I have had a couple of weeks off after a very stressful time at work, so haven’t been posting much this month. I have been up at Castlemaine and re-energising myself with lovely walks in the bush, sketchy walks of course.
I have been catching the last of the main spring flowering and getting the confidence to do some larger drawings of the surroundings. There is a stark beauty to the dry scrubby bush around here, but one that is difficult to translate into an interesting drawing. The picture of ‘The Monk’ above is my best effort to date and it gives me encouragement that I might be able to translate this beauty to the paper so others can see it.
I am gradually going through and identifying the names of the flowers I am drawing, not as easy as it sounds, I think it takes me as long to identify them as to draw them, but found some really helpful blogs and websites in the process. The grasses are starting to flower and set seed now, not great for my hay-fever but pretty to see. My favourite grass is what I have always called shimmy grass but is actually quaking grass. I think shimmy is a much better name as it conjures up dancing while quacking links to fear. This grass is definitely dancing in the slightest breeze.
A few different types of everlasting are out, the one with the many branching florets is the grey everlasting while the other is a little button plant called Scaly Buttons. There is also a seed head of the Spiny Rush, which lives up to its name as the points of the leaves are really sharp.
My best find was these tiny, little pea like flowers which were hiding in the grass called Twining Glycine.
I haven’t been just drawing flowers in my sketchbook, I have started on some new works for an exhibition that I have been asked to join at the end of January. More news about this in the next blog.