Monthly Archives: June 2011


ArisaemaArisaema is genus of plants that includes over 150 different species. In North America the plant is commonly called Arisaema triphyllum or Jack-in-the-Pulpit.

My sketch is of the Japanese species Arisaema sikokianum more commonly called the Japanese Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Unlike it’s North American relative, the Japanese species is cultivated for home gardens which makes it an interesting plant for a garden botanical study.

Materials: 70# Canson drawing paper, Derwent artist colored pencils, colorless blender


Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Ruby Throated HummingbirdI’ve yet to see or hear any hummingbirds in my area this year but they should be around soon. Rather than paint one in flight I thought a resting pose would be fun, if you had to beat your arms as fast as they do you’d need a rest too :)

Materials: Arches 140# HP, Winsor & Newton and Dick Blick artist watercolors


Yellow Wagtail

Yellow WagtailI bought some new watercolor paints from Dick Blick and used them on a bird study of the yellow wagtail. This bird is not a species native to where I live; the inspiration came from one of the many art books I have collected over the years.

The feathers were done by layering dry brush strokes over a light wash of pale gray. His yellow supercilium and breast feathers are layered washes of gamboge mixed with the slightest bit of vermillion. I am definitely pleased with the way these new paints performed.

Materials: Arches 140# CP, Winsor & Newton and Dick Blick Artist watercolor paints


Apple Blossom

Apple BlossomLast fall we planted a crab apple tree and this spring we were rewarded with every branch filled with apple blossoms! When we purchased the tree we were told the blossoms would be “pink” we had no idea they would be a rich deep shade of pink that slowly faded to white petals tinged on the edges with pale pink. The transformation was fun to watch. This sketch is the in between stage, which was my favorite.

Materials: Strathmore Bristol paper and Derwent artist pencils



GrosbeakToday’s sketch is a bird study, in particular the grosbeak. Their unique beaks allow them to crack open seeds. There are many different species of grosbeaks, mine is similar to the immature Rose-breasted Grosbeak male ref.. I’ve taken a bit of artistic license and added a hint of the rose on his chest.

Materials: Canson 70lb drawing paper and Derwent artist pencils