I usually use cold pressed watercolor paper with its rougher surface, but this time I used a piece of hot pressed. I wanted the smoother surface for the fine pen and ink work. I really enjoyed designing this and inking in the shadings and texture. Adding a bit of color was like putting icing on the cake.
A wild and wooly privet bush is a familiar sight to most southerners...maybe northerners too. One of my greatest physical accomplishments is digging out a row of privet bushes that bordered our property...stumps and all. It nearly killed me.