Amanda is a Hamilton, ON based watercolour painter, sewing instructor, knitter, mother, and generally crafty person!

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Botanical Sketchbook Pages 1-3

Botanical Sketchbook Pages 1-3

Lilac buds, crocus and a budding hyacinth from our garden. 

Lilac buds, crocus and a budding hyacinth from our garden. 

Since the first buds started to pop out in the spring I have been steadily working on my botanical sketchbook. After the first few sketches on random scraps of paper, I bought this Moleskine artists watercolour book because it has an elastic to hold it together and a sturdy cover to protect it and a folder at the back for additional paintings done on scraps. It's been lovely having all my sketches in one spot. 

Kitchen window basil, baby pulmonaria from our side garden, lilac buds in a different stage of bloom and a yellow daffodil from our front garden. 

Kitchen window basil, baby pulmonaria from our side garden, lilac buds in a different stage of bloom and a yellow daffodil from our front garden. 

I didn't expect to refer back to previous pages as much as I have been! Mostly I flip through to check which paints I used to achieve a certain colour - greens are the trickiest thing to get right, for me. I also just like looking at all the sketches together... they are so pretty when you group them up!

On a different level, it's fascinating to have a visual reminder of how much the garden has changed in the past months. I have also been gardening this year, which has never interested me in the past. But this year, I planted some of the seeds of these plants myself! Planted, watered, deadheaded, dug up, pruned, and walked through almost every day watching it all unfold. It's my new hobby! Most of these early spring flowers have long since finished blooming and the garden has been completely replaced now by the tall mid-summer blooms of echinacea and tall daisies and black eyed susans. 

Hellebore that I bought and painted before planting it under Molly's window and Japanese Cherry Blossoms photographed and then painted at home from a trip to the Arboretum at the Royal Botanical Gardens. 

Hellebore that I bought and painted before planting it under Molly's window and Japanese Cherry Blossoms photographed and then painted at home from a trip to the Arboretum at the Royal Botanical Gardens. 

I can't believe I haven't scanned and shared all of these before now!! I'm on page 7 now. I can't wait to dig into some summer fruits and veggies soon.

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