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Water Lily Swirl

A quick(ish) drawing from this weekend - the flowers are water lilies (though one of them wants to be an artichoke when it grows up :), and the leaves are nothing like water lily leaves. The best thing about drawing - you can do whatever you want :)

I've found of late that I don't have a lot of patience to invest in serious shading, so I've been keeping it pretty simple with minimal layers. This one has a bit of pen shading and then a quick go over with a 3b pencil and tortillon. 

John decided this morning to come out and surprise me with some picture taking whilst I was milking. Here's me and Miss Jersey having a "thank you for the milk" kiss.

Don't you love my "roll out of bed and do the milking" hair? hahaha :)

Have a great day!


  1. Lovely drawing!!! And a lovely photo from You and Miss Jersey

  2. Your water lillies are so simple and delicate. It looks like Miss Jersey and you have a loving relationship.

    1. Thank you, Lianne :) I do love Miss Jersey, though she is really more interested in knowing if I might have more food for her hidden somewhere! h

  3. I got tired of shading too. It is perfect the way it is.

    1. I find it can get a bit boring for me, especially on a detailed piece :) Thank you! h

  4. I simply love how much feeling you can pull out of, put into, evoke, whatever with simple lines and shading (...pretty simple with minimal layers...) I've learned and continue to learn so much from your drawings, step outs, videos and books.

    Ah yes, I just can't seem to remember ever having such a loving relationship with our milk cows. Oh, testosterone driven, sleep deprived, teenage male in the late 50's - perhaps that explains the difference. Tell John I think he captured a beautiful moment beautifully; my favorite portraits are natural and un-posed. I'm imagining that big ole wet, sandpaper tongue that's about to come out and slurp the whole side of your face.

    1. Thank you, Dudley! Wonderful to hear :)

      Any chore is too much work when we're teenagers :) I also have only one girl to worry about and she's very easy to love. Who can resist those big brown eyes? And, yes, I do have to practice tongue avoidance regularly!!! hahaha.

  5. Even your cattle are beautiful lol! I just bought 3 e-books and so am in tangle paradise. You help me believe that what is in my minds eye can get on that paper :) Thank you so much.

    1. Well, this girl, especially :) Something about Jersey's I think. Thanks so much for purchasing my e-books - I am so glad to hear that you are having fun with them! h

  6. Helen, beauty is in the heart, not in the hair. Love the picture...has tons of character. Just like your artwork. And I like the 2nd India the contrast of darks/lights. Those heavily shaded black areas make it ALL stand out. BTW...I love your work.

    1. Thank you, Bonnie :) I find myself wavering between the two. I like the boldness of the second image and the airiness of the first. h


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