Sketching nature can take many forms. This watercolour and ink study of a bee and some blackberries from the garden started out as a rough sketch of the berries and the bramble leaf.
|Botanical Art Journal : Bees and Blackberries in Watercolour and Ink. London. Kent.|
The process of sketching can be relaxing as well as a means of developing observational skill and discovering more about flowers, fruits or wildlife. Most importantly, sketching is an enjoyable activity. Regular botanical and nature sketching will soon fill a botanical art journal.
Once this nature sketch of the berries was done, the bee was added, then the ladybird. The pencil lines were enhanced with watercolour and ink, then text and lettering were added freehand to fill out the spaces on the paper and explore layout options.
Slowly, a botanical journey was underway on a warm afternoon, a perfect moment for sketching, as the bees buzzed around some nearby flowers in the background and filled the day with summer - resulting in a composition that would make a delightful entry in a botanical art journal or nature sketchbook; this was done on loose watercolour paper.
It will be added to other reference paintings and sketches that will be used in further artwork at a later time. The lettering will be properly set out and spaced, the painted edges will be crisp and a few small layout adjustments will transform this initial sketch with watercolour and ink, into a neatly finished piece of artwork.
Sketching workshops, botanical art classes and wildlife art in London and Kent.