After months of not doing any assignments, the day has come for me to get my SBA work back under-way. Working in the Field is a lovely assignment and one that I really enjoyed working on. The piece needs to reflect the flora of one habitat using dissections, sketches and watercolour.
For this piece I have chosen a hedgerow habitat just because I love the wildness and occasional surprising find that is often just a stones-throw away from our own doorstep but often ignored. Identifying an extraordinarily large number of species in a relatively small area, I have loads of lovely plants and flowers to choose from. Hedgerows are actually a priority habitat in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, supporting a vast number of plant species as well as being a vital habitat and food source for animals and insects, including our rare butterflies and bees.
|Bee on knapweed in the garden|
Much of the prep work for this one had been done last year and although I am in the happy position of being able to change my mind and start again from scratch, I think I will stick with what I went with last time around. You may remember some of these.
|Late summer berries of a Tutsan|
These eventually go deep purply-black
|Two of the preparation drawings from last year|
A feather caught on a thorn might make the final piece
Bramble, Dog Rose, Meadow Cranesbill, Tutsan and Bittersweet will be the five species that I will use across two pages. A few dissections, studies of berries and flowers and perhaps a few insects here and there will add a bit more interest and on this one I am able to write on the front of the piece, (something that is not generally permitted) so I will have to make sure that my handwriting is up to scratch.
|The bramble and meadow cranesbill|
Including grasses and ivy offers a suggestion
of the habitat
With lots to finish before I can even begin to think about starting this lot, I had better get cracking!