Aqualegia

Something to make me happy, aqualegia flowers. Today’s #bandofsketchers prompt was happy. They are also called Colombine or Grannies bonnets.

Ours come out in May. They hibridize and come in many forms and colours, with double or single flowers, pale yellow, pinks, reds, blues and purples. Some of them are single colours and others are bi colour. When the flowers fade and the seed pods ripen I collect the seed and scatter it all over the garden so they come up the following year.

Galaxy

Today’s #bandofsketchers prompt was Space. It is a favourite subject. I love the Sky at Night Programme on the BBC. I’ve tried to paint the Whirlpool galaxy, using Arteza metallic watercolours and some black and white acrylic. A bit splodgy but the detail on the photo was overwhelming.

Bird collage

I did the drawing of a fingerprint for today’s #bandofsketchers prompt but there was some question of whether this was in line with the prompt. So I decided to do a fingerprint out of black monoprinting cut up in a collage. That didn’t really work because I couldn’t stick thin enough pieces of paper down. So it’s morphed into a rather cheeky couple of birds!

Print or not?

Today’s #bandofsketchers prompt was printed. I looked at print on newspapers, printed wallpaper, print on clothes, print on my computer screen. Fonts, colours, text sizes. But I decided to draw a fingerprint instead (not mine, imagined, based on a fingerprint but not something you could track down someone’s identity from). Apparently you can also identify people from their earprints!

Architectural?

Then Tuesdays #bandofsketchers prompt was architectural. My go to view when I don’t feel like going out is the Portmeirion factory across the road. I used black acrylic monoprint on white printing paper to give it texture and shadow. Then drew over the top and added a bit of pink post-it note.