Our sweet daughters were kind enough to send this bunch of flowers to my wife last Sunday, so the next day I sketched them. The flowers were for UK Mother’s Day…the Philippines has another Mother’s Day which I think follows the US date…so my wife get’s two celebrations each year. I think there is only one international Father’s Day though….dang!
Most years I buy flowers for my wife on Valentine’s Day – we bought these together in Baguio and brought them home. I had to sketch them before they died. They were difficult to paint too as they were white, with just a hint of pale green/yellow.
The #Melogallery #HomeboundSketching prompt for 15th May was “flowers”. As I am restricted to sketching in the evening (I am lucky to have work during the day) I couldn’t draw any real plants, so instead sketched this silk rose, which I think one of our daughters bought one Valentine’s Day years ago. The brown vase is another relic – an odd shaped piece of pottery I picked up from the venue where I did life drawing during my university years.
This is my first sketch in my new sketchbook – lovely heavy paper, but as always it will take a little time to get used to the change. On Fridays we finish work at 4pm and it only takes me 20 minutes to get home, so I jumped at the chance to sketch this view from my apartment. Even so, the light was fading fast as I finished.
I am back in Turks and Caicos and here is my first sketch done in the new apartment I am staying in (yes, I stay in a different place each time I come). In the centre of the living room is a little coffee table with plastic flowers and a clock…I guess the air-freshener is meant to provide the artificial scent?
There are shells all over this apartment – and I just discovered two more, plus more plastic flowers, on top of the cupboard over the oven. I haven’t run out of things to sketch in my apartment yet, but I may do soon!
Last Thursday I thought I was going to fall asleep, but then I remembered I wanted to sketch these flowers. Also a commenter on Facebook reminded me that this is a daily journal…so I can’t keep missing days – even if I did have an exhausting day stretching my mind around statistics and regression analysis! In case its not clear the flowers are reflected in both a mirror and the table.
This sketch was done on the day of my fathers funeral – sweetpeas were one of his favourite flowers, which he always grew.
It’s been 20 years since we got married (last Wednesday 27). I think asters are the traditional flower for a 20th anniversary but the flower sellers could only show me sad looking little daisy-like flowers when I asked. So instead I bought these gorgeous roses for my wife. Difficult to draw but wonderful to look at and smell!
Here is another evening sketch. My dad bought my mum some more roses…a perfect sketching subject. On top of the cabinet is a little DVD player, which may have seemed fancy a few years ago but these days seems rather antiquated when so many people stream movies.