First out

Assuming that there will be little in the garden to draw, I plan a small harvest to sketch indoors – there are herbs, three-cornered leeks and a few chard leaves.

But the garden has other ideas...

In the last of the day's light I spot the first snowdrop out, then fresh buds on the hydrangea.

Snowdrops are curious things to draw because their colour is never as I expect. There's a wash of green on the flower and the almost-grey green of leaf and stem has a lot of blue in it. The greens are set off by the purple-black of the soil.

The hydrangea buds alternate, some smooth green, some striped with an engineered bronze leaf vein. Their backdrop is a dark carpet of fallen leaves, green and brown merging gently with the earth. A quick sketch, this, racing the dusk.

New year newcomers – a welcome sight on the first day of 2023.

Ballpen, watercolour, fineliner on scraps of paper.

Sketches from this project are available as greeting cards and prints, here on Etsy.

On my Teemill shop, sketches on t-shirts and tote bags.