I was given an orchid stem and experimented with it. I had made some paper and wanted to try to use it for painting. It was an interesting experience!

Watercolour on hand-made paper, 15 by 20cm


Apple, Pears and Shells

I liked how the colours of the apple, pears, shells and paper harmonised. I kept them in a circle as a pattern and drew them through each other. Then I worked them up with graphitint and pastel pencils, and outlined them with a pen.

Pencils and pen on coloured paper, 17 by 21cm

Apple and Shells

A pencil and pen study of an apple and some shells. I kept the drawing as simple as possible. The red of the apple with the slight pink blush in the shells attracted me. I drew them in pencil, then used graphitint pencils, and outlined with a pen.

Pencils and pen study, 11 by 16 cm


I played with forms, colours and patterns, trying to repeat each through the picture until I thought it made a coherent whole.

Water colour, inktense pencils and pen, 14.5 by 19.5cm

Fat Rosehips

I saw some big, fat rosehips in Queens Park. They looked so inviting in the late autumn sun, I made a quick sketch of them and later put on a wash and used my pen.

Quick watercolour sketch with pen, 17 by 19cm

A Full Table

I stylised a still-life based on a friend’s table.  I kept the palette limited to a narrow range and repeated the colours to anchor the parts together.

Watercolour, inktense pencils and black pen, 19.5 by 14.5cm

Carrot scape

I drew carrots on a plate, then used pastel pencils to put colour on them. I kept to the real colours and shadows. From a shortish distance, it looks like the landscape between the towns of Clinton and Balclutha in a dryish summer.

Pastel pencils, 13 by 15cm