Sunday, 19 May 2013

Watercolours in the Garden



Can anyone remember at primary school whenever it was a lovely sunny afternoon the teacher would often drag pupils away from their desks and have the lesson outside in the fresh air sitting on the grass instead of  sitting in a stuffy classroom. Yes I remember it well - the soggy knickers from sitting on damp grass, grass stains on your summer frock which of course would get you a right telling off from your mum and trying to keep the pages of your exercise book from blowing in the breeze so you could actually get something written in it. Yes it was a sure sign that summer was well and truly here so not wanting to miss out on all the beautiful sunshine, this afternoon I gave myself permission to take my watercolours outside to paint in the garden instead of my stuffy workroom.


Here I've been doing some mixed-media sketchbook work combining watercolours with oil pastels to create a still life study.



Whilst I was out there and trying to get myself into Chelsea Flower Show mode I took a turn round the garden with my camera to see what I could capture on film.  The garden seems to have suddenly sprung to life with everything becoming much greener and more colourful after such a hard winter and cold soggy spring.

Clematis Montana

Clematis Montana

 Clematis Montana buds waiting to burst into flower


Saxifrage


Apple Blossom


Aquilegia (Columbine)

Acer Palmatum Dissectum




All this sudden and unfamiliar sunshine proved a bit too much for Butty (Buttercup) so she decided to retire to her penthouse in the shade for a  bit of a snooze.

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