My visit to Stirling is almost over and I will be sad to leave – I feel very at home here. The upside though is seeing more of Scotland over the next couple of weeks. It’s a beautiful country, with dramatic landscapes, deep history and friendly people.
I have continued finding interesting plants to use as reference for my drawings- some are familiar to me, some not, and some I have rendered more faithfully to reality than others. The flower second from top is inspired by Willow Herb flowers, but they have taken on a heavier, more fleshy look. The one below is from the Willow Herb once it has gone to seed, with wonderful twisting tendrils and fluffy seeds escaping.
I’m not sure what the last one is, maybe elderberries but perhaps something more toxic.
The top drawing is a break away from the pen and ink, being drawn with water-soluble pencils, something I have never used before. It is quite different from the Liquid Pencil paste that I have used in the past. It takes a little getting used to, working out how much pencil to apply before smoothing out with a wet brush, and which level of pencil to use – I have HB, 4B and 8B. Today I will start a new one of these.