Tuesday, July 19, 2016


My garden is awash with colour at the moment, mainly purples and yellows, so I just had to get out my pencils and do some drawing!

These pretty daisy like flowers make me smile when I see them next to the glorious purple hydrangeas.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Starting a Nature Journal, with Jan Blencowe...

Don't miss this excellent post from Jan Blencowe!  So many good idead here...


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Yellowstone Sketches

I've recently returned from a long stay in Yellowstone.  I had lots of time to sketch, although I will admit I sketched this from my laptop right after I took a photo.  At the time getting the photos seemed more important than sketching.  The rest of the sketches here are done right in the field.  If you want to see more, be sure and go to my blog:
There is a little chipmunk in this one ....
Bison are one of my favorite animals to sketch.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


I've recently made a sketchbook incorporating some hand-made paper samples attached to old Michelin maps with the intention of trying out different media on different surfaces.
This first sketch of a tree bent by the wind is on a very rough, gelatine sized watercolour paper and I loved the way my parallel pen skipped over the bumps and then washed out to make the shadows. 

This second sketch is on an absorbent pastel paper with only a slight tooth and the effect is quite different with the ink soaking straight into the surface causing lovely blooms which perfectly describe the pine leaves.  It wouldn't wash out with water at all as the pigment had already been absorbed.  I really enjoyed this experiment and now I'm looking around for other combinations to try!

Thursday, June 2, 2016


I have a wonderful display of different coloured rhododendrons in my garden at the moment and couldn't resist trying to capture them in coloured pencil.  The blooms don't last very long especially when we get such wet and windy weather as we are now at the beginning of summer!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Rose on old paper

Angela Maria Russo - Rose - watercolour on old paper

Nobody knows this little Rose

Nobody knows this little Rose -
It might a pilgrim be
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.
Only a Bee will miss it -
Only a Butterfly,
Hastening from far journey
- On it's breast to lie -
Only a Bird will wonder -
Only a Breeze will sigh -
Ah Little Rose - how easy
For such as thee to die.
  (Emily Dickinson - 1858, Poems)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Field of Daisies - Lin Frye

Journal - Field of Daisies --- I really love when the daisies fill the fields ....

Lin Frye, North Carolina