Lock down!

Lock down has been a very mixed time for me. Ive appreciated working from home very much as its given me more time (my commute to the office is much shorter at the moment!), which Ive really appreciated.

Forget-me-not, water colour on paper

Botanic art is an obsession of mine and these two images are my attempts at this discipline. Both are of flowers from my garden  The forget-me-nots were flowering early in lock down and our boarders with filled with them, so cheerful in the sunshine that we had then. I was sorry that I started them as they are really fiddly to do, especially as they are painted at about life size Рthat will teach me! They are painted with Winsor & Newton watercolours on Stonehenge Aqua Hotpress watercolour paper.

Blue Bells, water colour on paper

This second painting I did a little later and is of Bluebells, also from my garden. This picture is also mainly watercolour but I have chosen to use graphite for some of the flowers. No reason really except that I thought it would make an interesting picture and, lets face it, I wanted to play with a recently acquired set of pencils!

I draw and paint as much as I can, often views while on holidays, sketches of hills, beaches and even caves, all of which have been out of reach for a while now. I guess you may understand this if you have absorbing hobbies but I feel that painting is an important part of looking after my mental health. The really detailed illustration work that I do needs hours and days of absolute concentration to avoid mistakes, there’s no room in my head for distraction by the stresses of the world while I do this. For me settling down to paint with some beautiful music in the background is heaven and at the moment, its a distraction from COVID-19.¬†


In recent years I have developed a fascination for botanic art and the many very talented exponents of this technique. I have learned lots from day classes and books and spent many “happy” hours absorbed in trying to capture the details of leaves and flowers. I’m a total addict, although I confess, I more often use what I have learned in my fossil reconstructions than painting flowers!

Bluebells from our garden (water colour)

Merry Christmas! (water colour)

Hoop petticoat daffodils (water colour)
Call me biased but I do love a daffodil! I bought this particular plant from the local garden centre and settled down to paint it on St Davids Day a couple of years ago. The flower on the right was a bud (here in the centre of picture) at the beginning of the day and open by the end (second flower from the left) … and wide open by the morning after (far right)!

Cheeky chappy from Singapore (water colour)
Ive been working in southeast Asia in the last few years and have enjoyed watching mynah bird antics, snatching crumbs. This fellow is based on sketches, backed up with information from photographs.

Squirrel! (Chinese ink)
This squirrel was keeping its eye on me from a tree in the botanic gardens in Singapore. Trips to southeast Asia have inspired be to play with Chinese ink and this was my first try.

Fox Cub (pen and ink)

Rabbit (pen and ink)