Painter's diary

Mushroom weekendPaintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 13 Nov, 2017 20:48

I spent last weekend at West Dean College near Chichester painting mushrooms with tutor Mariella Baldwin. There were 12 people on the course and we painted in the Orangery located in the beautiful gardens. West Dean is a fabulous place to stay and the tutor was very informative. The light brown mushrooms were painted using only 3 colours (yellow ochre, permanent rose and cobalt blue) to mix the different shades.




Scots PinePaintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 09 Nov, 2017 20:53

I have been working on this graphite study of a Scots Pine for some months. It is the only British native tree used for timber production. It has now been submitted for an exhibition of British native plants organised by the Association of British Botanical Artists which is to take place next May at Lancaster University. I will not know if it has been shortlisted until later in December.Blog image



HawthornPaintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 06 Nov, 2017 13:27

Blog imageI couldn't resist this branch of hawthorn collected from a tree at Pachesham in September. Lovely bright colours to paint.



TulipPaintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 23 Apr, 2017 18:58

This tulip was in a collection of tulips I planted last November.

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Pen and Ink ConesPaintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 10 Jan, 2017 21:46

A new venture in pen and ink following a 2 day course with Gaynor Dickeson in Bosham in November. These cones are Wellingtonia (left) and Scots Pine (right)



LilyPaintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 30 Aug, 2016 21:22

A challenging painting of a yellow lily painted over the last 2 weeks.

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Autumn FruitsPaintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 29 Aug, 2016 21:08

As Autumn approaches I am posting a painting on vellum from last autumn of crab apples. The vellum makes the watercolours look more luminous than on paper. It is necessary to build up the layers of paint gradually to create the density of colour so it is a slow process. Vellum is becoming more popular among botanical artists because of the fine detail that can be achieved on this surface.


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Insect artPaintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 06 Aug, 2016 07:56

In July I attended a day at Wisley painting insects with Cath Hodsman who is a renouned artist specialising in insects.

I chose to paint a hoverfly. When it was finished I mounted it on to Lokta paper which gives it a natural background. Lokta paper is handmade in Nepal and is made from the inner bark of lokta bushes found in himalayan forests.Blog image