Janet

Tips for sketching trees

Hello, thought I’d write down a few tips for sketching trees. The biggest difficulty when sketching trees, either from photos and particularly when outdoors, is how to simplify without resorting to stereotype and your drawing becoming cartoon like. You definitely need to avoid attempting to draw every leaf and branch, yet you should aim to …

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Madge The Malevolent Midge

It was my Dad’s birthday recently and I wanted to make him a charming dragonfly sculpture, but somehow instead this Gothic horror style fly appeared! I’m not sure you could ever create something that is very delicate when you start with two horseshoes. Dad seemed quite pleased with Madge though.

Curlew sculpture

I’d like to share a couple photos of my latest metal sculpture, a curlew. It is the first in a new series of sculptures of endangered British wildlife. (Sadly, this didn’t exactly narrow my options – finding species which aren’t endangered would be more difficult I think!) I’m at the start of exploring a new …

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Recent bird paintings

I’ve mainly been painting birds and woodland over the winter, I love both. Mainly I head to the coast to watch the birds and these paintings are from the Lune Estuary near where I live, and the barnacle geese from the Solway Firth in Galloway. The entire Svalbard population of barnacle geese overwinters on the …

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Wire bird sculptures

I’ve enjoyed experimenting with wire sculpture since I was 15, when I crafted a trio of chickens out of chicken wire and photographed them amongst our flock of hens, as part of my Higher Art project. Over the last year I’ve started creating things using wire again, as well as dabbling in ceramics and various …

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Sketches of Spring

May and June are my favourite time of year. These watercolours are of gowans, lovely big daisies, which fill up the edges of our garden at this time of year, roses, and just the general joy and chaos of spring. I painted the deer at Leighton Moss, a nearby RSPB reserve. I’d gone with a …

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