When I walk through the woods with Elsa in the winter it’s always slightly warmer among the trees, during the summer it’s always cooler and the leafy canopy above means we get rained on less. I take photos of birds in the trees, bees, butterflies and insects on the leaves and if I look closely, I usually find a face in the bark.
They remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, provide a habitat for animals, birds and insects, provide shade and shelter, timber for house building and furniture, fuel for heating, fruit and nuts to eat and sticks for dens. TREES ARE BRILLIANT
Inspired by my recent floral painting course I decided to try another class and signed up for ‘Trees in Four Seasons’. Trees are structurally beautiful and provide unlimited inspiration for painting, even during the winter months. This is what I produced from the first session: “WINTER”It’s not always easy to photograph artwork indoors given the poor light and often overcast British weather, so I took the canvases out to the woods and made my own little art installation.This is my favourite, probably because the canvas is an unusual size and the blue background worked better in my opinion; a proper winter scene.
(Acrylic on canvas 100 x 30 cm)
As always I have far too many projects on the go. I need to complete this course; there are three other seasons after all. Yesterday I bought a bunch of huge beautiful peonies and I’m itching to go back to the Abstract Florals class and have a go at painting them …. but I couldn’t help myself, I’m working on something new and very exciting. More to follow soon
It has come to my attention that I don’t have green fingers. I follow lots of people on Instagram who share photos of their lush green houseplants and I turn to look at mine and I have to admit I have Plant Envy. I water them, feed them, gently wipe their leaves and try to find the right light and temperature for them, but many (not all) still refuse to live. I’ve killed so many that I’ve resorted to tucking artificial plants in high places where you really can’t tell the difference! Consequently, I have lots of empty plant pots whose inhabitants have long since gone to the composter.
It was shortly after I returned from said trip to the bottom of the garden, carrying a now empty little blue pot, that I realised it could become a paint brush pot and not join the other pots piling up in a cupboard …. so out came my Sharpies.
“I paint flowers so they will not die” Frida Kahlo (Seems like an appropriate quote!)
At the beginning of the year I bought an online class to learn the art of abstract floral painting. Easy, you might say …. but allowing myself to free up every brush stroke has been a challenge. Putting down a chaos layer and ‘finding’ the flowers within has been fun but not always successful. Sometimes I’ve worked it too hard and lost the looseness of the painting.
I’ve made a lot of mess splashing paint about, our dining room table is out of use and there are traces of paint on the walls and floors but I’m loving the process.
Out of the dozen or so canvases I’ve painted so far, I’ve kept one for our spare room and two are now hanging on other people’s walls, so that’s not bad. It’s such a great compliment when someone wants to live with a piece of my art in their home.
The online class still offers so much more so no doubt there’ll be more to come. Watch this space
Back in October last year my son mentioned he didn’t have any egg cups at his flat so the next time I was in the supermarket I bought two, but they were plain white and very boring. What could I do to brighten them up? Yep, that’s right, personalise them, of course!
Using ceramic paint (I used Pebeo) here’s a brief outline of how I did it :-
Following the paint manufacturers instructions bake in oven and then enjoy boiled egg and soldiers for breakfast!
Click the link below to watch my YouTube tutorial for more details
I just checked and it’s six months since I’ve been here.
Last November we suddenly became aware that our little mitten had a health problem when she began breathing heavily. Cats are clever like that, they mask their pain. Unfortunately she was hiding several critical conditions and although we tried a month of veterinary treatment and medicating her, we couldn’t save her. The last six months have been so hard because we weren’t ready to say goodbye and she has left a huge gaping hole in our lives.
Samba 10.05.2005 – 14.12.2018
Our elderly dog, Elsa now requires around the clock care and we think the loss of Samba had an impact on her health too; they really didn’t know life without each other.
I’ve lost so many furry friends over the last few years so I know that many of you will understand the great feelings of loss, but we have to remember how lucky we were to have spent our lives with each other and cherish all the memories we made.