I needed a little colour after a day of greys
Found a little painting time today
Aaand that’ll do it I think. Tulip ‘Eternal Flame’.
Just heard that this will be hung in the Shirley Sherwood gallery at Kew this summer - over the moon!
Think I’m done, popping it in a drawer for a bit to look at later 🙂🙃🙂
Progress to date - it’s getting hard not to be bogged down in dry brush work and concentrate on tone and washes - but it’s coming along nevertheless!
Today’s progress, grim weather helps!
Very small progress on this tulip, finding it tricky to focus with so much house stuff still on the go
Done! Will check in a few weeks with a fresh eye, but stopping faffing now :)
Today’s wee bit of progress, and a test for the camera on my new phone!
So much covered in seven days!
I spent last week at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford on a course with the immensely generous artist, author and teacher Sarah Simblet - entitled botanical drawing, but covering plant science, mark making, history of drawing, a visit to the original Flora Graeca paintings, notes and sketchbooks by Ferdinand Bauer, drawing outdoors in the botanic gardens and Christchurch Meadows, composition, sketchbook making, and as a bonus from one of the assistants, Psalm, an introduction to metalpoint (which has intrigued me for a good while, but seemed intimidating and borderline close to alchemy and turned out to be painless!).
We were also granted access to a lot of Sarah’s original work to study, from her student sketchbooks to the framed plates from ‘The New Sylva’. Absolutely enthralling course, and Oxford is such a beautiful city to visit (even if half of it is hidden away in private colleges).
Weird yellow stuff in top drawing is tea ink - tannin stains!
I’ve been struggling a bit recently to keep the freshness of the plant and my first impressions of it clear throughout an entire painting - and think this course has helped me sort some stuff out - and it was tremendous fun!
Everything in, a wee bit of contrast pushing and sharpening up now, then onto the next!
A slightly better photo of the narcissi, the light is so changeable at the moment!