On a blustery day, in a pocket of sunshine, I nip out into the garden to collect things blown in for drawing in the warm.
But on my way back, I spot a tiny snail on tidying-up duty, working through strawberry leaves in troughs that will host Spring flowers. So I crouch and draw outdoors, sheltered from the wind.
Wondering if there are more discoveries where that came from, I find the valiant little squash, still there in November. Pushing my luck, I draw it until fingers freeze and sleet arrives. I note in my head what’s still to draw and skitter back to the kitchen to add the little hairs to stems and flowers.
So back to the original plan: the leaves, three shapes, three colours, drawn while still fresh from the garden. I notice something I’ve never really thought about before – that the end of each leaf has a little collar, like the stopper on a stick brooch. Looking is always worth the time.
Ballpen, watercolour and fineliner.
New in my Teemill shop, my Holly berries, ivy flowers collection, sketched from seasonal treasures. Printed to order on organic cotton garments and delivered in plastic-free packaging.