Thursday, 1 December 2016

Portrait in progress

I've taken some photos as I did Sam the Border Collies portrait. I used Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paints - Paynes Grey, Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna and Alizarin Crimson Hue Permanent. I thinned the paints with water and Cryla Flow Enhancer. The portrait is painted onto Daler Rowney Studland Mountboard.







Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Friday, 18 November 2016

It's too early for snow!!

Woke up to a couple of inches of snow - when they forecast snow on hills it means us! Been enjoying lots of hot buttery toast with homemade jam to keep our spirits up.





Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Up to now Autumns making quite a spectacle of itself, the trees glow beautifully in the late afternoon sun and slime moulds and fungi are making surprise appearances in the fields. The oaks seem to have produced a really good crop of acorns this year, the fieldfares and redwings are back and every evening the starlings fly over us on their way to roost.

Slime mould ?

Fungi in field

Autumn leaves

Spangle galls

Murmuration  on the way home

Monday, 19 September 2016

Autumnal butterflies

There is a definite nip in the air first thing in the morning and last thing at night but midday is as hot as any summer day we've had and the butterflies and bees are making the most of late flowering blooms to prepare for hibernation. My garden might be looking a bit past its best but theres still lots of lovely colour to make the most of and gladden the heart.






Sunday, 18 September 2016

Autumn webs

Its dark now when I get up at 5.30 - really sad winters on its way again, but once the suns up we can see the valley full of mist and the dew glistening like tiny jewels on the spiders webs that festoon the thistle heads  and fences.






Friday, 5 August 2016

Flies

The garden is full of flies, hoverflies and bees, they are especially fond of the marjoram and thyme and we noticed this fantastic fly looking more like a bumblebee. We think its Tachina grossa apparently it takes caterpillars for its young to feed on. Lovely.


Update - I now have a pet fly! Like bees it love s sugar water.