Beetroot – Diploma Portfolio

The first piece that I painted for the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma¬†Portfolio was of a beetroot. I was first struck by the colours in the leaves when I was at a local farmers market. One of the … Continue reading

Assignment 10 – Working from Photographs

Assignment 10 of the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma was entitled ‘Working from Photographs’. We were supposed to take our own photographs, and create a design in the form of a greetings card or poster. I do incorporate … Continue reading

Assignment 4 – Flower Heads

Assignment 4 was a fun assignment, the first opportunity to use a lot of colour after the first two graphite assignments and then all the greens in Assignment 3. Choosing which flowers to use was really tricky for me. I’m … Continue reading

Dried Hydrangea


I have been working on this piece for what feels like a very long time now. I started it in my Easter break, and then haven’t had a chance to sit down and finish it until today. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out! I love picking unusual subjects, and although I really enjoyed painting this dried hydrangea, my next task will be trying to capture all the beautiful colours in the plant in its prime! Again, the pictures are just taken with my camera, and for some reason the paper appears to be distorted – I can’t wait to head to the printers to get a good print taken – so I apologise for the quality! Hopefully you can still get the idea from these photos. This is the biggest subject and piece that I’ve attempted, so I hope you like it!

Bramble Leaf

I have a real soft spot for this painting! While walking in the Common in Southampton I walked past hundreds of bramble bushes, but the colours of the leaves when the light shines through caught my eye. When I looked closer and saw the variety and intesity of the colours – I knew I had to take it home and paint it! I worked on it for about 5 evenings after lectures – and it was one of my first ever paintings to be exhibited and go on sale!

Ivy leaf

I have a little thing for Ivy leaves, as it was the subject for my first ever botanical painting. With little time to paint at university, I like to choose subjects which are quick, but still fun to execute! The painting below isn’t my first ever painting, but one I worked on in my bedroom over 2 or 3 evenings last year!