botanical illustration

100 Days of British Flora and Fauna - Day 18

Here’s the painting from last weeks easter weekend. It wouldn’t be Easter Sunday without a wee fat bunny.
I wondered what rabbits had to do with Easter and it turns out they are celebrated around this time of year since before the 13th century in pre Christian Europe. Eostra, the goddess of spring and fertility was one of the deities celebrated and her symbol is a rabbit 🐇. As for the rabbits hiding eggs that’s still a mystery to me?🤔

100 Days of British Flora and Fauna - Day 14, 15 & 16

It’s catch up time! I spent some minutes this morning catching up on my #100daysofbritishfloraandfauna so here’s 3 days worth of doodles! Sticking with my favourite themes of Botany and birds today. All are vaguely accurate in botanic or biological ways apart from the thistle because I got confused to what type I was painting. There are so many that look similar but are technically different so no fancy Latin name for that one! I’m happy with it just being purple and spiky!

100 Days of British Flora and Fauna - Day 13

A quick and messy red clover sketch after a day at the beach. I didn’t know until I was looking for drawing reference photos that you can eat red clovers! I might have to have a nibble the next time I see them in the woods

100 Days of British Flora and Fauna - Day 10 & 11

fungi sketches for day 10 and 11 of #100daysofbritishfloraandfauna . I think i need to spend time with some hot press watercolour paper painting some very detailed mushrooms. They have so many details once you start looking closely that don’t translate well to a sketchbook situation. Also my lesson of the day is to avoid all red fungi even if they do look cool! Anything that involves the word emetica in its name probs deserves a wide berth! Also I found that green branch on my run today, I just need to work out what it is before I draw it. Makes a good photo prop for now

100 Days of British Flora and Fauna - Day 7

A quick scribble to complete today’s #100daysofbritishfloraandfauna. I drew some hellebores, hawkweed and coltsfoot for today’s sketch but they are far from botanically correct. I was too busy having fun with pencils, crayons and paint to think about the precise details.

100 days of British Flora and Fauna - Day 3

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.