Category Archives: botany

Can’t see the wood

A break from Cordoba with some recent tree sketches, rural and urban. The first two are of an old mossy oak in a wood of mostly Scots Pine, done a couple of months apart. Then a tree in Queen’s Square in … Continue reading

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One bad apple

Another go at mostly painting, just using pencil lines for the overall shape and some pens for the lettering on the sticker. I usually add water-colour at the end of a sketch, after establishing line and shade with ink. Here it … Continue reading

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Honeysuckles

Several attempts to sketch highly fragrant Honeysuckle from the last two years. I enjoyed working out the refractive effects of water and glass as much as drawing the very fiddly flowers… Brown/blue/green Pigma pens, fountain pens with Carbon and Lexington grey ink, water brush … Continue reading

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Snails

White Gelly Roll pen, Lexington grey fountain pen and water-brush,watercolour, A6 – 30 minutes Heavy day-time rain drew the garden snails out, so I collected a few and sketched them as they moved across a table. For a creature that’s proverbially slow  (1 … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung

Pencil, Lexington grey water-brush and fountain pen, watercolour, white Gelly Roll pen, blue Uni Posca brush pen,  A5 – various times A double page spread from last weekend, when the weather was fine, the clocks went forward and everyone was out … Continue reading

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Hyacinth’s decline

Bamboo dip-pen pen with dilute Lexington grey ink, water-brush with acrylic ink, A4 – two hours This is probably the last drawing there’ll be of the hyacinth that I’ve been documenting since Christmas. Although the leaves have now collapsed under their own weight and … Continue reading

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Moving picture

Bamboo dip pen and water-brush with dilute Lexington grey ink, watercolour, A5  – 20 minutes per stage More evidence of Jim’s cleverness. He’s combined scans showing three stages of a sketch into one animated Gif image, creating a clear way to see the … Continue reading

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Hyacinth revisitted

Bamboo dip-pen pen and water-brush, dilute Lexington grey ink, watercolour, A4 – 20 minutes each Once the hyacinth that I drew a few weeks ago was in full bloom the fragrance/smell became too much, so it went outside. It survived the recent … Continue reading

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Hyacinth bulb flowering

I was given a Hyacinth bulb, potted in a tiny bucket with moss, before Christmas (thanks Daisy!) and started sketching it. I eventually captured two weeks growth in four pictures, a very primitive time-lapse sequence. In the last sketch the flowers … Continue reading

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3 lemons, 2 bowls and a bug

A slightly tired lemon from the fridge, with some zest sliced off for a cake. Note the tiny red bug accidentally squashed between the pages. Blue and brown Pigma pens, water-brush with Lexington grey water-brush, watercolour, A6 – 20 minutes … Continue reading

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