Leafy Clementines in a Plastic Punnet

I’ve been researching aspects of the working methods of C├ęzanne and Renoir recently, in preparation for two of my art workshops. A plastic punnet of leafy clementines caught my eye in the kitchen yesterday (planted there for this reason by my wife as it turns out) and I thought it a good subject with which…

Chinese Lantern #2

I’ve made a few studies of Chinese Lantern plants before today. I find the delicacy and colour of the husks quite beautiful. An earlier post – Chinese Lanterns #1 – included a study of husks in coloured pencil. Around this time last year I made a painting in oils on canvas, Chinese Lantern on Blue….

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…

An Orange and a Banana…

By means of a break from drawing daffodils I thought I’d do a bit of fruit today: an orange and a banana. This sketch was painted in acrylics, which (as in a post from a couple of days ago – ‘Daffodil #2’) I had been using to try to finish a difficult portrait. Today’s sketch…

Still Life: Fruit #1

Today’s drawing is a still life in pen on cartridge paper. The small grouping of still life objects was kindly set up by my partner Judith and includes an orange, kiwi, apple and some chinese lanterns. I’ve depicted them using a cross-hatching technique that I use for most of my pen and pencil drawings. The…