Monday, 23 September 2013

Chanterelles at last!

Well, off to photo various fungi and to collect a lovely basket of edibles - some for immediate consumption with the rest currently being dried above the Aga.

Basket of edibles - containing chanterelles, hedgehog, horn of plenty and amethyst deceivers.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Hips, haws and berries

A walk round the block looking for berries to photo - a fabulous display this year but when you try to find a spay of hips, haws or berries there isn't one that really conveys the sheer number of fruits that are in the hedges. Hence the composite image below.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Uldale and Christmas Trees!

A fun afternoon playing around with my new Dremel - here's the prototype Christmas tree - I just need to figure out the base. So, if as is forecast, it's likely to be pouring it down tomorrow, it could be a trip to the beach to collect driftwood. Thank goodness for the bottom oven of the Aga for drying out.

Uldale 16" x 12" oil - when framed £60

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Mini oils

With the sudden realisation that oils take a while to dry and that the Greenhill craft fare isn't really that far off - November 10th I got down to producing the little pics below.
Pics are 7cm x  7cm and come on a little wooden easel £6

Each pic is 7"x 5" - in a wooden frame £15

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Natterjack toads

A lovely fresh walk with dramatic skies on the beach. Tom's happy as he found two new fish boxes to add to his 'collection' (don't ask!) and Rocky too.
The light was splendid - this really should generate a painting....oh for more time! 

New fish boxes and Rocky.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Sofatara near Namaskard, Iceland

I've been asked to do a painting that captures the feeling of the Sofatara - not easy when it's steaming hot water, mud and a sulphurous stench. But here's the first attempt! Having been there makes it easier and it was fun looking back over the old photos. It's not of an actual view more a compilation. Meanwhile, back to the elephant cards - I'm also working (in my head) on the idea of a pebble themed small quilt - either to hang
or as a cushion.
Oil 8" x 20"

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Hesket New Market Show

Another classic show and reasonable weather. Three firsts, a second and six thirds for us as a family and a grand day out with friends. Pam's plate of home grown soft fruits (first) was particularly impressive! 
Rocky failed to make the first cut in the pet dogs - top left ; Rocky's sister - top right.