Monday, 10 October 2011

The Peacock Garden


I visited the Peacock Garden while in the UK, 
so called for it's topiary peacocks and of course real ones.
It helped that it was a warm and sunny day and the lovely flowers,
plants and butterflies were at their best.
I have always liked drawing topiary and have started a painting
based on this garden.
The above is a practice sketch to get the feel of the colours and
shapes.




These are some small peacock feathers drawn in coloured pencil that I picked up along the way,
actually my pockets were stuffed full of them! 




21 comments:

demie said...

how lovely your peacock feathers are! i can see they fly in the wind...

Gillian said...

Pocketing peacock feathers is better than being a pheasant plucker I suppose! (whistles innocently.....)

Glorious sketches, Cathy. I love how you've captured those vivid hues of the feathers in particular. x

Fay Merritt Iseminger said...

Lovely, soft and colorful!

Cathy Holtom said...

Ha ha Gillian....hold your hand out!
x

stewcrowther said...

I love topiary and I love these sketches. You do know that most people would call these the full blown paintings don't you?
Everywhere I walk on this island, I always come back with rocks, leaves, shells and.....Feathers. I just need bigger pockets.
Beautiful artwork Cathy.
I love this blog.
Stew.

Reflections said...

Both are wonderful... though I just love the colors in the feathers!

Sandy in Michigan said...

Your peacock feathers are so delicate and beautiful! Lovely works.

bettyfromtexas said...

These are absolutely beautiful images of The Peacock Garden!! I LOVE the way you interpreted the topiary! Brilliant work!

Ann said...

It must be an enchanting place! I like your topiary watercolor and those feathers are amazing!

jenna said...

Those feathers even appear silky and downy in your drawing!

Love the topiary--seems like an interesting place.

fados do lar said...

really lovely! it's an amazing draw. congrats.

Clare said...

I can see how these will make a gorgeous full sized painting.

Sandra said...

The feathers are so colorful and delicate!

scratchyas said...

love the watercolours, they're so different from your pencil work. very talented.
meegan

raena said...

You always do such beautifully detailed feathers! Love these!

Revelle Taillon said...

gorgeous feathers!

debra morris said...

Beautiful Cathy

freebird said...

Beautiful feathers! If I could do a tree/topiary as well as you have here I'd think it was more than a preliminary sketch - I'd think it was for the wall!

Alex said...

These are gorgeous! Really like the feathers, and the vivid colors of the tree

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

I am in love with your peacock feathers! Just GORGEOUS!

Bei Price said...

wow gorgeous! I love the feathers :)

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