Monday, 27 September 2010


Had our second Coltishall Ladies Art Group at my home last Thursday, everyone doing something different. I'm taking these Thursday afternoon sessions as a regular opportunity to get back to my sketchbooks I have so neglected this year.

Helen had brought along a cutting from her passionflower to draw after she finished her acrylic canvas of mixed flowers. I liked it so much, I decided to paint it directly into my garden sketchbook - maybe it will encourage my new passionflower to grow in my garden next year!! Philippa and I sat alongside each other so we could share the cutting and both tackled it with watercolour. At the end I added a few lines with Stabilo fineliner water soluble pens. Here's my sketch:

Before the time for the afternoon gathering, I walked up the lane and cut some blackberries which I also painted into my garden sketchbook. Well! I can always imagine the lane is part of my garden!!

Jasmine sketched one of my figurines - an elegant Edwardian looking lady with long flowing dress and big picture hat. Penny tackled the conkers we did the previous week and improved with each water soluble pencil sketch. Maggie had brought along a very funny bouncy chicken ornament to create an acrylic on canvas for a gift.

Lots of comradery, chat and fun by all. What a lovely afternoon it was together.


Crystal Cook said...

It sounds like such a great time! And your sketches are absolutely lovely. There's something about these nature studies that's just so. . . Victorian and peaceful and just beautiful :)

debwardart said...

Sounds like you and your friends are having fun on Thursday - coincidentally that's the day I get together to paint with friends! Hope you have as much fun as we do!

Vicki Greene said...

Your sketches are so good. I especially like that passion flower!

Anita Davies said...

This book is coming along beautifully Joan, what a treasure.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

So pleased you like my nature studies I have added to my garden sketchbook. Cheating really - but they are local plants - very local ie up the lane outside our house and in a nearby artist's garden. My garden is still colourful but most of the plants in bloom I have already sketched other years.