Plant form – Honesty ripening no.2

Plant form - Honesty ripening no.2

Continuing my current series of ink work this is the second plant form study of Honesty (Lunaria), seed head ripening. These self seed around the garden and I feel are a useful addition in the early summer with the white or purple flowers. The tender green seed pod discs evolve picking up purples, pinks and reds as it matures to its end of season form. The silver translucent remains now stand, having shed the brown seeds.
Wikipedia has interesting information for the origin of both names – Lunaria and Honesty but there many other names this plant is also known by.

Rose Hip Ripening no.1 – RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Rose Hip Ripening no.1 -  RHS Garden Hyde Hall

A painting using acrylic ink and indian ink, developed from a sketch made on a hot, late summers day visit to RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex, UK. At this time some rose hips had turned scarlet red, (see earlier blog post), but this was still in the process of ripening. The smaller size of the paper directs me to paint and draw in a tighter style instead of the looser line I use on larger art works. It’s all in the arm movement. I believe you can identify, without me telling you, which paintings are small and which are large.

Bramley apples on high branch

Bramley apples on high branch

This artwork was developed from an oil pastel sketch and reworked using acrylic ink and indian ink. The apples were not quite ready to drop but now two weeks later I move out of the way if a wood pigeon takes off knocking fruit to the ground. Some of the apples are quite big……..
This painting will be exhibited in the Essex Maldon Art Trail 2013. My venue this year – Maldon Cookshop, with a really good window space.

Onion bed RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex

Onion bed RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex

Onions in the RHS trial/demonstration vegetable plot almost ready to harvest. This acrylic ink and indian ink artwork was developed from a sketch made on my last visit to RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex, England.
I grow shallots at home but when they are in the ground they are not as sculptural as these onions.

Cocklespit beach, shingle and saltmarsh plants

Cocklespit beach, shingle and saltmarsh plants

This is a detail of thumbnail sketches when I reworked my visual references for composition and colour tryouts. If you look at an earlier image posted, you may possibly recognise one of the plants sketched at Cocklespit beach.
I regularly use the technique of ‘thumbnails’, as they are small, (for me approximately 5.0cm x 6-8.0cm), and take very little time. This helps me to generate and make visual, a number of ideas on the same page ready for reworking, in this instance, with acrylic and indian ink.