Subject for next RHS submission

As a botanical artist, I have been thinking about what subject to illustrate for the next time I submit my work to the RHS. Having won a silver for my Magnolia series in March this year, I want to choose a subject that is likely to earn me an additional medal. As Wisteria flowered not long after the exhibition, I had thought about plants from the Pea family, then seeing red berries from one of the Nightshade family (Solanum) in the hedgerows, I thought of doing that. I am in the middle of one botanical watercolour painting (Solanum dulcamara), but they have quite a sprawling habit and therefore a painting needs to show this.

We have four crab apple trees in our garden and three of them are heavily laden this year. They too make a good subject. I would have to find four more trees though to make the series of eight.

Today, I have been doing drawings, making colour samples and taking pictures of the fruit and leaves, so that I have something to start with. Hopefully I can add the flowers and young spring leaves to the preparatory work next year. I might do this series in colour pencil.

This means that in fact I have some material already on the go to do two separate series. I wonder which one will get there first?

Trying to set up this Blog

A kind friend showed me how easy it was to set up this blog the other day. I have now spent all day trying  to replicate what he told me. Unfortunately, I must be a little slow on the uptake, as it hasn’t gone quite as smoothly as I imagined. But I will get there and I will have this blog linked to my website at http://www.gaynorsflora.com.

I spent ages reading the instructions for my website; If all else fails read the instructions! After that I think I understood the terminology a little better.

As I am a botanical artist and the work I do is very time consuming for each picture, I inevitably feel that the time I used here was used in painting. Also the sun shone brilliantly today and the garden weeds called.