My first snowdrops are out in the back sheltered garden and it gave me the last day of January to sketch them into my handmade garden flower sketchbook I am trying to use monthly.
To save the size of file I have split the double spread into left and right pages so they can be enlarged.
Originally I put pale blue behind the white snowdrop shapes, but it made them look too tall against a clear sky. So I decided to create the colours of the dried leaves and mud in the flower bed instead. Bit 'muddy' (appropriate!) on adding the warm colours over the blue first wash. Anyway I think it gives the effect I was after. Finally I added more penwork to define the flower shapes.
David, the owner of the Swallowertail Gallery in the village , gave me a squirrel and synthetic size 6 brush to try out and report back. It kept a lovely sharp point and held a lot of paint and was very smooth to use. Brushes with only squirrel hair have always been too floppy for me to use, but this is a treat and very reasonable at £3.75.
Ooops! forgot to show you my lovely little forsythia tree in full bloom - and its going to snow from today for the next few days, so they say. Hope it copes with the cold. We have such mixed weather from day to day in England.