Sketching at a Nursery


Do you ever head to your local nursery to ogle the plants and drink in the amazing colors and textures, or is it just me?  I love to check out the plants and stop to smell the roses when I visit nurseries and gardens.  I find such places very inspiring artistically.

So, when I visited a nursery a few weeks ago, I took along some basic art supplies and made myself at home.  Not only did I take my iPhone to snap photos, I brought some sketching supplies: my art journal, micron pens, and watercolor pencils.  I passed on using water on site, and opted to blend the colors at home later in the day.


There I was, plunked down next to some potted protea plants.  I was out of the walkway, so I took the liberty of spreading out my colored pencils for easier color selection.  I loved the colors and texture in the protea plant, and took some time to both sketch and color.


I’m definitely not a natural when it comes to sketching and drawing, but I really enjoyed playing. Sketching requires slowing down.  Really looking.  Being in the moment.  And since all those requirements are positive, I consider the process a success and a worthwhile way to spend my time, regardless of how the resulting image turns out.  In this case, I think it turned out well.


After I blended the color at home with water and a brush I added a bit of  silver metallic ink (gel pen) to really emphasize the silver/gray coloration near the tip of the protea bud.

Folks can be curious when they see something out of the ordinary, like someone sitting on the ground sketching a protea plant, but I don’t let that stop me.  So what if I look silly or get dirty?  I’m not shy when it comes to creating and going after what I want, and I hope you aren’t either.  If you love plants and nature as much as I do, I encourage you to get out there, get dirty, and enjoy the process!  Whether you’re sketching or taking photos, taking time to create out in nature is always worthwhile…

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm by Jo Murray | Permalink

    That is such a good idea Melody….mind if I steal it?

  2. Posted April 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thanks! No, I don’t mind at all. Sketch away! :]

  3. Posted April 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm by Carol | Permalink

    This is lovely Melody, and I think you ARE a sketcher. I liked seeing the process too. You must have looked gorgeous sitting on the ground in the nursery, surrounded by your bits and pieces!

  4. Posted April 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Aren’t you sweet? I probably looked kinda schlumpy, buried under a hat since I burn so easily, but I do like the idea of looking gorgeous as I sketched. ;] I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the different steps I took along the way…