Inspired by all the flowers and their range of pastel and rich colours I have been surrounded by at the allotments, I have finally picked up a paintbrush again. Not only are the allotments a calm and beautiful place to paint, they also provide multiple opportunities to observe nature upfront and close. I am also in the privileged position of being able to experience the changing seasons and colours, without having to carry my watercolours and paper, too far! The discipline of carefully observing what is in front of me and then trying to capture its essence in paint, has been an enjoyable journey. At times almost feeling like a meditative and mindful activity. This observational painting will I feel, enhance my skills overall and enable me to add more realistic details and finishes to my clay work as the variety of shapes, textures and shades of colour found within nature is astounding.