A Birch at Dusk

When I saw this birch tree I thought it looked a bit eerie.  However, I thought it would be an interesting challenge to draw.  I did a crude drawing last year, kept it for a while and was not sure what to do with it.  When I had another look, I added a background. I think it brings the tree to life and complete the picture.

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The background was created using the gradient tool with multiple points.  It depicts the dusk horizon on a clear day in winter.

 

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Cheerful Cherry Leaves

Autumn is leaving soon, but I will always remember the vibrant colours it brings every year. Cherry trees are among those that contribute to the autumn colour spectrum, and here is a close up drawing of the cheerful looking leaves which I really love.

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In this drawing, I use the Gaussian Blur effect on the leaves at the back to create a sense of depth.

Delightful Dahlia

Dahlias may not be as popular as roses, but to me they are among the stars of summer.

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I have been growing this delightful pink dahlia for three years now, and it has never disappointed me.  As long as I keep dead heading, it continues to flower throughout the summer and into autumn until the first frost.  The leaves then turn brown and die out but if I keep the tuber and plant it again next spring, it will come out and flower again in the summer.

Yellow Lily

I bought some lily bulbs and planted them in pots back in March.  I had never grown lilies before so I did not know what to expect.  As I waited anxiously watching them grow, I worried as the stalks grew taller and taller with no sign of flowers. When the first flower eventually came out and fully bloomed, I was so pleased.

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Hollyhock

I was walking on a beach when I saw this hollyhock. Its solitary existence among the long grass in the sand caught my attention. With its strong purple colour, it seems to shout proudly to me ‘Look at me, I’m here!’.

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