Lonicera periclymenum

The honeysuckle in the garden finally flowered so I could paint it. This is for Laura :-)


The grotty bank holiday weather meant that I spent most of the day indoors, painting.

And this is what I painted. While I wait for my tomato plants to grow I will have to make do with ones out of the veg box.


I haven't used watercolour for quite a while, so I was a bit unsure about painting again. Turns out it wasn't as awful as I had convinced myself it would be. I will try and persevere with the watercolours.

Brazilnut, almond and three hazelnuts.

Pitcher plant - Nepenthes

After the excitement of discovering acrylics last weeks, I've gone back to basics and done a pencil sketch of the pitcher plant which is currently keeping the kitchen windowsill fly free.

I visited the  Society of Botanical Artists exhibition at Westminster Central Hall today which has inspired me to try something in watercolour. 

Watch this space....

Something totally different...

Today I attempted something totally different and tried painting with acrylics. I enjoyed it :-) Its very different from the careful observation, measurement and concentration of botanical illustration.
I'm going to call this 'Summer Field.' Its now hanging proudly in the downstairs toilet.

Nigella damascena in pen and ink

Nigella damascena 'Love-In-a-Mist'
This is one from the garden, which I did last year. Only just got round to scanning it though. Hopefully I'll get around to something more seasonal (and colourful?!) soon.


In coloured pencil, over my Easter holidays in Devon.

Daffy Down Dilly

Another one in pen and ink. I will try and do something a bit more colourful soon. (I also did this daffodil in coloured pencils but it just won't scan nicely.)


Spurge (Euphorbiaceae) from the garden at the South London Botanical Institute

Brave little snowdrops

Galanthus sp.
I've seen snopdrops just starting to peep through this week. I'm very excited about all my spring bulbs coming through! This one is from last year but I thought it was a good time to post it.

Something from the vegbox

because sometimes it's easier to find something to draw from in the fridge than it is from outside.

Brassica oleracea (yeah... broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and sprouts are all the same species. Weird eh?)  

Oysters in the woods

Pleurotus umbrinus

These oyster mushrooms were collected and illustrated at the weekend. We were staying in Preston Montford and enjoyed some lovely autumnal fungi foraging.

I chose this specimen because the group of mushrooms on the bark looked like they were posing for a family portrait.

Different greens

My first post!
I'm going to put some things from the past year up, and then add to it as I do some more.

Various leaves, all different shades of green.