Painter's diary

North Downs Botanical Artists Exhibition Paintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 11 Nov, 2019 20:21

A view of our exhibition at Leatherhead theatre this month.
I was delighted to sell a painting I completed in 2015 based on wild flowers I drew on a walking holiday in Switzerland entitled 'Flowers from Swiss Meadows'.
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Sunflower Seed headsPaintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 03 Nov, 2019 10:23

Blog imageThese sunflowers were growing abundantly on an allotment. The seed heads are left for the birds to feed on during the winter months. I love the variety of blacks and browns in the dead stalks, leaves and heads which are quite complex to paint.


Posted by Debbie Craddock 13 Oct, 2019 18:42

Blog imageIt's October and time to paint another squash before they disappear for another year.


Posted by Debbie Craddock 14 Sep, 2019 13:11

A small painting of cherries for a handmade card destined for my stall at St Johns School Christmas Fair in Leatherhead, Surrey November.

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Blue Atlas Cedar Paintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 14 Sep, 2019 13:08

This is a small branch of developing cones from a Blue Atlas Cedar found on a walk through the arboretum at Exeter University.

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Milk Thistle seed headPaintings

Posted by Debbie Craddock 30 Aug, 2019 21:11

By mid July the Milk thistle flower has transformed into an impressive seed head.

Milk ThistlePaintings

Posted 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.

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Posted 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.Blog image