Painter's diary

Painter's diary

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This blog shows some recent work that is not on the website and work in progress.

Milk Thistle

PaintingsPosted by Debbie Craddock 08 Aug, 2019 20:31
This plant is a herb related to the daisy family. An extract from the milk thistle seeds can be used to treat diseases relating to the liver.

These thistles grow several feet tall and the spikes on the sepals surrounding the flower and on the leaves are razor sharp.


PaintingsPosted by Debbie Craddock 18 Jun, 2019 20:49
These poppies were growing on a grassy bank alongside the estuary at Bosham in Sussex providing a beautiful splash of colour. They are common poppies which grow in rough grassland, roadsides and farmland.

Black Tulips

PaintingsPosted by Debbie Craddock 02 Jun, 2019 13:06
These tulips were in a pot in my garden. The colour is stunning and I just had to paint them.


PaintingsPosted by Debbie Craddock 02 Jun, 2019 13:04
Common Vetch is a member of the pea family which has 13000 species. It is found on grassland, farmland and waste ground. Bitter vetch was one of the first domesticated crops grown by Neolithic people and Common Vetch is still used as livestock fodder today.
This is a painting I started a year ago but never quite finished. I have now tidied it up and added a little bee to fill the gap in the left hand corner.

Snakeshead fritillaries

PaintingsPosted by Debbie Craddock 15 May, 2019 20:30
Hundreds of these amazing flowers were growing at West Dean gardens at the end of March. They are part of the lily family. The flower heads are complex to paint but worth the effort.

Spring flowers

PaintingsPosted by Debbie Craddock 14 May, 2019 15:08
I have been painting some small illustrations of spring flowers to be mounted onto cards to be sold as original paintings which were very popular last years at craft fairs.

Miniature Iris'

PaintingsPosted by Debbie Craddock 15 Apr, 2019 20:42
Spring at last and a painting of some miniature iris' to celebrate.

Visit to West Dean

PaintingsPosted by Debbie Craddock 01 Apr, 2019 20:48
Last weekend I attended another course at West Dean College entitled Structure Form and Texture with Amber Halsall, a well known botanical artist. I chose the course because it included some natural history subjects that I was keen to paint.
It was a glorious weekend with the gardens full of spring flowers.
I chose to paint shells which I discovered were as complex to paint as botanical subjects!
I have include a page from my sketch book as it shows the exercises in illustrating texture (willow), form (shell and quails egg) and structure (scales from a cone).
Below this is the finished shell painting.

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