18/30 – Succulents

Flowering succulent
Succulents are very easy to propagate and in the last few months I gathered a small collection by breaking bits of the succulents growing in the nature strips. Some of them are flowering at the moment. I wish I had time during the daylight hours to sketch them outside as most are in the pots that are too large to be easily carried inside.
One is still in a tiny pot, waiting to be replanted. It isn’t flowering, but the colours of the leaves are gorgeous, so in it came to be sketched.
Succulent - watercolour sketch

Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour in Moleskine watercolour sketchbook (Landscape 21×13 cm)

17/30 – A break

Yesterday my 3.5 year old son conceded that I have a name. Previously he would get upset at any mention of me having any other label than his mum: “You are mummy. I call you mummy!” On the same day he told me that “Mummies can’t be artists, because they don’t have any pencils”. This one amused me greatly, because it definitely only works in a three-year-old logic as he knows how many pencils I own.
Quick pen sketch of a child
I didn’t paint or draw in the evening yesterday. I was feeling tired and jaded (not with the painting, but with the attempting to fit in yet another new place) and knew that I needed a break. I feel much better for it today. I did do a few quick gestural sketches of my son at the playground yesterday though – they had to be quick as he is always moving around.

15/30 – Wood sorrel

Sketch - wood sorrel

Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour in Moleskine watercolour sketchbook (Landscape 21×13 cm)

These little yellow flowers are everywhere: in the gardens, sidewalks, along the stream, in the park. My friend, who knows many more names of plants and animals than I ever will, tells me that they are wood sorrel. My son brought few from the garden for me and I thought I’ll sketch them in the Moleskin sketchbook, of course since I did it at night the flowers were closed. Here is how they look during the day in the garden.
Wood sorrel

14/30 – Life Drawing

Yesterday I spent two hours at the Life Drawing session and it was one of those rare magical moments when I completely lost myself in the drawing. The mark making became more intuitive, the hand following what the eye could see, the obstructing wall of words inside my mind disappearing to the point that I struggled to form coherent sentences.  I wish I could do it every week.
Nude figure drawing - charcoal and pastel sketch
Nude figure drawing

13/30 – Primroses card II

When I’m drawing I feel a little closer to the way birds navigate when flying, or to hares finding shelter if pursued, or to fish knowing where to spawn, or trees finding a way to the light, or bees constructing their cells.
John Berger “Bento’s Sketchbook”

Watercolour postcard of primroses

Winsor & Newton watercolour on Daler-Rowney watercolour postcard

12/30 – Cards

I want to get back into sending birthday cards to my friends, but I keep on forgetting to buy some and thought maybe I can paint some myself to make them a tiny bit more special. This one of the primroses was the first one and I attempted to do another one last night. Except it turned into a complete disaster and if it wasn’t for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge I wouldn’t even show it to you. My daughter thinks it looks a bit like a puppy, I’m arguing that it is more akin to an owl with a headache. :-) Either way it is staying at home with me.
Watercolour of iris