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Pumpkins & Callicarpa

Bit of a quickie this week…………

Started the week having a go at some pumpkins, they are satisfying to sketch with their lovely round forms.

Pencil Sketch of Pumpkin

 

Pencil Sketch of Pumpkin

Then my eye was caught by a Callicarpa growing in the garden, it catches my eye and my attention every year because of the glorious colour of the berries, its common name is ‘beauty berry’ and I understand why.

Callicarpa

I decided to make this the subject of my next coloured pencil drawing….. a great excuse to use the purples that have been lurking around unused since I tried a Cerinthe back in the spring.  Lush!

Callicarpa coloured pencil drawing

 

A close up of how it is progressing.

Callicarpa coloured pencil drawing

 

 

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Botanical Artist – yer ‘avin a larf!

Since last week’s instalment my time for Botanical Art has been used up as follows:

  • Saturday – teaching (see Pink Sky Cycling), domestic duties (shopping) blah blah, and the start of an addiction to Breaking Bad.
  • Sunday – cycle ride to Hadleigh (30 miles round trip) and continuation of Breaking Bad.
  • Monday – a  Bank Holiday, a stream of visitors plus a little time at the drawing board.  Evening lost to Breaking Bad.
  • Tuesday – teaching all day followed by evening class.
  • Wednesday – trip to town to run errands (12 miles round trip on bike), visit to a friend, arm twisted by dear husband to keep him company at the dump (he has been having a clear out). In the evening I squeezed in 20 minutes at drawing board after the ironing and before a planning meeting with our Felting Group.
  • Thursday – my so called ‘art’ day started with another trip to town to collect gift of chair from friend.  I did spend the afternoon at drawing board but the lure of Breaking Bad was strong and the evening disappeared.
  • Friday – trip to Felixstowe to be present as representative of Pink Sky Cycling at the start of Stage 3 of the Womens Tour.  Weekend looming so domestics took over the afternoon and Breaking Bad called…..
  • Saturday – and back again to Saturday, teaching, domestics etc etc ……. Breaking Bad…..
  • Sunday – trip to London to see the Society of Botanical Artists 2014 exhibition.

The moral of the tale is……..don’t get sucked into an addictive TV show, especially one that ran for five series and we are still only on the second series…………..

Well I did get some drawing done, and I had another bash at the marigold, a scribbly fast session, I find I have developed a real liking for the marigold, it has an interesting way of growing and I will revisit it later in the year because it has good seed heads too.

Pencil Marigolds

Scribbly marigolds

The new plant that called to me this week, and which has been a favourite of mine for several years is the Cerinthe.  Wonderful, electric blue/purple colour and, even better, not many petals.

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Did not have much time (see list above) so not much done, but found the colour work on this plant was very interesting – what colours!

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