In my urban garden, faded has its own grandeur. Once vivid, the roses are blooming in soft pastels edged with cherry pink, some round like little peonies, others presenting their petals to the garden. The jasmine’s sharp green leaves have only now taken on tones of russet, their rolls and … Read More
I’ve been trying to draw it all week – a tiny toadstool in the improvised grow-bag that was home to the courgettes and now, with no intervention from me, hollyhocks. Studio work has come first but today, its neighbour nibbled, I’ve grabbed the last of the daylight and crouched down to … Read More
Reliable Spring visitors, these yellow flowers were so vivid that I dashed in from my chilly perch to grab a highlighter. But as I drew, I noticed another colour – the pale grey-green of seeweedy lichen. Biro, watercolour, highlighter on waste paper.
Like fairy dresses, flowers rescued from a solid-frozen flower bed. There’s so much movement in these petals – it’s all about the shape. I gathered these with a couple of snowdrops and some forsythia buds, a tiny indoor posy in a Nancy Main single stem vase. Biro, watercolour, fineliner on waste … Read More
Snowdrops and salad… a present, snowdrop bulbs (Thank you, Heather!), in my Columbia carrier grow bag – a flower market carrier in its former life. The little pops of leaf between are corn salad. I improvised this planter in the 2020 season, for courgettes. It gave them a fine home, sheltered … Read More