I’ve known Renita for a while now. Originally from America, Renita now lives in Wigtown, which the book town in Scotland, with the most stunning views across the estuary. When I’ve performed at the festival, the children have all been whipped up to a frenzy by Renita, who welcomes them in and “settles them down” [...]
Tag: Natural History
You’ve seen the compare the meerkat and you’ve watched Meerkat Manor so now get a pencil and some paper and learn how to draw them for yourself. It’s simples, peeps!
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We had a day out shopping in Cardiff today. I saw the pair of shoes in John Lewis and thought they were a pefect example of form over function. They are not exactly perfect for playing basketball in!
The Daffodil hat was in the window of a shop selling everything Welsh. I imagine there must be rows of human daffodils that turn up to rugby games at the Millenium Stadium.
I took a short cut through a little garden park in the centre and was almost bowled over by the scent from a tree that I think might be a witch hazel.
On the way home, we were preceded by a fabulous rainbow that danced across the road in front of us. I can’t remember when I last saw such a bright one.
The trouble with going downhill is that you have to go all the way back up again. I was determined to find where two paths meet, so I carried on downhill until I got to the bottom of the valley. The circular route back up was very steep, but at least it opened out into this view across the forest.
I think my favourite tree is the Beech. I love their root systems, they way they twist and turn, making little caves and hollows. The bark has a metal quality, it looks as strong as iron. When I was a boy we woulld make little villages in the caves and garages for dinky cars at the bottom of a huge beech tree.
The edge of the forest is often used as a garden rubbish dump by locals. I came across this cyclamen, which must have been dumped there at some point. It’s not a wild variety.
Walking down the hill, I came across the barred up mine entrance in the picture. The Forest is riddled with mineshafts and quarries. This quarry will eventually break through to another, massive quarry behind it. A lot of the landscape is made from quarry and. Watch where you are going!
My computer got snarled up backing up stuff to DVD disc this afternoon, so I thought I’d do a quick lesson in how to draw a Hamster.
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Just in time for St. David’s Day on March 1st, here is a lesson in how to draw a daffodil. St David is the Patron Saint of Wales. For my international readers, England is not the whole Island of Britain. Wales is on the west and Scotland is on the north side of England. Ireland is an island on its own to the west of Britain.
Wales is a country with its own language and culture. The Daffodil is the national flower of Wales.
I am English. I live about six miles from the Welsh border. My children went to school in Wales where they learned a bit of Welsh, my Grandmother was a Welsh speaker and I lived in Welsh-speaking, wild, West Wales for a while, when I was starting out as an illustrator. I learned a tiny little bit of Welsh in all that time. I was sat on my own for most of the time – you need to hear a language all day long to really pick it up.
You can always draw daffodils to celebrate spring or for a Mother’s Day card – which isn’t too far off either.
My Valentine Rose drawing school video has proved very popular and on the strength of it, I’ve been asked to draw an Irish Shamrock for St Patrick’s Day. Here you are…
Such a crisp, clear day. The sun was shining and the air was biting cold. Up in the forest the shafts of sunlight slid through the bare trees, lighting up areas that will soon be darkened by spring leaves, for there are signs already. Shoots are appearing on the wild clematis and the catkins are lengthening on the hazel. Snowdrops are bursting through the ground in my garden. January is nearly at an end an spring can’t be too far away.
I can sense it! The snowdrops are bursting through the soil, the Collar Doves are cooing to each other, the catkins are lengthening – as are the days – spring can’t be far away. And it’s only two weeks to St Valentine’s Day.
So – why not surprise your loved on with a real, live drawing of a single red rose? Why not draw your own Valentine’s day card this year and show how romantic you really are?
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With a bit of Bulldog spirit, you too can learn to draw a bulldog by following this easy lesson. Now if mega wide HD. May contain nuts.
So nice to get out in the sunshine and walk without fear of slipping over in the snow. Well, there was a bit of snow covering the paths in the forest, but never mind it almost felt like spring. They say we might get snow next week again. The rain came pouring down yesterday and washed a lot of the snow away. The air was so moist and misty, the raindrops just hung in the branches.
I’ve chosen a spot from which to take the same picture of trees. if I get enough pictures over the year, I’ll be able to put them together as a movie of the seasons. When I was young at school, we made a whole fairy village at the base of a beech tree, using all the little caves in the roots as hobbit homes.
I love the base of the beech tree, I think it’s my favourite tree. The roots always knot up into interesting shapes.
Found a lump of snow on the side of the road that was full of grit. It made an interesting texture and reminded me of being on a glacier in the Columbia Icefield in Canada. Humans were bringing grit onto the ice on the bottom of their boots. The grit, being dark, warms up and melts the ice more than it would without the grit.