Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Night of little wind,
Stillness breathing over the fir trees
And the house
With staircases and towers
And secret passages
And levels going up into the sky.
A stained-glass window
Where the light is always on -
Impossible fairy-tale castle
Seen in moonlight

                                        from "The Star Reaper"..........  poems  by  Morelle Smith

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Autumn Fields

Autumn fields........

Road to the beach ........

Wild flowers on the shore .......

Today the sea has an ethereal quality.
I'm reminded of Edward Lear's poem about the owl and the pussy-cat,and imagine
them sailing off over the horizon to far away lands .......

The Owl and the Pussy-cat

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
 In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note

                                                              More ........

Edward Lear (1812 - 1888) was an English artist, and writer of humerous nonsense poems.
First published in 1871, "The Owl and the Pussy-cat" has become one
of our best known children's stories.

Pastoral scene painted by Lear during travels in the Balkans.

Morelle Smith has written an interesting post about him   -  HERE

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Image 12  -  source  -  Wikigallery

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Country Roads

Fairytale illustration  -  circa 1900

"Lucky Hans"  exchanges a heavy package for a horse

Perthshire countryside in late September

19th century farmhouse 

Hundred year old beech hedges line the roadside

This gardener's cottage, complete with weather vane, dates from mid 1800s

Concealed behind the bushes is a beautiful garden producing
flowers, vegetables and fruit

Fox's eye view through a gap in the hedge

Popular spot to watch wild Atlantic salmon leaping, as they fight their way upstream
towards their spawning grounds in a glen a few miles away

Protected from the elements, in a medieval church   -   Pictish stone dating from around 800 AD

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

The Alchemist

"The Alchemist"  -   Acrylic on canvas (130m x 100m)



Nuts and seeds

Mother Nature's alchemy.
Found in a pot under a honeysuckle bush.
My interest is in the layering of composition and changing colours as the transformational
process takes place

Honeysuckle in July

Louis  (2003 - 2015)

Last month, our friend and sometimes walking companion Louis passed on to the Happy Hunting Ground.
We will miss his good natured company and boundless energy.
Maybe he now chases rabbits in another dimension! 

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Wild Flowers

"Butterflies"  -   watercolour and pastel sketch by M. Watson

Cultivated wild flowers in a city park

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Wild Strawberries

Wild strawberries  -  Rose  -  Perennial sweet peas ....... yesterday ........

On an easel behind me, my unfinished painting is reflected in the background mirror.

This morning I notice something has been munching the rose petals.
My first thought is mice, as they sometimes find their way into the studio
............ but there is no evidence.

Under a petal I find the culprit ....... a brown beetle.
I can't remember it's name but I know it is especially destructive for pot plants.
It's now getting on with life outdoors!

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