Snowdrop Time

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Hi there, how are you?

There’s been more poking around in the garden and I’ve discovered the snowdrops.

These small unassuming white flowers tell us that though winter is still in full swing but spring is just around the corner. The garden is preparing for new growth and the warmer weather is on it’s way.

After snapping one or two photos and I ran back into the dry warm house.

I made lots of little studies in my sketchbook, little buds all closed up in their capsule’s waiting to pop, small white droplets hanging down as the flowers slowly open.

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Snowdrop buds
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Snowdrop bud sketch

I found a small piece of arches watercolour paper, just big enough to paint on (roughly A5 in size). The paper is rough not cold-pressed a very different painting experience than usual.

I drew something simple because I didn’t want to use masking fluid.

The background was going to be dark green with blue and purple dropped in (left image). It looked OK whilst it was wet but once dried turned a murky grey.

snowdrow wc before & after
Snowdrop waterccolour before & after

Since I wasn’t really fussed about it I thought I’d experiment a little more, maybe a dark blue background would work?

Ultra marine blue and a touch of indigo, the flower shows up better not sure it’s an improvement though, but it was fun trying.

As more snowdrops pop through I’ll take more photos if for no the reason than I really enjoy looking at them.

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

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Iris Seeds Heads

Hi there, how are you?

watercolour iris seed headsWatercolour iris seed heads

Spring is about to spring so I thought I’d go out into the garden and tidy up a bit.

One or two of the spring bulbs are starting to show tiny green shoots and it’s all looking very promising, then in the corner of my eye I spotted last years iris plants.

Of course there aren’t any flowers but there are some very beautiful seed heads, the pods have burst open revealing the lovely colourful seeds ranging from red to purple, absolutely stunning.

It’s too cold and wet to sit out side and draw them so I snapped a few photos and drew them in the house.

The first two are painted with watercolour on cartridge paper, layering one light wash on top of another till it became the colour I wanted.

watercolour iris seed heads 2
watercolour iris seed heads 2
The photo for this painting was taken from the top which is why the leaves are is a strange angle

The next one is drawn with a fountain pen as I try to draw in the tones. It’s not too bad, I’ll keep on practising though.

iris seeds ink drawing
iris seeds ink drawing

Another ink drawing. I was going to leave it at that but in the end added a quick wash of watercolour over the top.

I really like it now, it reminds me of illustrations from vintage books, definitely need to do this more.

vintage style iris seeds
vintage style iris seeds

These little seed heads really cheered me up this week, it’s nice to find something unexpected in the garden a this time of year.

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

Bunny

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Year of the rabbit 2023 watercolour.

Hi there, how are you?

Chinese new year this year is “the year of the rabbit”. Both the youngling and I apparently were born under this sign although in different years obviously.

I decided to draw and paint a little rabbit to celebrate.

This little bunny is jumping into a puddle because my year is also a water element, the youngling is under the fire element, explains a lot ha!

According to my research every year has a different element attached to it, something I didn’t know till recently.(Learning and growing.)

There’s a possibility this small watercolour may end up on someone’s card soon, wonder who the lucky person will be hehehe.

A very happy and prosperous new year to anyone celebrating.

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

Turtle Card

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watercolour turtle birthday card.

Hi there, how are you?

This week I’ve been making a birthday card using the turtle from Octobers Inktober ideas as a starting point.

Sometimes I use the actual Inktober art and adhere it to a card base but this time I wanted to see how it would look in a more realistic colour.

The original (below) was OK, there were a few things I wanted to change with the drawing. Most of the Inktober are drawn and completed in a day, getting it drawn quickly and posted is as much as I can deal with. Details get missed or glossed over.

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Original Inktober turtle

I drew the original image out again in a sketchbook and painted it with watercolour to test the colours. This gave me a rough idea what colours I wanted to use (and the ones I didn’t).

turtle sketch 1
Turtle sketch 1

After a quick sketchbook re-draw I tweaked the colours a little and was happier with these choices.

This is cartridge paper, the colours are not too vibrant on this paper but it’s enough to work things out.

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Turtle sketch 2, a bit scrappy but it does the job.

As you can see the colours on the card at the top of the post are a lot more vibrant. This is in part due to me using a photo (the scan looked very washed out which can sometimes happens with blues,) and the use of cotton watercolour paper. Cotton watercolour paper always makes the colours sing.

The lighting is the sun shining low in the sky through the trees behind me.

The thing I like about Inktober is (given a good month) I have lots of ideas, admittedly not all good but enough to spark lots of other ideas to use throughout the year.

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

Happy New Year 2023

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Happy New Year everyone! It’s hard to believe we’re into 2023 already, the years are flying by.

This is a little round up post for last years artiness.

The top image is chosen by the algorithm and as expected contains many Inktober’s. If you post every day as part of a challenge they are much more likely to be shown and seen.

