Sunday, April 29

MY GARDEN


Pigment liner & watercolour: A6 Venezia sketchbook

Today's location was my garden.

Everything in the garden seems to be blooming early and it's looking so pretty I decided to take a few moments today to create a sketch. I chose 'Charlie', the statue I purchased in memory of my Nephew. The statue is usually known as 'The whistling boy' and he stands proudly in the corner beside my laundry shed, underneath an apple tree and climbing rose which births cream blooms that turn a shade of yellow with age. The Spring bulbs are now fading soon to be replaced with delphiniums and Jacobs ladder in hues of purple and blue. A dash of red breaks the green of the laurel bush when the redcurrants ripen and a hoard of butterflies, bees and birds keep Charlie company throughout the year, as was my intention. Various shells from our visits to the beach decorate the soil surrounding the base of the column upon which Charlie stands, as well as 'gems' my youngest finds in the yard, such as feathers and fossils.

It is a beautiful corner in the garden, in full view from the house and yet safe from human footsteps.

18 comments:

phthaloblu said...

Sound like a very quiet and peaceful place. I love the description of your garden. I am working on my own garden and hoping it will be an oasis of peace from the outside world. This drawing is really, really nice and I an feel the peace and solitude.

Anita said...

Thankyou Phthaloblu, so pleased the tranquility passed across in the sketch.
I created my garden from 4ft of stinging nettles 4 years ago, it's been and still is very hard work but I love it's continuous rewards. I will have to take some pics and make a blog entry on it sometime.
I started a new Venezia sketchbook just for my garden sketches today, so perhaps they will, in time, show the garden off here in my blog.
Wouldn't it be fantastic for you to start a garden sketchbook now, right at the beginning of your oasis, and watch it develop through life and sketch....Oooh, there's an idea! ;)

aPugsLife-laserone said...

Oh this is really cool. Beautiful job. I just love cozy gardens. :)

Dave said...

That boy looks like he's been up to mischief and is trying to look innocent! It looks like a lovely garden. I really like the idea of having a garden statue; I've bid on one a few times at auctions, but not won. I really like this drawing.

Karen said...

Very nice modeling of volume on the statue, Anita

caseytoussaint said...

This is a charming sketch - a perfect balance of line work and wash.

Anonymous said...

Love your description of the garden corner I know so well. You are marvellous with words - oh yes, Charlie looks good too!!
Joannie

shirley said...

Lovely sketch and commentary - but sad. The parts of your home that we are seeing are so interesting.

TJ said...

Thanks for the lovely new sketch. I, too, have a spot in my garden with a tiny angel pedestal in memory of my dear friend Reta - gone too early - I think of her often.

Thanks for sharing this lovely sketch.

Terry

Anita said...

Thankyou Pugs!

Anita said...

Dave you couldn't be more right, 'Charlie' moves constantly or leans despite the fact that we have levelled the ground he stands upon a zillion times.
We have a local guy that sells statues from outside his house in the village.I have 4 altogether, one of which is a water feature that sits on the edge of my pond and looks beautiful WHEN the pump works!
Thankyou, it is a turning into a lovely garden and quickly too, it is just 4 years old.

Anita said...

Thankyou Karen!

Anita said...

Thanx Casey!

Anita said...

Thanx Joannie!

Anita said...

Thankyou Shirley. Yes sad, Charlie only lived long enough to break our hearts and his grave is over 70 miles from me, I wanted him to have a place in our daily lives and it has worked wonderfully.

Anita said...

Thankyou Terry. Sorry for the loss of your friend Reta, do you find the statue memorial helps you to cope better with the loss?

Africantapestry said...

A lovely drawing! You have nice color and texture in your drawing and it really conveys peace and quiet.
Ronell

Anita said...

Thankyou Ronell, glad to hear the atmosphere came across in the sketch.