Yay, another set of 8 wildflowers finito 🥂 🌸🌿🌼 Painting has been much more time-consuming than creating my set of line-drawn flowers. But that worked out ok as it was the Easter holidays, I haven't been so busy with my pebble art and I have found it relaxing. I have got to know my gouache set and have enjoyed the challenge of mixing new colours, as I wanted to stick quite closely to the natural hues of the flowers for this project.
I know I have a lot of practising to do to improve my painting skills. Getting some new brushes and better paper is also a requirement - I used the same cheap paintbrush throughout, and it didn't help at all that two days ago my 3 year-old got hold of the brush. Let's just say it's feeling very sorry for itself now!
I think this is a medium I want to play with more though, perhaps getting a bit more creative and less literal with my subject matter:) Thank you @elleluna and the #100dayproject for inspiring me to paint again.
Day 16 of #the100dayproject .
Moschatel (Adoxa Moschatellina)
Hello, I'm home from my first day back at the chalk face where much excitement was caused when the hugest bumble bee I've ever seen flew in through the open classroom window. It buzzed straight over to the interactive whiteboard and basically started drawing on it, then proceeded to try to collect pollen from a bright yellow peg!! A butterfly would've caused less panic amongst some and would have been handy for our Science longitudinal study, but personally I was fascinated by Mr Bee.
Anyway, today I have a green wildflower to complete my almost-rainbow of paintings. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for this next time I'm in the woods - it won't be flowering for much longer.
Also known as Townhall Clock, this extraordinary flower has five small but distinct faces: four round the outside and one on top! It is not quite as bright as I painted as it likes shady places. Wouldn't it be fab if it was though?!
Day 15 of #the100dayproject .
Marsh Cinquefoil (Comarum Plaustre) in gouache.
A bit more of a moody, spiky feel today! Not my usual choice of colours to work with, but actually I really enjoyed painting this!
This wildflower also goes by he name Bog Strawberry and is a member of the rose family. It is most common in Northern England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and likes living on lake sides. One to look out for when we visit my hubby's folks!
Day 14 of #the100dayproject .
Harebell (Campanula Rotundifolia) in gouache.
Beautiful harebells. Looking forward to seeing these guys come summer.
I'm pretty pleased with this painting, but really frustrated that I couldn't get a good photograph of it. My camera phone insists on changing all the carefully mixed tones of blue.
Day 13 of #the100dayproject .
Goldilocks Buttercup (Ranunculus Auricomus) in gouache.
A bit of a rushed one for today. These buttercups are the scraggly, slightly war-torn looking ones that are found in clearing of wooded areas, at roadsides or in churchyards. They are often found alongside the Greater Stitchwort that i drew a few days ago. It is much more delicate than the meadow buttercup. I felt sorry for it so decided to paint it!
Day 12 of #the100dayproject with #100wildflowers
Montbreia (Crocosmia x Crocosmiiflora) in gouache.
This wild flower doesn't appear until July but I fancied another something bright. This is a flower I remember seeing a fair bit during holidays in Cornwall, which makes sense as it is most common in the West of Britiain apparently. It is a cultivated hybrid that was raised in France in 1880 and introduced to Britain the same year. It is so fiery and warm - quite the antidote to these dull days we are still experiencing!
I think this is my favourite painting so far.
Day 11 of #the100dayproject#100wildflowers
Spindle (Euonymus Europaeus) in gouache (work in progress). .
My children picked out this one for us all to paint. Their favourite colours are orange and pink. I had real trouble mixing a bright enough pink with my paint selection! I need to work on it further but have a day at the farm ahead of me!
The spindle bush's fruit is so bright - I'll be on the lookout for them in hedgerows now I can name them. They are frequently found in Southern England. The flowers are is a less conspicuous white. The spindle's wood, being heavy and straight, was/is used for winding wool around. .
Swipe to see my children's pictures. They did well with the subject (age 3 and 5); I was envious of their bright poster paint, although Lara's picture predictably ended up 'chocolate bunny brown'!
Day 10 of #the100dayproject#100wildflowers
Field Bindweed (Cornvolvulus Arvensis) in gouache. .
I seem to have a thing for picking out pretty weeds! This delicately striped pink and white one doesn't flower until June but the page of my new wild flower book fell open on it and I loved the shape of the flowers. Apparently farmers hate Field Bindweed. The spaghetti-like roots bury themselves deep and if just a tiny bit is left in the ground, it makes a new plant. .
I got on better today with painting a bigger flower - the small scale of yesterday's was half my problem I think. Also didn't bother with the leaves this time and prefer the simpler, purer composition. Much happier!
Day 9 of #the100dayproject with @elleluna. #100wildflowers
My first time playing with gouache.
