The British Library released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images, allowing their release back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startlingContinue reading “British library releases 1,000,000 images!”
I came across this apple tree in May 2015 in Scariff, at the Irish Seed Savers Association orchards. The name tag made me laugh (see below). Small to medium sized apple with an irregular shape. Pale yellow-green with large crimson blush. Its origins are in County Armagh. In the fall, the tree bears heavily, perhapsContinue reading “Widow’s friend—Irish heritage apples”
From basic shapes I’ve moved to a first, detailed drawing on tracing paper. I’ll continue to refine a bit and then transfer to good paper for a very detailed drawing—lightly drawn. Then color. Slow but sure. Below is the live specimen I’m using as a model.
The Peche Melba was brought to England from Bessborough, County Kilkenny in 1930. A large to very large apple, round to round conical. Irregular and lopsided. Green to yellowish green with orange-red flush. Red stippling with only slight russeting. Picking early September. Note: Information on these apples comes from a wonderful book, “The Heritage ApplesContinue reading “Peche Melba—Irish Heritage Apples”
A diversion, and the beginning of a possible composition. Tennessee Purple Coneflowers, from my backyard. Just shapes and gestures now. The goal, as always, is a delicate precision, and to show the scruffy beauty of these tough little wildflowers. It always faces the east—how cool is that?!
I’ve started kicking around some initial composition ideas for my primrose (Primula vulgaris). HB pencil and tracing paper, cutting up pieces I like and repositioning them until something clicks. Redrawing and redrawing. That’s how it starts. It’s messy but it’s also freeing since there is no risk at this point. This is how the sausageContinue reading “Irish primrose”
The Irish Peach was first described in 1820 in “Descriptions of Some of the Best Varieties of Irish Apples”. It is believed to have been raised in County Sligo. Introduced to England in 1820. It is a medium sized, round, irregular shaped apple. Pale yellow to yellowish green. Blushed red with carmine stippling. Picking earlyContinue reading “Irish Peach—Irish Heritage Apples”
The Scarlet Crofton was said to have been brought from England to Sir Malby Crofton, Longford House, County Sligo during the reign of Elizabeth I, in the late 1500’s or early 1600’s. It was re-introduced into England by nurseryman John Robertson of Kilkenny in 1819. It is a medium sized, oblong, slightly uneven apple. PaleContinue reading “Scarlet Crofton—Irish Heritage Apples”
Last class was Tuesday night. All of it was devoted to getting as much individual attention as possible, this being the last chance to talk to the instructor for a month. Everyone is at a different stage in the process. I’m doing ok. I think I’ve solved my leaf problems but I’ve got hours toContinue reading “Cowslips progressing”
This past week was spent struggling to figure out the complex textures of the Primula leaves. I was expending a lot of time and effort and getting unsatisfactory results. My process—underpainting, then layering colors dark to light—just wasn’t working. By the time class started Tuesday night I was really frustrated. But, a brief conversation withContinue reading “Cowslip leaves”