I like all of the images but the variety is small and chosen by a machine so I took a look at the images I have posted this year and picked my favourite nine.

Still some Inktober’s and also a few things that for one reason or another resonated with me.

my favourite nine 2022
My favourite nine 2022

Poppies always a favourite.

I love the background on the butterflies top middle.

Two little dragons on number 1 sons card made us all smile.

Goldfish facial expressions are a hoot.

A Christmas card using an experiment that turned out way better than I though it would.

A cute little bird from the zoo.

Happy Yin yang fish.

Who doesn’t love a monkey with a moustache,

and the fun loving octopus.

Different media and subjects but full of happy memories.

Thanks so much for the support last year I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy lives to visit, like and comment, I have also enjoyed visiting you, reading and seeing all of you wonderful creations.

Here’s to 2023.

I hope you have some happy memories from last year and that you make many more in the coming year.

Till next time, have fun x

Drawing Tiny Quince Fruits

small quince with watercolourTiny japonica quince painted with watercolour

Hello there, how are you?

Autumn is on its way and the tiny quince fruits are starting to swell.

The fruit on this plant aren’t very big even when they’re fully grown, the largest being about 4cm (1 ½ inches).

(Above) They look like tiny green pumpkins hanging on to their stems. Painted with watercolour.

It’s not a whole branch just the bits here and there that interested me dotted around the page.

(Below) more bits of plant together on a page. I don’t always remember to use the brown fine liner but when I do I love drawing with it. It’s a much softer line than the black one.

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Tiny japonica quince drawn with a brown fine liner.

It was at this point I realised my pen shading was pretty rubbish and was something I needed to work on.

I tried another drawing this time with a fountain pen. More practice is need but there are some parts I like.

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Tiny japonica quince drawn with a fountain pen and black ink.

The last one was drawn with a graphite pencil but it didn’t seem dark enough in the shadows so I drew over it with a black colouring pencil.

It turned out better, now I just need to learn how to do this with ink, should be fun.

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Tiny japonica quince drawn with graphite pencil and a black coloured pencil.

Usually we don’t get more than one or two fruits but this year we have roughly fifteen, a very good year.

If we want to eat them I have to cook them and strain the pips out as cutting them out before cooking would take forever and it would cut out most of the fruit.

Still a nice addition to other fruit so worth it.

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

Cards To Paint

watercolour dasisy cardWatercolour daisy card

Hello there, how are you?

This month there is a wedding anniversary and a birthday, a good excuse to paint some cards.

The first card, daisies and butterflies, painted on posh arches watercolour paper no less.

This was the second attempt as the sizing in the paper of the first attempt had degraded and to make matters worse the masking fluid I used, tinted blue left lots of blue stains on the paper!

The masking fluid is in the bin, I wont be buying that brand again.

In the end I just painted around the petals, I don’t think it looks too bad.

The butterflies have gold shiny mica watercolour on the wings and the background looked a little empty so I painted blue swirls and drew around the swirls with a white and a sparkly gel pen.

Below is an image of me trying to take a photo of the sparkle, Can’t see it? No me neither phfftt. Obviously my photographic skill are not good enough for the job.

sparkly daisy card
Sparkly daisy card

It’s our anniversary in august so I like to make himself something a little romantical. I went with love birds and drew lots of scrappy little birds in the sketchbook. These are the best of the bunch.

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Birb sketches

I picked the two second from the bottom and added some cherry blossoms to give them more of a branch to sit on.

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Love birds in the cherry blossom.

Thirty seven years, crikey! Seems like yesterday. Doesn’t time fly when your having fun.

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

Drawing Lots Of Poppy Pods

Hi there, how are you?

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Watercolour poppy pod

The poppies have finished flowering now and all that’s left are the pods. Luckily I really like the pods and started to draw them.

I’ve been a little bored with myself lately, everything is very samey, so I set about finding lots of different drawing and painting media to see if I can push myself to make something different.

The poppy above is the last thing painted. It’s watercolour (the Mungyo paints from last week) some of the paints are pastels and opaque, it’s the colour the pods turn just before they dry and turn brown. So far this is the favourite.

I’ve had water-soluble graphite pencils for ages and never really used them. I drew them out as I would with a regular pencil then ran a paint brush over the top to dissolve the graphite.

I love the result! I should definitely use these pencils more often.

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Poppy pod drawn with water soluble graphite

Ink brush pens are always fun to use. I don’t really have the right colours for these pods; placing the green over the top of a grey gives a lovely effect. More experimentation needed.

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Poppy pod drawn with ink brush pens

Negative painting. It’s not really a win but it is quite striking. I tried this on a few paintings but I really need to find some cotton paper for this technique.

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Poppy pod, negative painting

Not all of the poppy pod drawings were successful, there are many treble drawings and paintings and I think the failures taught me as much as the successes.

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