A quick pen study of a small and young oak tree, I love noticing the different shapes found in nature.
Here are a couple of follow on sketches of some other smaller plants. I keep remembering the art of Louise Bourgeious, who found organic shapes influential, many of her plants are like big zoomed in botanicals.
By spending time just sitting outside I have been very interested in the smaller varieties of plants that exist. I am trying to practice capturing some of these through my art. The top sketch is in ink, based on a small garden moss. The second is a watercolour of forget me nots, which has been a favourite flower of mine since I was a young girl.
I am keeping a small sketch book and pocket sized watercolours in my hand bag, to practice capturing things around me and to write useful notes. This is a good practice to maintain before I return for year 2 of my Fine Art Degree, at Plymouth College of Art.
I've always loved nature, just sitting in my partner's garden I am surrounded by beautiful plants and foliage. These photos show my progression of how I have used the book today. I started of with a very small sketch, and worked up to zooming closer in to the greenery. I find so much inspires me and I end up with so many things I would like to capture, how I see things, as we all see the world through different lenses. This is because we are all so individual and have such a vast array of experiences, influencing how we perceive the world around us.
Rosie and Charlie are the main subjects, I have also painted in my oldest nephew who adores Rosie and Charlie. There's still a lot of detail to add, but I am pleased with how I am using such a big space. I used to work on a very small scale in contrast to this metre square canvas.
Ruth N Brown, a chance to see my works in progress