Now is the season for spotting ivy carpeting the woodland or garden floors and wrapping itself around trees reaching down to the ends of their branches. Ivy is the Halloween plant, especially covered in frost, dew or spiders' webs, and autumn is the time to see it flowering and budding in time to offer its black berries to the birds over winter.
Painting British wildlife from the garden includes the mini-beasts (such as woodlice) that often go unnoticed as they scuttle beneath the leaves on the ground, scamper over moss-covered stones and burrow into decaying old logs. Bugs, beetles and other insects are particularly fond of rooting around old garden logs covered in ivy, such as those in a wild patch at the end of the garden.
This watercolour started off as a detailed painting of an ivy leaf - a well-known garden, hedgerow and woodland habitat for a large variety of insects - but didn't seem complete without the inclusion of this little beastie!
|Watercolour painting of a woodlouse and ivy from the garden.|
The woodlouse was painted larger than life - as they often appear, to children who are happy to inspect them closely.