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The Natural Year · 1Y ago

Returning with a Botanical Harvest

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.   Albert CamusRegular visitors to the blog would have noticed the change to the banner image above as my favourite season is here.  Why...
The Natural Year · 1Y ago

Project Skills for Botanical Artists (iii) - grow your own

I suspect that a lot of botanical artists are keen gardeners too, or perhaps the botanical art has led them to gardening ?I've always had an interest in gardening as well as the natural worl...
The Natural Year · 1Y ago

Project Skills for Botanical Artists (ii) - considering the habitat

Apologies that there has been a bit of a gap between my last blog post and this one.The first blogpost in the series certainly went a bit mad in terms of viewing figures, so I hope that this...
The Natural Year · 1Y ago

Project Skills for Botanical Artists (i) - Identifying wild flowers & plants

Yes, I'm back !  Gosh what a busy time it has been, exhibitions, teaching and producing new art work.I've neglected the blog for a while, but I am back up and running with a new series of po...
The Natural Year · 1Y ago

Sketching from the Strandline

I had intended to write a post about illustrating birds of prey, but perhaps I will do that once I have finished my owl drawing.Instead, I will introduce you to a few mysteries of the strand...
The Natural Year · 1Y ago

Illustrating plants out of season - a tricky dilemma !

After a few days of respite following on from the RHS and going straight back to teaching, it was all go again with news of an exciting commission.Exciting because it meant that I could cont...
The Natural Year · 1Y ago

Speaking up for native species amongst a global stage

What is very special about the RHS Botanical Art Show is that you are visiting a global stage of botanical art where you will be bombarded (in a positive way), to botanical subjects that wil...
The Natural Year · 1Y ago

Finishing and fine tuning - reaching that goal

The last year has been somewhat of a busy one.  Natures Details has had its busiest year yet with new courses and exhibiting opportunities, but the main focus by far has been the work toward...
The Natural Year · 1Y ago

Try, try and try again - don't give up !

I've been painting away still, working on the bud paintings for my RHS project.It has been quite satisfying recently as the majority of the paintings are nearing completion.  Seeing how they...
The Natural Year · 1Y ago

New Year, New Sketchbook (or 2), and new Subjects

Where has that year gone ?!It has flown by for me, with various challenges along with the way, but there are several constants that are always there - my family (and very tolerant husband), ...