Weekly Sketch – Colourful Orchids – 10/02/2013

I haven’t been too well recently, confined to bed pretty much and unable to do anything really. But boredom pushed me to try and cheer myself up by drawing in colourful felt-tip pens, and as always a bit of black ink painted in too. More orchids, still thinking of brighter days for Spring.


I then thought I’d see how the above drawing would change with a little photoshop fill; what do you think, better with or better without?


(© Catherine Cronin)


Weekly Sketch – Orchid Medley – 28/01/2013

Still thinking about Spring and delighting in looking through old photos of visits to the annual Orchid Festival at Kew. Back to my favourite drawing medium and style; scribbley scrabbley black pen and ink for this medley of orchids.


(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Orchids – 20/01/2013

The snow has transformed my familiar surroundings into a fresh white sparkling winter wonderland. This is the view from my balcony.


Watching the snow drift silently down for hours, you would think I’d be inspired to draw this transformed landscape; but instead I found myself thinking of the annual Orchid Festival at Kew; even though I am enjoying this brief snowy magic I am yearning for signs of Spring. The Orchid Festival at Kew is a delight; wonderful blossoms in suprising shapes and colours. I revisited old pictures from previous visits to Kew and thought I’d try and draw with paint and ink for my weekly sketch.

I was trying to get away from my usual scratchy pen drawing style; I find it difficult to use paint, but I was hoping trying something different would have thrown up some new ideas to explore. Two of the results are a bit of a mess, and one is just very traditional looking. I have found that most of the time I make an ugly mess or boring images; but all that works somehow towards the few succeses.

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep. ” ~Scott Adams




(© Catherine Cronin)