It was wonderful to spend time in the glasshouses earlier in the year – warm and with tropical plants! I joined a group which met regularly to draw in the Botanic Gardens. The mark making was experimental, and we followed instructions such as only using vertical marks, only holding the pencil at the end, or using three pencils taped together. It was fun but also frustrating – it is challenging to spend two hours drawing with multiple pencils, concentrating on just one plant, or only using one particular type of mark. It freed up my drawing though – and these are quite different to anything else I’ve ever done.