaxing and drawing in the garden (like there’s any where else to go at the moment hehehe)

In the spring I planted runner beans and lettuce, (all were eaten by the slugs *sniff*) so I took a few pots and planted beans on the kitchen window.

my runner bean flowers has been eaten!

My runner bean flowers has been eaten! this one was drawn as the first beans had started growing. they didn’t last much longer.

Due to the current pandemic all lettuce seeds were sold out, we’ll have to eat shop bought lettuce like every one else. *sad face*

I planted the new seedlings out in a large pot with stick to tie them into as they grew and every night I went out with a torch to pick off the raging hordes of molluscs and threw them over the fence. (no not the neighbours hehehe, the patch of trees at the end of the street.)

some watercolour runner bean flowers

Some watercolour runner bean flowers and a little gouache.

They’re dwarf runner beans so they don’t grow too high but the beans are normal size.

There were lots of flowers pretty quickly and I had high hopes of eating some early beans. Alas all of the flowers pinged off.

They did keep producing flowers though and now finally we have beans!

runner beans, whoot!

Runner beans, whoot! drawn with a fountain pen with coloured pencils.

Lots of tiny runner beans and one or two that look like they need picking and eating, (soon my pretties).

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Feeling Blue (Lots of blue patterns)

dotty flower

Dotty flowers

Hi there, how are you?

This was the last and final week of the Victoria Johnson class – explore florals and we’re working in blue.

I played a little with masking fluid; mine is pretty old and gloopy so I ended up with lots of dots using the back end of a paint brush.

Next I tried some simple brush strokes it’s uneven and wonky which I like. I made two colour ways for this pattern. The cool thing about this is only the background was changed but it made the coloured brush marks look completely different.

brush stroke petals

Brush stroke petals

Some loose chrysanthemum flowers in this next pattern, painted in watercolour with simple brush strokes it was a strange flower to make a pattern out of but I think it works.

chrysanthemum flowers

Chrysanthemum flowers

The last set of flowers were something I had drawn in the garden with a fountain pen containing blue ink. I hadn’t intended to make anything out of them but since I was in pattern making mode I thought it would be fun to have a go.

delicate garden flowers

Delicate garden flowers

It’s been an interesting three weeks, I’ve used art techniques and materials I probably wouldn’t have other wise so altogether a very good learning experience.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Sunny Poppies And A Tiny Visitor

poppy drawn with fountain pen

Poppies drawn with a fountain pen

Hi there, how are you?

This week I have mostly been drawing poppies. I can’t resist, no matter where I see them I have to draw them (or take photos to draw later hehehe)

I drew some out in fountain pen and ink, I think it was green ink, it’s very dark so it’s hard to tell. I like the shapes the stringy little stems make.

We had one or two Biro’s sitting on the table, (probably something the other half brought home from work) red, blue and black, I thought it would be fun to sketch a poppy with them. This kept me quiet for a good half hour, all of those little folds and creases very relaxing and interesting to draw.

poppy drawn in biro

A poppy drawn in biro

This poppy was drawn with a fine liner and coloured with distress markers, I found them in a draw and am trying to use them up. The highlights are white jell pen.

red poppy coloured with distress markers

A red poppy coloured with distress markers

This is the point where all poppy sketching stopped. Whilst I had been drawing I’d heard a high pitched peeping but thought it was one of the many birds fluttering around the garden. I looked down to see a little ball of fluff and feathers padding across the path peeping loudly for mum. What to do!

I called to one of the kids to look at R.S.P.C.A on the internet and we went through the check-list

1 does it have feathers – yes

2 is it injured – no

3 is it in any immediate danger – no, not yet?

It was possibly a fledgling, I hadn’t realised they left the nest so soon, the advise was to wait up to two hours to see if mum comes to feed it. two hours! We backed away, took all our stuff inside and waited.

Five or six minutes later mum flew down with a feed and lots of cheapage. The little ball of fluff padded under cover at the back of the garden, luckily I haven’t gotten around to weeding back there yet so it had lots of cover.

baby blue tit (fledgling)

A baby blue tit (fledgling)

I’d taken a quick photo whilst waiting for the kids on the internet, I just had to draw it to keep the memory. He looks quite peeved here hehehe

Next day I heard high pitched peeping again but couldn’t find it, too well hidden. It’s the most excitement we’ve had all week.

No doubt there will be more poppies next week, hehehe

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x


buttercups watercolour and ink

Buttercups drawn with a fountain pen and watercolour

Hi there, how are you?

