Basil never seems very happy in our garden so we’re going to see if this African Blue variety does any better. Pencil and watercolour isn’t normally my thing but I’m currently reading Agathe Ravet-Haevermans’ Drawing Nature, so I’m giving her favourite media a try. She works as a botanical draughtsman at the National Museum of Natural History […]
Feeling light-headed, deflated and lost?Yes, life is a gas, but it comes at a cost. The party is over – seven years old!Time for you to drift off through fields studded with gold.
I’m aware that I get set in my ways so Felix Scheinberger’s Urban Watercolour Sketching made perfect holiday reading when we were in the Dales a few weeks ago. It’s a short refresher course in watercolour, one that I’ll dip into again. This is an illustrator’s approach and the examples are almost exclusively pen and ink and watercolour rather […]
The sourdough from the Flour Station kept us in bread for a week and it’s inspired me to get back to breadmaking so I made this farmhouse loaf today, using a multi-grain flour along with the strong white and strong brown. I drew it with a .25 Rotring Rapidoliner then added the bolder lines with […]
I’ve been reading so much recently that I’ve slipped a bit on drawing. Three of the books were about drawing so I ought to have all the inspiration that I need by now. This section of my book shelf includes my current reading such as library books and Dummies Guides to various computer programs. There are […]
I spotted this fragment of clay pipe when I went out at sunset to see if I could catch the slug that’s been eating our French bean seedlings. In thirty years of digging I find it surprising that this is the first time I’ve spotted it. I’ve found pipe fragments before but never anything as elegantly decorated as […]
2.30 p.m.; Common blue damselflies are mating down by the pond, the blue male clasping the olive female. She rests on the water surface as she carefully lays an egg on a submerged leaf of pondweed then the pair move on to lay the next. There are smooth newts lurking below. One grabs a female and swallows her head […]
3.45 a.m.; It’s too early for the dawn chorus proper but a song thrush is making up for it with a spirited and varied solo. At first when I hear the disjointed snatches of song I wonder what the commotion is and I think that I pick up the brief ‘ki-wick, ki-wick, ki-wick!’ of a tawny […]