Monday, 20 September 2010


Had my first Coltishall Ladies afternoon Group meeting last Thursday and Maggie chose some of the conkers, acorns and rose hips I had collected from the lane to paint in watercolour. So today when I found I had an hour to spare, I decided to have a go in my monthly garden flower book, which I have neglected since July.

I realised how much I enjoy painting in this commissioned Sanders Waterford watercolour paper sketchbook, so have decided to get another one done for my Italian trip. At £15, a 7" x 7" chosen cover, size and paper its a great bargain. Just need to remember the name of the website for the lady in Cambridge!!

Was good to play with watercolour after so long. It is such a delightful medium to work in, putting layer upon layer onto the conker to achieve the strong rich warm colour, followed by a quick flick of the brush with blue and purple for the shadow.

Then I put three acorns in front of me with their little cups that we always called pipes when we were small.

A simple little posting today folks, but I am now enjoying so much freedom without any new oils or acrylic paintings to get ready for shows, as I have everything ready for Wymondham. Yarmouth and Sheringham. I shall definitely put the autumn/winter months to come over to sketching practice... although after another sale of a local landscape work at the Rising Sun riverside pub this week, I may need to do one or two more to hang in my permanent show there.


RHCarpenter said...

You have had a very busy few months full of shows and getting ready for shows - I bet it's lovely to sit and get out the watercolors and just do something simple and beautiful like these - wonderful work.

Vicki Greene said...

Delightful little paintings!

Christiane Kingsley said...

These sketches and paintings are so well done...we can almost feel the pleasure you felt while painting them. Congratulations on your latest sale and enjoy your more relaxing time ahead.

Anita Davies said...

Love ya' conkers! LOL!
Congratulations on the sale!!!!!!!

Gretchen Bjornson ART said...

Joan, these are great! I love them.

DJ said...

Your watercolors are absolutely precious, Joan!
Enjoy some relaxed painting time; you deserve it.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thank you all so much for your kind words about my little watercolour sketches in my garden book.