I think I've spoken about my sisters garden before, but right now, it's amazing. Spring is in full force in Australia and I must say, I'm seeing it with new eyes. Having been away from home for more than a decade if feels like I'm seeing it for the very first time.
I recently spent an afternoon sketching and photographing her garden. Her apple blossom tree was simply glorious.
I'm exploring a more relaxed, slow, meditative style of art journaling and this was the result.
Sometimes capturing the simple detail of what is around you is a wonderful way to infuse your memories of day. I love to paint flowers, and I love them close up.
I sketched this from a photograph I took in her garden. I sat down quietly one afternoon and gently applied layer upon layer to build up the shadow and tones. Leaving white space is somewhat of a challenge for me because I love color so much, but it's an important part of enhancing the depth of an image and casting the focus into the right places.
I started with a light watercolor wash, then built up the color, tone and texture using watercolor pencils. This was done in my Stillman & Birn Zeta Series Sketchbook. You can see how beautifully vibrant the colors are on this paper, and how sharp the pen lines and detail. The smooth surface of the heavy weight paper is truly exquisite and is by far the best book I've ever used.
Have a wonderful week and thanks for checking in. xx