Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Sketching

Having the children home on summer vacation means there is little to no time to myself.  But the consolation at this time of the year is the rising sun at around 5:30am.  I've always been an early riser and if I'm not woken up by my 5yo, I'll sneak out of bed and spend some quiet time alone in my studio.  A luxury I rarely get these days.

I start my day by putting the kettle on, throwing open the windows and letting the cool of the early morning spill into the room. Often, I'll take my cup of tea and walk around the garden in bare feet.  I usually delight in some new bloom that has shown itself, or examine the condition of my rose buds to see if the critters have made a meal of them. Then I make my way into the studio and begin to sketch.  There is so much inspiration that I find it hard to know where to begin, but I use this time for quiet meditation, so the chaos of choice doesn't last long.

This beautiful little yellow Lily is the first of its kind this season, and I found her nestled amongst the pink roses.  There are plenty of buds around her, so it won't be long before yellow overtakes pink. This sketchbook page was done using Sennelier L'Aquarelle Watercolour in a Stillman & Birn "Alpha" Series Sketchbook. It was done wet on damp, with a scribble of Faber-Castell "Albrecht Durer" Watercolor Pencil for detail.

Enjoy your day, and thanks for dropping by. xx