I was lucky enough to be given a fantastic set of Holbein gouache for my 40th that I never seem to have the time to use. This project has been the perfect nudge. I enjoyed the challenge of mixing the colours (although these petals should've been perhaps a little bluer) and I love the matt texture of these paints. However, a bit of a recurring theme with me, I didn't have a fine enough brush, and am probably using the wrong paper (250gsm mixed media pad). Any advice for a complete beginner is always welcome! .
So the Common Field- Speedwell spreads easily and is often seen where the ground is disturbed, so can be a sure sign of human activity. As such, it is often unwanted, which is sad as I think the delicate, stripey petals are really pretty (although the leaves not so much so!).
Day 8 of #the100dayproject with @elleluna. #100wildflowers
Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria Holostea) - A couple of 5 min pen sketches.
Another common wild flower that I see all the time along lanes and in woodlands, but I have to admit that until now, I didn't know its name. .
I love how this project is forcing me to study the flowers in detail and notice all their little characteristics. These are such elegant flowers as they grow on super-thin stems (kind of messed this up in my 2nd drawing, grr) with narrow, grass-like leaves. The five petals are split to make it look like ten. They remind me of lovehearts or rabbit ears! And then there are the delicate little anthers and the yellow-green calyx behind the petals - all in, a really pretty flower!
Day 7 of #the100dayproject with @elleluna. #100daysofwildflowers
Cow Parsley (Anthriscus Sylvestris)
Today inspired by a photo by @eve.vike, who also quotes from my namesake A.A. Milne: 'Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.'
This is one of the wild flowers I remember being most confident about identifying as a child on my Kentish walks with Granny (wildflower expert). I found the name hilarious; now my son does too!
Did you know: Cow Parsley is closely related to the carrot as well as to parsley?
Day 6 of #the100dayproject with @elleluna. 100 days of wild flowers. .
Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinalis)
Continuing the sunshine yellow theme today! Again I didn't come across any wild flowers on my adventures yesterday so I worked from a photo of a dandelion and bee by @landandtree. .
The dandelion might be one of Britain's most common weeds, but who didn't spend hours of fun as a child blowing the clocks to help this to happen?! Apparently dandelions have tons of health benefits, which is good 'cos at primary school I remember picking them from the playing field and chewing on the stems (bleugh!)
Fun fact: The dandelion flower opens to greet the morning and closes again at dusk to go to sleep!
Day 5 of #the100dayproject with @elleluna (personal hashtag #seastoneandthistle100wildflowers ).
Narcissus Birma (10 minute pen sketch - I found a very fine black pen for some of the detail. It wasn't a good quality pen but showed me I *need* to go pen shopping urgently!)
Ok, I know it's not a wild flower - I've broken my own rules with this one. I was wanting to sketch from real life rather than a photo and since starting this project have come upon a disappointing lack of wildflowers. Wanting to prolong the sunshine vibe, I plucked this cheery daffodil from our garden. British wild daffodils are much paler yellow and have a much more pronounced trumpet.
Hello! It's day 4 of #the100dayproject with @elleluna
Snowdrop (Ganthas Nivalis: Milk Flower of the Snow)
So I had planned to stick closely to the current seasons during this project, but I felt sad to miss out this delicate little pure white flower. In my efforts to experiment with more 'uniform' hatching/cross hatching I my have over-inked this one. But I still kind of like it - what do you think?
Did you know: Snowdrops contain a natural anti-freeze. Their bulbs and flowers are poisonous to humans, so don't go making any fancy flowery foods or drinks with them!
Day 3 of #the100dayproject with @elleluna. My personal project is 5-10 minute drawings of #wildflowers . I'm pleased with myself so far for sticking to the (necessary) self-implemented timescale, although the research and write up is taking longer than that! I really regret the 'dotted' stems - really didn't achieve the effect I was after with a 0.7mm pen. I'll probably have another attempt at it to improve it at some point, but for now, a day in the rare sunshine is on the agenda!
Primrose (Primula Vulgaris)
Such a pretty butter yellow and with the cutest bright yellow star in the centre! ⭐ The colour reminds me of my bedroom walls at my Grandparents' house, where Granny and I used to paint wild flowers together when I was a child 💛 Special memories.
The primrose's name derives from the Latin 'Prima Rosa', meaning 'first rose of the year', although they are not a member of the rose family. Apparently the primrose is the county flower of Devon!
Day 2 of #the100dayproject with @elleluna
Common Dog Violet (Viola Riviniana)
10 minute pen re-sketch. My first attempt (swipe right) was going so well but then I messed up giving the leaves a smooth edge and trying to correct. Not happy with this version either - the leaves are better but the violet lost its beautiful and distinctive detail on the lower petal. It's all a learning curve...
The violet is so delicate and pretty. These carpet the local woodlands in early April - I'm just sad I didn't get out stomping today to do a proper observational sketch. .
Interesting facts: 'Dog' means that it lacks scent and distinguishes it as a species inferior to the sweet violet. Ants help to spread the seeds. Local names include Blue Mice, Cuckoo's Shoe and Shoes and Stockings. What do you know the violet as?