Today’s painting is some Wood Violets. They are also known as Common Dog Violets and are common in woodlands especially around this time of year. I find purple tones difficult to paint with but these little floral gems are hard to resist painting.
Today I’m back to painting some flora. As much as I’m using the 100 day project to develop my animal drawing skills, I’m also using it to have a chance to draw more plants. Below is are some primrose also know as Primula vulgaris. They are just started to emerge from the ground as the temperature warms here. They are the lemony yellow ancestors to all the brightly coloured ones you see in gardens these days.
Day 2 of my 100 day project has me painting butterflies. I decided to paint a peacock butterfly. When researching these creatures I learnt that they are supposedly quite uncommon in Scotland. I say supposedly because I saw one in my garden a few days ago and i happen to be situated just about in the middle of Scotland!
This March I participated in the #marchmeetthemaker challenge on instagram. It’s a great instagram challenge encouraging makers and small business owners to share lots of different aspects of their story with their audience. Created by Joanne Hawker this challenge give you a different prompt everyday to create an image on instagram. Although I struggled a little to post every single day it still gave more a push to create some great images for my instagram and find some great creatives to follow. It’s also a gave me a good chance to reflect on my creative practice and business.
Here’s a roundup of my favourite prompts of the month.
Finally a prompt about ‘design process’. Ive got lots of different ways I make/draw things but generally they start with a quick pencil thumb nail. They are simple little drawings that get all my thoughts on paper. Click on the above image to see all the stages of this gardening illustration. Then I’ll quickly flesh out the thumbnail a little larger to use as a guide. I also practice the bits i find tricky drawing at this stage in my sketchbook.
The next stage is to start working on the final piece either on paper with paint or digitally. This garden image was created in procreate with my ipad. Then the image is done ready to be made into prints, patterns and lots of other fun things!
It’s come to that time of year where I always start to think about the future. Which makes it a great time for creating calendars. This year I’ve focused on using my painting skills to depict the nature that surrounds me, using watercolour to capture the vibrancy and character of British hedgerow birds. I’ve painted a collection of my favourites including the bullfinch, the goldfinch, the robin, and whole array of other pretty little birds and British wildflowers.Read More
I always find reading about other illustrators and artists creative processes really interesting. I like to see the building blocks that are needed to create a final image. I thought I’d share one of my own to show you the different stages to a floral painting.Read More