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Friday, 23 September 2011

Sweet Honeysuckle.

A quick post today folks. I have had a little idea brewing for a while, to paint some Honeysuckle.  I love this plant, it smells divine, when you catch a whiff of it while walking in woods, where it grows wild. I think there are many cultivated varieties, and I have the awfully naughty habit of, if I see one I like trailing over someones fence, breaking off a small piece and trying to get it to grow. I have had 4 successes with this now, all coming on nicely in my garden!  I took some photos of some growing outside the lovely Hobbs cafe at the top of Monsal head. Then a couple of days ago, I started to sketch up an idea. I'm only at the beginning with this, starting with a very sketchy sketch and then refining it as I go along. It's quite a complicated flower, when you look at it, and I know I won't be totally accurate, but hopefully it will be a nice impression of this sweet smelling flower. It has such wonderful bright berries too, like little gems. I'm just showing the sketches as this is as far as I got. I'm working to the size of a card I did a while back now, Alliums, see the artwork for this also. I worked quite big, it felt essential to do this as there was a lot of detail I wanted to get in. Hope you like them. I shall post further progress as I get there!  X


  1. I love the sketchy sketch peeks! :))))Great drawings! Wonderful purple alliums too!
    I don't think there is anything wrong with "borrowing" little bits of plants from over the garden fence!! Now of course if you trapse into someones yard with a shovel and dig up the whole plant...that might be frowned upon! :)
    I agree honeysuckle smells yummy, but around here it grows into an enormous (almost weedy)over grown shrub that threatens to swallow the yard!


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