Agapanthus in progress.

This is a piece that, again, I have been working on for a while. I was lucky enough to be invited on a wonderful holiday with one of my friends to Tresco, and island in the Isles of Scilly. A beautiful place, and in peak summer Agapanthus are in full bloom.

I decided that these would make a challenging, but wonderful subject. I started with a pencil drawing from life, and then made of copy with tracing paper using a fine ink pen. I like having an ink drawing, as well as the origninal drawing, on tracing paper as not only can I use the drawings again, but I can also superimpose them onto my work as I paint to ‘check’ that everything is going right! The photo is a crop of the entire composition, which includes the long stem, and I potentially may add in some leaves.

Below are two photos of the work in progress. I started with the stems, as I wanted to make sure that they were perfect before I moved onto the flowers and buds.

I hope you like it! I will upload more photos as I go.

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Strawberry Study

Today I wanted to do a small study to keep me occupied during the Wimbledon Ladies Final! I chose a strawberry to keep with the Wimbledon theme. I remembered to take photos as I worked this time – but again, I apologise for the quality. I need to find a method of scanning inbetween taking photographs and getting a professional print! Anyway – here it is!

And then the final version of the study…