I don't know anyone who does this better than Milly - her drawing is sensitive, intelligent and beautifully styled and intensely conveys the natural world through her superb draughtsmanship and instinctive use of colour. Actually, Milly is a nickname and the lady who is, happiest when drawing, is Eileen Postlethwaite - owner of the wonderful blog Drawings from Nature. I adore her posts about local walks, collecting items to bring home and draw - whatever medium she uses, and she uses many, she masters with delightful results.
Recently Eileen had a give-away on her blog, and miraculously I was pulled out of the entries as a winner (thankyou Mr P). Today I received a parcel from her - it is best if I show you what a pleasure it was to open.
From its brown outer wrapping came these two packages with beautiful tags, tags with a hand printed Hare and illustrations of a feather.
The parcel with the Hare tag I had expected, but this was an extra gift, and I couldn't wait to open it.
But first, the reason why I entered the giveaway in the first place - because I could not resist the possibility of owning one of Eileen's beautiful Hare pin-cushions.
Pin Cushion by Eileen Postlethwaite - Drawings from Nature
If you visit her blog, she details how she made it, and printed the Hare image - in drawing - printing - sewing. I'm really lucky, because I won mine - but I know she is making some more for her shop if you'd like one too.
Eileen even included a pin for me, to start me off using the cushion, but I'm not sure I have the heart to push pins in - perhaps just round the edges!
Then to the second package - it contained this beautiful folder. The back of which was just as exquisitely illustrated.
But inside! It contained a host of large cards of Eileen's drawings - leaves, shells, acorns, feathers and more. I'm examining each and every one in minute detail and marvelling!
Thankyou, Thankyou and Thankyou Eileen - do keep Drawing from Nature and delighting us all!
PS: I just wanted to add Eileen's note on Copyright - Drawings from Nature
- All the drawings are copyright of Eileen Postlethwaite, owner of all the drawings. Please do not use or copy without asking my permission, which I usually give. Respect my ownership. Thank you.