Wednesday, August 05, 2009


This lunchtime I did something different: I took some bits of scrap paper and a biro and went into the gardens. I found a bench in a quiet corner where I was undisturbed for 45 minutes. I went there yesterday too and though it had been raining, the bench was dry: bonus.

There were lots of different things to draw - plants, flowers, trees, leaves, insects, buildings. It was a bit of information overload, so I settled for drawing some leaves near my bench.

As I cross-hatched away, I heard some squawking and looked up: a hundred Black-headed Gulls were overhead, going after a hatch of flying ants.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Garden birds

I had a go at drawing birds this morning. It's so difficult. Just when I try to get the shapes right, they change!

Dunnock preening on the garden fence. A common garden bird present all year-round. Grey, brown and rather unassuming

A young Whitethroat, a warbler that will make its first attempt at crossing the Sahara in a few weeks time... It was feeding up on bugs attracted to the honeysuckle flowers and the sticky, red berries on the bush

Some people say that drawing birds' feet is the hardest bit. That's not my experience. It's the rest of them that's difficult.

Monday, July 06, 2009


These youngsters were perching on the garden fence this evening

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Apple and apple

Just got my hands on a new computer and a combined printer/scanner/copier, which should make things easier. I started drawing this apple for fun last week, but I've been adding layer upon layer each evening. Very therapeutic. Probably time to stop now, though.

Saturday, June 28, 2008


These are shears which belonged to my great-grandmother, Beatrice Coggrave (or possibly her mother, Elizabeth Easton). She used them for dressmaking; I borrowed them from my mum to trim my pond liner!

They're large and quite heavy and one of our few family heirlooms.

This can be everydaymatters challenge #32: Draw something metallic

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Broad-bodied Chaser

I went into the gardens at work today armed with a little sketchbook instead of a camera. It's a hard habit to break. I found a quiet corner and tried to draw some plants but didn't come up with much that I was that happy with.

On my walk back to my desk, I spotted this male Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly perching in a flowerbed. Because it was cloudy, he sat still for a couple of minutes. I'm reasonably pleased with the above. It was difficult not to panic when trying to work quickly!

Monday, May 05, 2008

King Vulture

King Vulture, c2000, gouache

Another one, from a photo, that never got finished.