Category Archives: Nature

Butterflies on vellum

A few butterflies around at last, here are four of the commonest: Peacock, Tortoishell, Painted Lady and Red Admiral.  The caterpillars of these four all feed on nettles so leave a little patch for them in your garden.  I’ve painted … Continue reading

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Little birds on vellum

I’ve been working hard at a collection of small English birds on calfskin vellum – here are a few for your delectation.  A Coletit, a Robin and a Wren

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Painting on vellum

My final week of my botanical art course and we attempted painting on vellum.   Vellum is derived from the Latin word ‘vitulinum’ meaning ‘made from calf’ and is in fact cleaned, bleached, stretched and scraped calf or goat skin. … Continue reading

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Pressing flowers

  Its fun to see how many wild flowers you can find in your locality – I have reached 150 over the summer with one visit to the Suffolk coast and one to Wiltshire.  A good way of learning wild … Continue reading

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A selection of tulips

A visit to Dunsborough Park in Ripley, which has the most amazing collection of tulips inspired this painting, which was completed using a restricted palette of Schmincke watercolours as an exercise for my botanical art course.  Tulips are just the … Continue reading

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Bracken and a dead bumblebee

I’m enjoying doing these vignettes but for a change this week I couldn’t resist adding a few insects.  My husband breeds the Emperor moths and last years chrysalises have just hatched and I found the dead bumblebee  lying in the … Continue reading

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Yellow Tulips

Part of our holiday homework was to paint a flower from 5 different angles – how could I resist this beautiful yellow tulip – Golden apeldorn?  I still can’t decide whether to give the one facing forward a stalk and … Continue reading

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