Foraging for colours

Chilly in the garden, spotting rosehips I gather some in and go foraging for more warm Autumn colours for kitchen drawing.

The rosehips, red from a distance, have a subtle blend of reds, brick and brown, layers of colour needed, especially on this waste paper, coated for print.

At first glance brown and picked up for their sculptural shapes, there’s purple and blue in these little leaves at the end of the garden, left for creatures and next season’s growth.

A trio of leaves picked up too, of assorted colours – lime and grey-green, rich warm reds and purples and a soft amber with a blue bloom underneath.

Drawing gives me the luxury of pausing with plants and finding things in them that I wouldn’t spot in passing. Here’s to time spent just looking.

Ballpen, watercolour and fineliner on waste paper.

I’ve been illustrating some bigger habitats for 26 Habitats, a project by writers’ organisation 26 with The Wildlife Trusts, now on to its second part, 26 Pledges. There's a Q&A on my work here.

New in my Teemill shop, seed sketches printed to order on cosy long-sleeved garments and delivered in plastic-free packaging.