Alkanet, Pentaglottis sempervirens, grows
in the shade by the side of a grassy path under poplars with hogweed,
nettle, white deadnettle, primrose, honesty and red campion at the
woodland edge of the garden of the cottage we're staying in. There's
a blue swathe of it at the edge the lane to Bacton church, growing
at the foot of a wall.
The ink in the Artists Sketching Pen I bought this
morning is alcohol based. Drawing the hawthorn blossom
(top right) on this Gutenberg paper is like drawing on
blotting paper with it and unfortunately odd blobs go right through
to the other side of the page.
This Edding 1800 with an 0.3 mm fibre tip in black
permanent ink is much better suited for drawing the detail of the
blossom on the hedge by the alkanet (blossom drawn 24/5/05).
5.15 p.m. I painted these with my larger paintbox, the White
Nights watercolours, as I waited for Barbara and her mum outside
Sainsbury's supermarket North Walsham.
You can see where the brown of the Artists Sketching Pen seeped through
the page (see above).
so much foliage waving about in the afternoon sun, changing its appearance
as I painted, I felt I hadn't caught the structure of the trees so I switched
to a brown pen (Edding 1800?) and started drawing the left hand side of
the group again.
Richard Bell, email@example.com