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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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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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Colour and burgeoning buds

There is more colour in the garden now – our strange climber, Akebia, is flowering fully and has an amazing scent.  I couldn’t resist having a go at buds that are bursting out all over. Pussy willow may be beyond … Continue reading

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Everything is coming up yellow

It seems at this time of year yellow is the dominant flower colour – it also happens to be the most challenging colour to paint, but how can you find that out without trying?  

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