Art courses, Live streams, News, News 2021

New online course dates

The weather is getting a bit warmer over here and the birds in the garden haven't failed to notice. The dawn chorus is starting to wake me up in the morning (in the most delightful way). The various birds currently inhabiting our back garden have also taken to extensive bathing all of a sudden. The… Continue reading New online course dates

News 2020, Shopping

Unexpected design in the shopping area

Good sunny afternoon! If you read my blog, you all know that I love watching the antics of the birds in my garden. You probably also know that I love working wet-on-wet with watercolours. You might even have noticed that I am in love with a Daniel Smith colour called Moonglow. You might not know… Continue reading Unexpected design in the shopping area

Plant of the month

Plant of the month: Ivy – September 2020

Order: Apiales Family: Araliaceae Genus: Hedera Type: Climber Propagation: Seed or cuttings Native to: Europe, Africa and Asia I expect some of you are thinking "Why on Earth would you have Ivy as Plant of The Month, when most people spend a considerable part of their gardening life trying to get rid of it?" Well, actually,… Continue reading Plant of the month: Ivy – September 2020

Art Challenges, Art Tutorials, Drawing, Top Tips

Drawing Garden Roses 1: flat single rose (Rose Drawing Challenge 2020 Part 2)

First I want to thank my Patreon subscribers for sending me their drawings for the challenge. I hope that many of you my blog readers have been drawing too... I was going to publish my own three drawings in a single post/video, but the video ended up being almost one hour long... The last time… Continue reading Drawing Garden Roses 1: flat single rose (Rose Drawing Challenge 2020 Part 2)

Plant of the month

Plant of the month: Winter Honeysuckle – February 2020

Order: Dipsacales Family: Caprifoliaceae Genus: Lonicera Species: L. fragrantissima Type: Deciduous shrub Propagation: Seed, greenwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn Native to: China This plant of the month is not particularly spectacular, nor is it colourful or unusual. But as I lay convalescing from surgery on my feet (both at the same time, that's pretty… Continue reading Plant of the month: Winter Honeysuckle – February 2020