There are buttercups everywhere at the moment. Last time we had a walk I picked a few and when we were home I put them into some water.

I’ve spent some very happy hours drawing them.

I started out drawing them with a fountain pen, the intention was to use watercolour but the ink ran and as you can see in the first flower, the paint beaded up so I just pulled out some of the ink a water brush to shade the leaves.

This page was drawn with a fine liner, I like the ink in fine liners but I wish lines had more variation, at least the ink didn’t run as I scrubbed the watercolour in. Some of the flowers were a little past their best by this time and they made some very interesting shapes.

buttercups watercolour and fine liner

Buttercups watercolour and fine liner

I vectorised one of the buttercups in illustrator, I like playing around with this program but everything I make looks so very flat so I was trying to give it a little more “personality”. It looks a lot more interesting, less polished, a little more like a drawing. I may play with it a bit more in the future.

buttercups illustration

An illustration made with my buttercups

Since the single flower turned out so well I vectorised some others and made them into a pattern this time using buttercup colours. I didn’t have many flowers vectorised so I used solid shapes to fill out the pattern

buttercup pattern

Buttercup pattern

Buttercups are such cheerful flowers they always make me happy.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Quince Flowers In Gouache And Ink

Gouache quince flower

Gouache quince flower

I’m still in the garden, the quince tree has been flowering away to itself for almost a week now and I fear I have neglected it this year, realising this I thought I should draw the flowers before they all drop off!

They have lovely white flowers just tinged hear and there with pink, the leaves are huge and floppy making a good backdrop for the flowers helping them to really stand out.

I did a quick pencil sketch for a guide then drew it all in with a fine liner. The intention was to use watercolour but the paper was refusing to co-operate so I used gouache. It’s not a highly pigmented set but the extra body helped with the paint beading on the surface.

two gouache quince flowers

Two gouache quince flowers

Gouache is not my favourite medium, I usually spent more time fixing the mistakes than painting but this time it was a more pleasurable experience as being outside meant the paint dried faster and so I wasn’t pushing the colours together in a muddy mess.

(Note to self: use less water when painting with gouache.)

Some drawings worked better than others as I tried to work out how best to deal with the shadows and which greens to use.

Between the blue paper and the white paint the scanner had a hard time here and the white flowers don’t really show up well.

After trying single flowers I looked for a little group that although weren’t actually on the same branch, from my point of view seemed to be in a small cluster, I think It gives a little more movement around the page.

a group of gouache quince

A group of quince flowers painted with gouache.

The day was a bit colder and didn’t really want to drag paints and brushes outside so I settled for a fountain pen and my sketchbook. The leaves, twist and undulate, it was difficult to work out the shadows and then make the leaves darker than the flowers. I think this will take a lot more practice.

quince flowers drawn with a fountain pen

Quince flowers drawn with a fountain pen

Stepping away for a while and looking at it now its not too bad, maybe if there are and flowers left after the nights wind I will have another go and work the shadows out properly.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Californian Poppies and More Garden Sketches

californian poppy sketches

californian poppy sketches

Happy Easter people, if you’re not celebrating, happy Sunday.

It’s usually a time for meeting up with friends and family but we’ve been very good and stayed home. Lots of phone calls and connecting digitally will have to do for now.

This week the weather was gloriously sunny and I planted up some pots and tidied around a little when I noticed a pot with some Californian poppies. I’d planted them last year, twice as slugs ate the first batch. The second batch were really planted too late for the summer and thought I’d lost them to the frost.

There they were happily flowering away and are the most beautiful rich orange colour. I took my sketchbook and little stool out to draw them quickly. The colour isn’t quite right, I’m going to have to do some more mixing to see if I can find a better match but it’s close.

I also drew a few poppies with various pens just to familiarise myself with the shapes. As the shade (or the evening) closes in they all close up into tight buds again and go to sleep, very much like I do hehehe.

californian poppy pen sketches

californian poppy pen sketches

This quick poppy sketch is another plant I thought I had lost last year. The slugs ate it down to a stump last summer but it survived and pushed its way though the weeds and has one lovely huge bud.

