I thought it would be fun to share some of my sketchbook pages with you on this little blog. I haven't shared much from my sketchbook for quite a long time so it'll be nice to get into a routine with sharing it here. If you would like updates about new blog posts please sign up to my mailing list, or make sure you're following me on social.
It feels like we never really got a proper spring this year, and I'm not gonna hold my breath for summer, but I did enjoy drawing some spring flowers a little while ago. These are all drawn using my absolute favourite pencils, Caran d'Ache Supracolor Soft coloured pencils. They are a wee bit pricey but well worth it! Not an ad or sponsored, just genuinely a huge fan.
Bluebells are in my humble opinion some of the most stunning spring flowers. The way they carpet the floors of woodlands each spring is breathtaking and something, alongside cherry blossom and magnolias, I try never to miss each year.
Primroses are another woodland treat. Their friendly faces are always a sure sign that spring is arriving, however slowly it my be coming.
Another of my favourites to look out for are crocuses. Sometimes these carpet the shady patches under trees just as effectively as bluebells, and in a greater variety of colours. When the sunshines on them the slightly shiny surface of the petals makes them appear to glow.
This is when I get way too excited and take far too many photos.
Tulips and Hellebores at this time of year are mandatory in all gardens. I love the subtlety of colour you find in Hellebores, and the less brash tulips. I'm not a big fan of primary colours, especially not that bright, tulip red that fills swathes of council planting schemes. Don't get me wrong I think it's a great colour in small amounts, just not in entire roundabouts worth.
Having said that I'm fascinated by these Fritillaria Imperialis. I only discovered them last year and was completely taken with their crazy structures. They literally grow out of clumps of tropic looking leaves, with these tall stems topped with hanging flowers and springy crowns. I love nature.
Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of these, beloved by old ladies and cottage gardens everywhere, but they were too fun to draw so I included them.