Apricot Twist, 4 June 2013

Another beautiful day and another opportunity to spend a little time sketching in the garden. This sketch was painted in acrylics on watercolour paper. It is a little smaller than A5 in size, and took around an hour to complete. I’ve depicted a plant bought recently at Trebah Garden in Cornwall, a beautiful Erysimum ‘Apricot…

Contorted Willow, 2 June 2013

Another sunny day and another chance to get in the garden with the old sketch pad. The Contorted willow depicted in this sketch was bought recently at a plant hunters fair at Norton Priory. It has beautiful curved leaves that gracefully twist and weave. I drew it here in pen on A5-ish paper.

Osteospermum ecklonis, 1 June 2013

A sunny day and a sunny flower. Today’s sketch is a coloured pencil drawing on pastel paper of an Osteospermum ecklonis. I was particularly drawn to this flower by its lovely yellow petals.

Pincushion Daisy, 29 May 2013

I painted this today for the Gardening for Disabled Trust silent auction. The deadline for submissions of artwork is this Saturday, so I’ve left it rather late. I hope it arrives in time. The trust provides grants that help disabled people in the UK to continue gardening. The silent auction offers 200-plus postcard-sized pieces of…

Red Tulip #1

The weather forecast for the next few days doesn’t look too clever according to the BBC, so I thought I ought to make the most of the sun today and get into the garden with my paints. I’m not as comfortable painting out-of-doors as I am inside; I can feel a little nervous, as a…