Mum gave us a small pot of lily of the valley a few years ago, it was just a pot of leaves last year but this year it has several flower stalks beginning to shoot. I’m so happy things are starting to grow and flower.

garden plant sketches

garden plant sketches. A poppy bud, a few more californian poppies and a lily of the valley

Once I’d scanned the poppies into the computer I decided to make a pattern out of them. They’re a bit scrappy bur the patterns look OK, I’ve made It into two colour ways, more out of curiosity than anything else, I’m not sure which I like best, it’s a good thing I don’t have to choose.

californian poppy pattterns

californian poppy pattterns

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Still Plodding Along

an ink drawing of red quince buds

An ink drawing of red quince bud

Hi there, how are you?

We’re still plodding along; we had one big walk down the road this week and kicked ourselves that we didn’t take our drawing stuff along. It was only a mile or so down a small lane to the river, it’s a dead end road with not too many houses so not many people or cars to avoid, crossing to the other side when we became close.

Next time if we’re still allowed out we’ll take a book and pencil case and sit on the riverbank with the cows.

I’ve been drawing in the garden again. I drew some quince flowers; the bush is a little scrappy but it has beautiful orange flowers, its only redeeming feature really since the fruit if we get any at all is the size of a ping pong ball and mostly filled with pips.

I used my fountain pen again. I’m finding it very restful listening to the birds and scratching away with my little pen.

had another go at the weeds/plant in the pot from last week. This time I drew it with a fine liner so when I painted over it with the watercolour the ink wouldn’t run into the colour.

They look a lot cleaner and fresher this time.

When I’m drawing plants like these and the quince I just pick out the bits I’m interested in,

weeds drawn with a fine liner

Weeds/plants drawn with a fine liner

This week saw in the 1st of April (can you believe it April!) I remembered pinchpunchpost, a twitter challenge I do if I remember. This month’s theme was walrus. I drew a very unappealing walrus, tried to cheer it up a bit in the computer, meh. I posted it anyway, why not.



With walrus’s on the brain I decided to make some sort of pattern. I drew a few walrus in illustrator and next thing I knew I had fish and a seagull too hehehe. Having lots of fun with the cuteness.

Walrus pattern

Walrus pattern

It’s not a colour scheme I would have chosen, I mean they are all colours I like but wouldn’t have consciously put them together myself, but I do like it. Illustrator colour changer for the win.

Thanks for taking precious time to stop by. Take care, till next time, have fun x

I Get To Draw flowers In The Garden

garden wild flower

Garden wild flower

Hi there, how are you? Are you good?

Currently we all seem to be living in interesting times. Like most places we’re shut in at home, no zoo, no parks not even the library, although I have several books on loan that I can now take two months to read, good times.

We’ve had a few nice days here so I’ve been outside drawing in the garden.

I found some flowers that had planted themselves into a pot. (see above) I’m not sure if it’s a weed or a wild flower from last years shameful attempt at growing seeds but it’s pretty and was fun to draw so it’s staying for now. 

It’s a bit straggly, long thin stems tumbling down over the pot so I picked out a few sprigs and drew them individually with a fountain pen.

Since my little 14 day challenge last week I‘ve been quite enjoying drawing straight into my book without a pencil line for help.

I wanted to add a bit of colour but the ink isn’t waterproof so there was some bleeding even though I tried to keep away from the lines, not that I mind I like the way they turned out.

Later on I thought maybe I could turn them into a pattern. I cut them out of the background and had a play.

wild flower pattern

Wild flower pattern

I bought some frilly pansies from the plant graveyard at the supermarket, they looked almost dead (why do they never water the plants) but I thought one or two may live with a little care and put the poor things into a pot in the garden.

Well, they all came back to life and are now happily flowering away so I had to draw them. It was hard to see where one petal ends and the other begins but it was a good challenge

ink pen frilly pansyFrilly pansy drawn with an ink pen.

Last year we had a pot of viola flowers, they were pale blue and lilac, this year the pot is full of purple viola, probably seeds from last years flowers, interesting to see the colour change.

I didn’t colour them this time, I started filling the petals with lines to show the colour and shadows and got carried away. This was very meditative and took a while to do but I thoroughly enjoyed drawing it.

ink pansy & violaPansy & viola drawn with ink pen.

Right in the middle of the tiny viola is one pansy plant (see above), same colour as the viola standing tall and proud. Is it another viola seed throwback? Either way it needed to be drawn, immortalised forever in my sketchbook hehehe. Since I had enjoyed drawing the viola so much I decided to draw this the same way.

The garden is slowly waking up, plants bloom, shed and fruit. Life goes on regardless and I am thankful.

Thanks for taking precious time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x