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Learning to be a botanical artist

A Drawing A Day – Week 43

Wordless Wednesday…….

294 Bizzy Lizzy leaf design

294 Bizzy Lizzy leaf design

295 New Red Leaf

295 New Red Leaf

296 Cabbage

296 Cabbage

297 Women Felting

297 Women Felting

298 Man

298 Man

299 Dogwood Leaf

299 Dogwood Leaf

300 Late Night Legs

300 Late Night Legs

 

A Drawing A Day – Week 42

I cracked out the serious charcoal this week! What fun, I had forgotten; I have been fiddling around with charcoal wrapped in a pencil – ha, that’s for wimps.  I now have a box of willow charcoal which comes in virtually weightless slender twiglet shaped pieces of blackness.  Thanks to Ed (my life drawing teacher) who got us to use tone this week I have felt very ‘artistic’ and getting very dirty.

287 Can't be bothered pine cone

287 Can’t be bothered pine cone

288 Wonky box

288 Wonky box

289 Orange thingie

289 Orange thingie

290 Unknown shrub leaf

290 Unknown shrub leaf

291 Watching Sunday TV

291 Watching Sunday TV

292 Legs Study

292 Legs Study

293 Old school selfie

293 Old school selfie

A Drawing A Day – Week 41

A full on family week has not left much time or energy for drawing or writing.

280 Sweet Chestnut

280 Sweet Chestnut

281 Coffee Table

281 Coffee Table (late night because I forgot!)

282 Cauliflower

282 Cauliflower (we ate the cauliflower and this is what was heading to the compost)

283 Skimmia

283 Skimmia

284 Baby

284 Baby

285 Life Drawing

285 Life Drawing

286 Active Cat

286 Active cat who would not sit still for even 10 seconds.

A Drawing A Day – Week 40

Mabel the Tawny Owl

Mabel the Tawny Owl

There was much interest last week in Mabel, so I have cropped the photo and put the enlargement in this week.  She is about 12 inches tall I guess and this is her regular daytime roost.

Things must be settling down as I am finding more time for drawing which is good, I am also finding that I would like to do more time intensive stuff – maybe larger drawings or more detailed or pictures that take more than a couple of hours to complete.  But it will have to wait…..

273 Corky skin of pumpkin

273 Corky skin of pumpkin

274 Bizzy Lizzy

274 Bizzy Lizzy

275 A type of sorrel

275 A type of sorrel

276 Evergreen leaf

276 Evergreen leaf

277 Yet another Pansy

277 Yet another Pansy

278 Skimmia

278 Skimmia

279 Autumn Leaf

279 Autumn Leaf

A Drawing A Day – Week 39

In our old place when we walked we became accustomed to Buzzards shrieking overhead and looked forward to seeing ‘our’ Buzzard who sometimes came very close.  Now we have moved into town we have a new bird friend to enjoy.

Tawny Owl in Christchurch Park

Mabel in Christchurch Park

Meet Mabel the resident Tawny Owl who lives in this tree, she can be spotted most mornings looking down on us all as we go about our business.  The grass where everyone stops to look has worn away and she is a local celebrity.  I believe she has reared chicks for the past two years.

This weeks offerings:

266 Rosehips

266 Rose hips

267 Purple pansy

267 Purple pansy

268 Plum

268 Plum

269 Apple

269 Apple

270 Virginia creeper leaf (unfinished)

270 Virginia creeper leaf (unfinished)

271 Woman standing

271 Woman standing

272 Sycamore seed

272 Sycamore seed

A Drawing A Day – Week 38

Finally this week all our possessions have been gathered together again under one roof so to speak.  With the collection of the hand cart (don’t ask!) from its temporary resting place we can now see the full size of our stuff problem.  It is not as bad as I thought and over time the stuff will be tamed and cut down in size.

Well my colour mojo is back, now that my table is set up and my coloured pencils are out I have no excuses.  My coloured pencil skills have become a little rusty but it is such fun to be in colour again.

259 Acorn

259 Acorn

260 Oak Leaf

260 Oak Leaf

261 Pansy 1

261 Pansy 1

262 Pansy 2

262 Pansy 2

263 Pansy 3

263 Pansy 3

264 Spindle berries

264 Spindle berries

265 Hawthorn berries

265 Hawthorn berries

A Drawing A Day – Week 37

Another skimpy post this week…………………. I am at a loss to where my days go, and so quickly too.

252 Washing line and water butt

252 Washing line and water butt

253 Cyclamen 1

253 Cyclamen 1

254 Cyclamen 2

254 Cyclamen 2

255 Cyclamen 3

255 Cyclamen 3

256 Cyclamen 4

256 Cyclamen 4

257 Cyclamen 5

257 Cyclamen 5

258 Cyclamen Leaf

258 Cyclamen Leaf