WORKING ALL DAY, even over the weekend, is paying off and I feel as if I’m on the
final phase with my walks booklet, even though there’s a lot still to do but, inspired
by my new sketchbook and the fresh start of a new year, I finish work at 4.10 and
decide that I have time for a quick sky sketch before sunset. The square roughly
corresponds with my studio window.
This is a rare use of pencil for the initial drawing but the sky didn’t lend itself
to pen. The light was fading so this sketch looked darker in tone as I painted it.
On the run-up to Christmas I must have gone for two months without checking the plants
in the greenhouse, fortunately most of them are doing well, for example this winter
cabbage. I was surprised to see a movement on the leaves when I brought this potted
cabbage seedling into the studio to draw; a spider, a brown, long-legged variety
with its abdomen slightly flattened top to bottom - the shape of a well-stuffed cushion.
It climbed out from the centre of the plant and clung to the underside of one of
Underside of leaf of an ornamental cherry, Prunus sp.