There is something quite magical and romantic about a dip pen with a beautifully marbled handle and a gorgeous nib. The feel you have as you dip the pen and make a mark on the paper with the liquid ink cannot be matched by a felt tip pen. For this ginkgo leaf I have chosen… Continue reading Ginkgo leaf part 2: Ink
I have been painting a lot of Ginkgo biloba leaves, some from my own tree in the garden, others from the beautiful pair of trees outside the orangery in West Dean Gardens. There is something fascinating about a prehistoric tree. You can just imagine it surrounded by Diplodocus and Stegosaurus in the fading Jurassic light,… Continue reading Ginkgo leaf part 1: drawing
Order: Asparagales Family: Asparagaceae Subfamily: Scilloideae Genus: Muscari Common Name: Grape Hyacinth Type: Perennial bulb Soil: Chalk, clay, sand, loam Ph: Acid, alkaline, neutral Aspect: Full sun / partial shade Propagation: Seed of bulb division Native to: Central and… Continue reading Plant of the month – April 2018 – Muscari
The Artists & Illustrators Magazine May issue is out! I have another article in there, and this time it's not about botanical art: it's called "The Ethical Artist" and it's about looking at where our art materials come from and what they are made off. I did quite a bit of research and got in… Continue reading The Ethical Artist – New article in Artists & Illustrators Magazine
If like me you do a lot of erasing before you can be happy with a drawing, then drawing straight on watercolour paper is not really an option. Because botanical painting is cut to white, any trace of erasing, smudging, or marking on the paper will stand out and completely ruin the feeling of freshness… Continue reading How to transfer a drawing
I often get questions that start with “This is a stupid question but…” or “This may sound stupid…” Stupid questions are the essential ones; the questions people are worried about asking because they think everyone else knows the answer. But they don’t! And they really wish they did, so don’t be afraid to ask… Our… Continue reading Which is the best eraser?