It's been a busy week since last I wrote my blog. The Uk was gripped by Jubilee fever and here in our little mid Devon village we lit a beacon using a lit bow and arrow, All very exciting,
We also went to parties and listened to our children play in the town square. It all seemed so good to be together again after such a long time apart.
So whatever your individual feelings about the monarchy, I think we all needed a good reason to be together and laugh, and remember community does matter.
We even managed a lovely walk on Friday morning, making the most of a Bank Holiday to appreciate Devon and it's natural beauty.
Meanwhile my children have resumed their exams, stress levels have returned and I retreat to my little studio, and heave a sigh of relief as all I need to focus on is one small sweet pea.
I wanted to show you briefly how I add light and velvetiness to the flower,
So first draw the flower
Then wet an petal, and add cerulean blue where you want the light to hit it
Then I added a mixture of crimson and purple to the rest of the petal
Similarly on the other side
Now while it is still a bit wet, I have added darker tones
I can also take pigment out using a very clean damp brush
I can add the darkest tones by adding blues to my purply mixture.
Finally I add the stem and my sweet pea can join the bunch