I’ve had the day off from work today, Wednesday 27 June, the weather was not great so I decided to spend sometime drawing… I sat at the dining table which faces the opposite direction to my desk and looked around for inspiration…and that’s when I looked out of my window (always loved Donovan!) and noticed that there is a gap in the flowering of the plants.
My house (in South Greater London, England) is in a bit of a hollow and the front garden is higher than the house (it’s a bungalow!).
The view from the window is completely ‘garden’ there is no sky to be seen.
We only moved here a few years ago, the house needed lots of renovation but the garden has the basis of a very well designed plan.
As we’ve cut back the weeds we have discovered many walls and decorative stones, as well as an almost complete calendar of flowering plants.
There are a few wild geraniums in pretty pink at the moment but that’s it. It’s actually all green. That’s what you get with constant rain for a month!
So, that’s what I have drawn…the view through my window.
I used a watercolour paper, about A4 size. I sketched with pencil first.
Then inked in, using a drawing pen
I decided to include the items sitting on the window cill… once drawn in I used water-soluble colouring pencils and coloured it in…
and this is the end result.
I did draw the leaded lights lines on with a silver pen but it doesn’t show up.
Finished picture… through my window picture
I was inspired to do this drawing after looking a another’s blog post, featuring a lovely painting of a jar of butterscotch sweets…it made me think, you can never say you haven’t got anything to draw – just look in front you!
This has also brought to mind a recent exhibition at the Chelsea Physic Garden by the Florilegium Society, just take a look at the truely inspiring drawings of dandelions and nettles on their web page… even if you have nothing growing in your garden you can usually find a nettle or two!
Well, it’s still raining, so I think I will start something else this afternoon,
Back soon, thanks for reading,