Plum tree in HB and coloured pencils: 50 minutes before it became too cold.
Can you see any plums? Me neither.
And last year there must have been nearly 50 - even after the 'June drop' when the tree sheds fruit to save itself from being overburdened.
Last autumn our tree fruited for only the second time - it's just 4 years old - and we made jam and chutney from the branch-breaking harvest from the neighbour's tree. But not this year, it would seem.
I'm not confident with coloured pencils - crayons, we used to call them. I used 2 greens and 2 browns, but I wasn't happy with 'colouring in', which is rather what it became in places.
Pastel chalks, which I'm more familiar with - and will try tomorrow, allow quicker coverage, and more blending and intensity. Pencils, on the other hand, allow finer textures.
I will explore further tomorrow.