Looking at blooms

Try sketching flowers and you really appreciate the mastery of botanical illustrators. To employ the watercolour techniques that help to convey the subtle colour transitions a good watercolour paper is preferable to this sketchbook paper. In any case, it’s always enjoyable to study a bloom up close.

Sketch now, but think a bit first

Mike Yoshiaki Daikubara’s book is titled “Sketch Now, Think Later” but I forgot to heed one of his directives: “sketch what’s of interest first.” The thing that originally caught my eye was the decorative windmill, but it’s a bit lost here. No worries, a lesson learned for next time, and it was a lovely afternoon to sit and sketch for a short while.

Odd Bird

No, this is not a bad drawing of a bird. It is actually a fairly good representation of an unfinished wood sculpture of a bird (maybe an eagle) that we rescued from a “to be burned” pile. It is now installed in our garden, supervising the emerging spring bulbs.

Along the 401

Sketching in the car can pass the time on a long drive, or when traffic is at a standstill.

I spotted a red wing blackbird from the car, but needed to find a reference online to get the shape right for this pose on a stem.

When traffic came to a standstill, I had just enough time to quickly catch a sense of the congestion.

Discount Bouquet

I picked up a bunch of flowers for half price and much to my delight there was a stem of lilium in the centre with unopened buds. With a bit of encouragement 4 of the 5 opened up into the most glorious yellow blooms. Conveying the volume of flowers is a challenge… just need to keep at it.