In our Spring poetry journal poem “Sunshine at Bedtime” by Shirley Hughes, the poem opens with “Streets full of blossom”.
We talked a lot about the blossom on a recent visit to The Botanic Gardens and used this as an opportunity to paint some in situ. We had packed our watercolour tins and as well as taking some fine paint brushes we used some cotton buds to further explore the form of the petals and flowers.
A immediately tried the cotton buds – exploring all the marks he could make with both ends.
S took a more measured approach, looking carefully at the colours and positioning of the plants around him (grape hyacinths, although these are not in the poem), replicating them on paper.
Next S’s blossom tree, mixing brush and cotton bud.
A beautifully captured the petals “like pink and white snow” falling to the ground in the breeze.