Friday, July 15, 2011

A Cheshire Garden in July

A Cheshire Garden in July 2011
pen and ink and coloured pencil on Arches, 10" x 14"
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
Rampant is a good word to describe my Mother's garden in July.  Cosmo loves it!  He shimmies in and out of the plants - creeping up close and watching the collar doves on the bird table and trying to track down and catch anything small that moves. 

I must however practice drawing doves as these are really not very good.  What I liked about the doves  is that they now realise that Cosmo is never going to be able to jump up and catch them - so they just sit there and taunt him!

I was up in Cheshire to collect my cats from their very long holiday with my Mother - and to recover from my very long drive back from Provence.   This sketch was done first thing in the morning while sat in my armchair next to the French windows. It's the same place I do all the sketches of this garden from.  You can see more here:
Time now to get a proper record of the trip up on this blog as plans for doing that while I was away were thwarted by the lightning strike and loss of internet.  Blog posts were strictly one image only.  So I'll be focusing on that in the near future - starting at the beginning - and including relevant photos of the trip.

I've started to load the photos onto Flickr and if you want a preview you can see them all in a Flickr collection called Provence 2011.


  1. I love your Cheshire Garden drawings, Katherine and this one is another beauty.

  2. AnonymousJuly 15, 2011

    That's just become my favourite image for July. What a beautiful sketch of your mother's garden.
    I am looking forward to seeing some more of your sketches from Provence. It looks like a really fabulous trip.

  3. Beautiful gardens, Katherine, and I agree with the others that this one is especially lovely. And I love Cosmos. The birds catch on to these guys, quickly, and change their Agenda to fit the cat.


  4. Beautiful drawing! I love the dark areas that set off all the colours. Sounds like Cosmo had a wonderful holiday too!

  5. He did indeed. I had to capture him to take him home.

    It made me think that now "he who must not be bored while I sketch" is retiring we need to make a move to the country and a really nice garden for Cosmo a major priority.

  6. This is are almost every one of your sketches. May I know how long it took you to complete this one?
    Many thanks in advance.

  7. Well I drew it out in pen and ink on the first morning. It's a big drawing. The page is 11.5" x 16.5".

    Then the next morning I got going on the coloured pencils

    Third morning was devoted to tinkering with the values and erasing highlights.

    The thing is if I'm doing a sketch of a particular time of day I only really want to work on it when the light is right.

    Me and Monet agree on that one! ;)

  8. A place in the country for Cosmos sounds ideal, Katherine. And in return for your thoughtfulness, Cosmos might stay still long enough for Quick Poses-- not that I ever met a cat who showed gratitude...

  9. It's Cosmo - not Cosmos Annie. I don't want him to turn into a flower! ;)

  10. This looks like a wonderful place, so peaceful and full of colours, and your painting has surely added some magic to it. It's a joy for the eye!

  11. Katherin, This drawing is beautiful,love the colores ectCan you give me info on colored pencils how to use them in a book or dvd? What pen do you use to draw your scences? Thank you so I wish you had a step by step on this drawing,

  12. Linda - take a look at my websites

    You'll find most of the answers to your questions there


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