Flowers and gardens 

Botanic Gardens watercolour by Evelyn Yee

I went to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens the other day. I wanted to make the most of the remaining warm weather, and it was a gorgeous sunny day – perfect for sketching outdoors.

The painting above was completed on location. What attracted me most was the autumn colours of the trees. The pen sketch on the top was of some dahlias.

Garden watercolour by Evelyn Yee

Sometimes I don’t get to go out to the gardens so I rely of photos for inspiration. In some instances, I come across beautiful scenes in photos that make me want to paint. These two – above and below – are scenes in New Zealand.

Garden watercolour by Evelyn Yee

I love painting plants. It is addictive! Till next post, take care!

Colour pencil people

I just started a new sketchbook which I will only use for capturing people, as a journal and to practise. 

End of day at cafe by Evelyn Yee

Sweeping the floor of a cafe at the end of the day

As the papers are made of thin paper, I will be using pen and pencils. I had forgotten how wonderful colour pencils are. 

People at a cafe by Evelyn Yee

I think that kid might be quite hyper soon looking at the package of 6 easter eggs on the table. For the moment, Dad (and family – not drawn) was enjoying a bit of peace and quiet.

There is another benefit – they are so easy to carry around too.

Here are 2 images – hope you enjoy them. There will be more to follow :).

Practising landscapes

Watercolour landscape by Evelyn Yee

I have no access to country views unless I drive out of the city, so the next best thing is to drive to a library for some books.

Watercolour landscape by Evelyn Yee

And books present so many gorgeous photos, with amazing colours and composition.  They make great reference photos – I really enjoyed painting these.

In case you are wondering, these are New Zealand scenes.

Westgate Park lakes

Lake Westgate Park by Evelyn Yee

There are 2 lakes in Westgate Park. The freshwater lake, above, is surrounded by lush green with loads of birds.

Pink Lake Westgate Park by Evelyn Yee

On the other hand, the were no birds at all at the Salt Lake. However it is quite stunning and there were a number of visitors to this lake, taking photos. The pink colour is due to algae present in the water. The lake is normally blue.

More brushpen sketches

Brush pen monotone sketch by Evelyn Yee

Loving the brushpen. I only need minimal tools – a pen, a brushpen and a waterbrush filled with grey watercolour wash for the above piece.
Port Melbourne Station Pier view by Evelyn Yee

One of my earlier pieces, above, using the brushpen – view of Port Melbourne from Station Pier. 

Flinders Street Station by Evelyn Yee

A more complicated scene – Flinders St Station and the city.

Hope you enjoyed these.