Category Archives: garden

Strangeness abounding

3 more sketches from the wonderful and mysterious gardens of the Quinta Da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal. Looking up from the bottom of the 27 metre deep “Initiation Well” or “Initiatic Well”. It has a secret entrance at the top and … Continue reading

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Afternoon shade

Another one from Portugal using gouache and inks on tinted paper. Sketched while sat in the shade of a spreading oak tree on one of the terraces in the fabulously strange and beautiful gardens of the Quinta Da Regaleira in Sintra. … Continue reading

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Headlines

Revisiting cross-hatching by drawing a concrete dragon’s head at the bottom of the garden. I’m learning to keep the initial guidelines fairly fine, unlike in the Skansen picture, so they don’t unbalance the overall effect. I’m also starting to understand … Continue reading

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Barefootin’

Barefootin’ in the garden, so Spring must have arrived. While I sketched my feet resting on a stool, Sally sketched me sketching my feet (below). Late afternoon sun was coming from the right, and reflecting softly off a wall on … Continue reading

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Blossom

A sprig of blackthorn blossom sketched last year. Blackthorn has vicious thorns, but produces sloes for ginning. Spring is just around the corner… Fountain pen with carbon ink, watercolour, A6

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Dead toad

I found this toad belly up in the garden last Summer, and returned to sketch it several times it over a few weeks. The colours changed, the body grew, then shrank, and the arms moved. Looks like he/she’s playing air … Continue reading

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