Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Each one of us has special markers of springtime, usually several:  daffodils, flocks of geese returning, apple blossoms, etc.  For me a spring wouldn't be complete without red-winged blackbirds and I hope to always be where I get to hear some sandhill cranes.

Last month Dale and I spent several mornings sitting at the edge of a little marsh savoring the antics of red-winged blackbirds.  These are all field sketches.  A more elaborate description is on my blog:

Note the female redwing with nesting material and a male chasing off a raven.


It's always sad to come to the end of a sketchbook that's been with me for several months and this one in particular has become one of my favourites as it's filled with lots of different papers giving me a new challenge every time I turn the page!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Into Style

Photo 1. Setting up my new studio in Dalkey, Ireland.
Photo 2. My fabric designs based on my botanical coloured pencil drawings.
Photo 3. My two tulip pillows. 
Photo 4. Coloured Pencil Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Spring into style and up-skill your talents, that's what springtime is about for me. 

During our move from the Netherlands to Ireland, I've worked on the two pillows shown above. They are fabric prints, by, of my coloured pencil drawings. A few stitches per day was something I could do wherever I was and no matter how busy I was.

I've lost a sketchbook during our move. I can recall some sketches in great detail, but I'm worried there were sketches I can't remember.
Are there more artists at Sketching in Nature who lost a sketchbook and how did they deal with it?

Paula Kuitenbrouwer


At last the weather has warmed up and we're able to walk down our favourite lanes without getting covered in mud!  The lavoir de Mez Gouez, close to our home, is a delight at the moment, the ground is carpeted with white oxalis and purple violets so I brought a few home to draw after putting them in a pretty pottery coffee cup.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Mediterranean maquis -Concetta Flore

Saturday I went out with my class to the dunes of Castelporziano, near Rome. We'd spent all the previous lesson mixing  greens, and this was to put the lesson in practice. I must say it really worked, I saw the difference between the ones who'd skipped that lesson!
I always try to practice at the same time, so as to demonstrate the procedure. Not an easy task; we were against the sun, and the maquis had an overall warm appearance, with flecks of light reflecting from hundreds of leaves.
We were in a shaded spot, luckily , so not blinded by the sun.

PS the migration is late. At this time of  year you should have swallows and many passerines already busy in the maquis, although the peak is usually last week of april, when the females arrive.But a hoopoe was seen, fresh from Africa.

Saturday, March 28, 2015


The camellias are blooming all over Perros-Guirec at the moment and filling our lives with such wonderful colour.  These are in my garden on a huge shrub by my entrance so they can be seen and appreciated by all who pass down the lane.