I owe you a extreme update on what I have and have not been doing since the last post.
Well…. Spring means for me to get a start on vegetable plants that needs to start early before putting them out in the garden. I usually start with peppers that takes the longest, then tomatoes, eggplants and usually the last ones to start indoors are the fastest growers of them all, cucumbers, zucchinis and basil plants and rest will go into the ground.
Plus, I am managing a community garden plot similar to allotment gardens in my area and working part time elsewhere. This is taking up a lot of my time, but it is worth doing it for myself. I am loving it, I used to be a market gardener years ago, but when I moved into a different area, I had to adapt, not able to do the market garden again. Different rules too, so I moved on into other areas like retail and more. I still kept growing plants inside, outside of my life with herbs and small pockets of vegetables.
But now it feels right again, and I think I will not let it go again. Now with the season of gardening , I can start concentrating on other areas of my life and interests.
Summer to me means painting drawing the outdoors. I am also out of practice in drawing the plants and trees. Still can’t figure out the bronze shade of burgundy of the Silva lettuce and brownish/purplish shade of the indigo rose cherry tomato. The Tomato is not working out for me at this time, but I will try to do more on it.
these first tests were used with some OLD watercolour sets that I was given years ago. I used them first to try out different shades and techniques for trying to capture the shade and colour of the leaves. Most of it did not turn out right…. too many layers added too soon. It was a very hot, humid kind of day, I did not need to go to work, garden weeded and plants are in the ground.
My first try was with colour pencils a couple weeks ago, I think I came close a shade or two. I used a set of pastel pencils and used some of my OLD original color pencils from High School, I think, there were 3 sets of them, all shades were different and so different colours that I forgotten about. They worked out better than the watercolour ones.
My poor sketchbook! it buckled, curled in protested the abuse that I put it thru. I did not want to use my good watercolour paper sheets until I get very close to what I can see.
But I am working on it!!!!!
Plan on working on real watercolour paper with proper wc paints this week sometime, if the hubby does not eat all the lettuce in the fridge. But more is coming, just need to find the time to do the studies.
Ps: Any advice is welcome