With fine sunny weather it was important to make the most of it. The campervan was packed up with all the necessary essentials plus drawing materials and my partner and I headed for Port William on the Galloway coast, Scotland. With extensive rocky shores to explore, it was difficult to fit in any drawing time.
There was an array of colours and textures to record but little time to sit and draw them. As always I had my trusty camera to capture these views and store them in preparation for sketching when there is more time … probably during cold, dark winter months.
The days are getting longer and when the sun is out you can feel the warmth making local walks more enjoyable.
In the local woods splashes of white, gold and pink are appearing as spring flowers make the most of the light before they are shaded out by the leaves in the trees.
Here is a gallery of three different flowers that I can spot locally:
Photographing flowers is not always easy. Getting the right light and suitable equipment to get as close as possible to capturing the detail is only part of the problem. Just as you have everything set up along comes a breeze and you end up with a shaky image. But this year the challenge is to draw flowers from the photographs that I have taken and double check their details from diagrams within field identification books.
Another advantage of drawing the flowers is that I can isolate a particular specimen from the background and if I choose to do so, emphasize a particular characteristic.
This way you get to know the plant better. Everything from the intimate arrangement of petals and leaves to whether the plant is hairy or hairless. These finer characteristics can only be appreciated by observing a plant carefully.
Here is a start on the Wood Anemone, the first of my spring flowers. It is also known as the windflower and while it looks delicate it is in fact strong enough to withstand a stiff breeze. Another interesting observation is that the petal like structures are described as sepals. Usually in other flowering plants these are the structures that protect the petals but the Wood Anemone is described as having no petals!
I have chosen the Wood Anemone as it is a good indicator that spring has finally arrived.
The first point to note from this experience is that I have lots to learn about drawing leaves!