Friday, 14 March 2014

Icknield Way

This picture of the Icknield Way above Pegsdon started off as a sketch during a bike ride today, and then finished at home. It doesn't quite do what I wanted but here is what I intended. It was a beautifully warm spring day with bright sunshine and the pathway was well marked by bike tracks in the damp soil. I tried to create some pattern elements using these as well as with the bright green dog's mercury growing by the path edges beneath the trees. It is a bit abstract and not as finished as I would like, but I quite liked the idea.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Brimstone butterfly

Today was the warmest day of the year with clear blue skies and bright, springtime sunshine. It was day to open all the doors and windows to air the house, have lunch and cups of tea in the garden, dismantle the summerhouse in preparation for placing it elsewhere in the garden and watch butterflies flit around the garden. Saw several brimstones, a comma and a peacock butterfly during the day. Also saw a wren hopping a round the patron, a bumble bee and a ladybird. Yesterday I managed to clear up the allotment and dig up a final bucketful of parsnips. The hedgehog I found there last autumn hiding under a pile wood unfortunately didn't survive the winter. After months of cold and darkness it was a blessing to get out and dig some soil, see some wildlife and remember again why I so love to be out and about doing practical jobs outside.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


Personal development is important to me. Not that I strive night and day to conquer the world, but in a sense that know it is important to me to keep an eye on where I feel I might be going and trying to keep vision and motivation somewhere within reach. I did this picture as a reminder to me to look for the small opportunities to stand out from the crowd, to be inspired by something, to be creative and to be a source of positivity and encouragement wherever I find myself. I have a responsibility to myself to not just sit back on my journey of life but to participate in it and seek the explore the landscape that my path leads me through.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Garden Shed

A small little garden shed. I would like one like this please that I can do my painting in - bright, light, dry,  cosy and surrounded by loads of inspiration.