Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Apricot Tree in Watercolour


Moleskine watercolour sketchbook

After yesterday's morning walk I headed out to the farm to pick some apricots. Apricot picking is accomplished by vigorous shaking of the tree and then scrabbling around on the ground trying to gather up the fruit before the ponies steal it all. In my next life, I think I'll come back as one of Jean's ponies - living in the orchard, making an endless feast of cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, apples, and plums.

Ponies in the orchard

Me in my next life.

Anyway before we shook the tree I made a little watercolour sketch as my 4th contribution to Vivien's Tree Challenge.

16 comments:

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Great sketch Robyn - I like the dibble dabble way of painting - almost pointillistic!

Jennifer Rose said...

aww very pretty pony :) yeah a nice lazy life would be nice

really nice sketch, the leaves are well done :)

Pat said...

Beautiful painting and praises for your Sketchercise success.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Lovely rendition of the apricot tree - Oh what a glorious orchard with all those different fruits. As you say, lucky pony.

Candy said...

I love the apricot tree. The ponies are darling. What a perfect place for them - an orchard.

Robyn said...

Katherine - Thanks - it came about by having a too small waterbrush ;) Lucky accident as they say.

Thanks, Jennifer. These ponies were rescued. Talk about falling on their feet.

Robyn said...

Pat - Thank you :)

Joan - Thanks. I'm now exploring a number of apricot recipes :)

Candy - Thank you for your comment. I enjoyed seeing your watercolours.

Joan said...

Nice job on the apricot tree!!! Did you collect the apricots before the ponies got them?

vivien said...

I 2nd that - lovely loose sketch and I'm envious of your surroundings - apricots trees and Tuscany


sigh

"JeanneG" said...

Pretty little tree. My apricot has played itself out. This year it is dead. Not even any leaves. I will miss the fruit but not the mess left on the ground. Nice that the horses clean up in more ways than one. I guess they earned their easy lives.

Cathy Gatland said...

I saw this on Sketchercise and loved it, but forgot to comment - its light and summery and dance-y. I had an apricot tree in another home - such a joy (except as Jeanne says, for the mess if you don't pick them fast enough or before the birds do)

Robyn said...

Joan - I'm quicker than any pony when there's ripe apricots offering :)

Vivien - thanks :)

Jeanne - I'm sorry you've lost your apricot tree (mess and all). Are you going to plant something less messy? I notice Dermott has taken to eating the fallen fruit from our very messy loquat tree. He probably heard me saying time did something to earn his keep!

Cathy - Thank you. :)

The orchard with the ponies is so abundant, the birds were too full to even eat all the cherries!

Kirby said...

Hi Robyn this apricot tree is making me hungry for one. I like the way you painted it.

Laureline said...

That tree is so spirited! I agree with Katherine---the technique you've used is perfect!

caseytoussaint said...

Beautiful work, Robyn! All of a sudden I'm feeling nostalgic, remembering last year at this time when I'd find those sketchbooks in my mailbox every couple of weeks, with an amazing new painting by you...always way more beautiful in person than on the web.

Robyn said...

Kirby - Thank you, I hope you get some apricots this summer.

Laura - It's actually the ponies who are spirited! ;) But thank you :)

Casey - It was a wonderful summer of art, wasn't it? And now all our Flying Picture Books are finally going to meet up. What a shame we can't all join them!

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