Sunday, 26 April 2015

Bluebell Woods

Lots of bluebells out in the woods this weekend..the smell is overpowering. 


 Bluebells have been here in the UK since the 1500s and are now a protected wildflower as they have been in decline.  Large drifts of the flower indicate ancient woodland.


 They are poisonous to us although deer and badgers seem to like them....



It is wet outside after heavy rain but the prospect of walking through those blue drifts is very tempting this morning.


Thanks for stopping by, the paintings this weekend are watercolour pencil/paint on practice paper, I do wonder what they would look like on a good paper - but for now this paper does the job.  The pencils are new and seem to hold their colour much better than my old ones - these are Staedler and I am quite pleased with them.


15 comments:

  1. You're so much more ahead than us! No sign of Bluebells here yet. Love the new paintings.
    Jacqui x

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  2. Love your bluebell art! I've just noticed ours have burst into bloom today. the top of the garden is a sea of blue. xxx

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  3. I hope you do walk through the bluebells! