There are a lot of these around at the moment. Obviously not drawn from life as these guys tend not to hang around while one fumbles for a pencil, so a little help from my mobile camera was much appreciated. Anyway, it was fun to do!
With the beautiful weather we have been enjoying, I had to post something from the garden to celebrate the arrival of Summer. In the world of borders and beds, plots and allotments, things have stepped up a notch, and there seems to be so much to do. I am not sure if the late frosts were entirely to blame for the lack of enthusiasm in the seeds to do anything this year, as there was a lot of time spent trying to find the right kind of peat free compost. Eventually we found one which seemed to find favour and our seedlings are now marching away as happy as anything!
Despite the apparent impatience for things to ‘get back to normal’, there were very few customers in the coffee shop this morning, nor outside it, where they could have enjoyed the sunshine with their latte.
Took advantage of the early sun this morning and did some sketchbook things including this half page view. At least the mud around the gates is at last drying out in most places.
Moleskine watercolour sketchbook about 8×5 inches
Nothing very imaginative, but I haven’t been able to do much in my sketchbook recently, so it’s good to be back and at it. Just a scribble really to get things going again..
There was a moment this week when the wind and the rain paused long enough to actually enjoy being outside. This barn can be found on the Sherborne estate and was, according to a sign inside, built around 1860 and used for the storage of hay and straw as food and bedding for sheep during the winter months. Hence Ewe-pen. There are a few other buildings here which are just as interesting to paint, which would be nice to do if we ever have a summer…
Wow, it’s been longer than I thought since I last posted. No real reason for the delay, just been busy with classes restarting, craft fairs starting and fitting in some gardening between lots of rain. I took advantage of a brief sunny interlude to paint this in the hope that there will be many sunny days to come throughout the months ahead. If we keep believing that, it’s bound to happen, right?
The third beautiful day in a row. What’s gone wrong? Although I wasn’t able to get out until later than usual, I had time to do another entry in my 10 x 8″ Stillman & Birn Beta series softback sketchbook.
It was a most beautiful morning, one which could easily have been mistaken for summer. Certainly the warmest we have had so far this year. A clear blue sky, lovely sun and hardly any breeze. So still, and, on my walk at least, the only sound came from birds calling from the trees, and a bee which was determined to follow me for part of the way. I paused to sketch the Roundhouse from an angle I don’t think I have done in a while. I’m hoping the weather might be a sign of things to come – at least for a few days anyway.
A weekend spent in the garden preparing for what we all hope will be a good summer. It is tempting to start planting seedlings but we are still having frosty nights. Lovely to see the Bluebells starting to come out and loads of Forget-me-nots. Things are certainly on the move.
Some seeds are taking a long time to do what they are supposed to. I don’t know if it is the weather or the peat-free compost we all have to use. Does anyone actually like the stuff?