Back garden shed

My wife and I have done a lot of work in the back garden over the past year. It is the one part of our overall property that we’ve been able to make some meaningful changes to by adding a shed (and trying to keep it clear of mold), raised beds, and rockery. The dog loves it, and the plants seem to as well.

Close-up of painting of garden shed and dog.
Close-up of painting of garden shed and plants surrounding the shed..

I used a pencil, a Uniball Vision pen, Derwent Inktense Watercolors, and Derwent Waterbrushes for this painting.

Painting of garden shed, raised beds, and a dog.

Elie from the bedroom window

The family and I got away for a little trip last week and we stayed at an AirBnB with a great little view from the back bedroom window. Here is a little drawing/painting I did of what the view looked like.

Close-up of watercolor of Elie village in Scotland with water in the background.
Close-up of watercolor painting of Elie village in Scotland with water in the background.

I used a pencil, a Uniball Vision pen, Derwent Inktense Watercolors, and Derwent Waterbrushes for this painting.

Me and the kids playing and drawing in the bedroom.
I love afternoon drawing in the sun.
It doesn’t look it here, but it was actually sunny for a few days on our trip.
Watercolor of Elie village in Scotland with water in the background.

Dark sky stream

Inspired by a recent walk with the dog. I glanced at this while crossing a little bridge into one of the neighborhoods nearby our house and loved the way the sun was peeking out over the clouds and treeline.

Close-up of watercolor painting of stream and bridge in the distance.

I used a pencil, a Uniball Vision pen, Derwent Inktense Watercolors, and Derwent Waterbrushes for this painting.

Here is a photo of the scene that inspired this painting:

Sunrise over a stream with a bridge in the distance.
Watercolor painting of stream and bridge in the distance.

Whidbey beach

One of my favorite places in the whole world is the San Juan Islands in the Puget Sound. This was inspired by a trip to one of those islands (Whidbey), in early 2017. For those that don’t know, here is where the island is:

Close-up of watercolor painting of beach and the San Juan islands in the distance.

I used a pencil, a Uniball Vision pen, Derwent Inktense Watercolors, and Derwent Waterbrushes for this painting.

Close-up of watercolor painting of beach and the San Juan islands in the distance.
Watercolor painting of sunset on Whidbey Island beach with the San Juan islands in the distance.

Yellow winter field

Another painting I did this past winter similar to the field at sunset. This one is of a gully that is nearby our house and next to a larger field. The grasses grow wild in the summer, making it hard to pass through, but in the winter it is totally different. Our dog loves to plow through this stream on her way to chase a deer. Next time I’ll try to get her in the painting. 😉

Close-up of watercolor painting of a yellow field and stream.

I used a pencil, a Uniball Vision pen, Derwent Inktense Watercolors, and Derwent Waterbrushes for this painting.

Close-up of watercolor painting of a yellow field and stream.

Here is the photo that this painting was based on:

Landscape of field and stream with leafless trees against a grey sky.
Watercolor painting of a yellow field and stream against a grey background.

Main St tomatoes

I’ve been stuck in the living room with a back injury and what is in front of me is my wife’s tomato plants, the dog, and the kids toys. I love doing these urban sketches of the house and not worrying about it being perfect.

Close-up of illustration of living room with dog and tomato plants.

I used a pencil, a Uniball Vision pen, Derwent Inktense Watercolors, and Derwent Waterbrushes for this painting.

Close-up of illustration of living room with dog and tomato plants.
Watercolor illustration of living room with tomato plants and dog lying on the floor.

Winter field at sunset

I did this a while ago but never got around to publishing it here. This painting was inspired by walks in the field during sunset in December. The sun sets so early in the winter this scene was based on a photo taken just before 4pm!

Close-up of painting of winter field in Scotland.

I used a pencil, a Uniball Vision pen, Derwent Inktense Watercolors, and Derwent Waterbrushes for this painting.

Close-up of painting of winter field in Scotland.

Here is the photo that the painting was based on:

Panoramic of a field at sunset.
Watercolor painting of a field in Scotland.

Blue bell wood

This one “looks like The Gruffalo” says my wife. I don’t disagree. 😃 This scene is part of the field where we take our dog Rubee for walks. The woods here are now finally full and the floor is covered with bluebell flowers (I think that is what they are called anyway). It’s quite cool and made for a good challenge with this watercolor attempt.

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Morning colors

I love my mornings and often the morning (and late evening) is the best weather-wise here in Scotland. Here is a little watercolor I did that was inspired by the morning sky.

Close up of watercolor painting of the morning sky in blue and yellow.

I used pencil, Derwent Inktense watercolors, and a Uniball Eye pen on this painting.

Close up of watercolor painting of the morning sky in blue and yellow.

Here is a photo I snapped on the walk which inspired this painting:

Morning sky with blue and yellow clouds.
Watercolor painting of the morning sky in blue and yellow.

Back garden under construction

This is a view of our back garden as of a few weeks ago. Those trees you see are now in the ground, but things are still very much under construction. I hadn’t yet drawn the church by our house, so I liked the challenge of that as well as all the layers in this view. I have some ideas for more drawings featuring the church as it is such a cool building (200+ years old). I liked experimenting with a more storybook style of color and illustration on this one.

I used pencil and a Uniball Micro Pen first and then added color with Derwent Inktense watercolors and water pens.

Here was the original picture for the drawing.

Back garden with trees in pots.
Painting of trees in pots and church in the background.