Tuesday, August 25, 2015


When I was working towards my diploma with the Society of Botanical Artists, on one of the assignments I was asked to paint a study of mixed leaves. 
It really made me look at the leaves properly. Sometimes it is easy to rush into painting the rich colours of flowers and forgetting the fact that the leaves are just as important. I often paint more leaves than flowers now. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Flowers at Tatton Park

Some photo's of the mixed flowers at Tatton Park Gardens. The display of flowers was very impressive. The gardens are a real delight to walk around. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lilium 'Harmony'

Raindrops on flowers are particularly difficult to paint, but I like a challenge and this painting certainly was one. 
The watercolour and gouache painting is based on photographs I took in the pouring rain. There really was no time to do some sketching as it was really wet.
The Lily genus is made up of a large and diverse group of hardy bulbous plants, with about 80 species and numerous hybrids. 
'Harmony' is a mid-century hybrid with wide broad pale tangerine petals and dark spots.The flowers are very flamboyant and particularly beautiful covered in raindrops.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Robin at Overbecks

This is my new watercolour and gouache painting titled 'Robin at Overbecks'. It was painted from photographs Mike my husband took at Overbecks National Trust.
It was a wonderful visit, a hot and sunny day. Overbecks House was very interesting and the gardens were a delight full of flowers. 
It was fun to paint the coastline in the distance, I almost enjoyed painting the background more than the Robin, I do like tangled undergrowth.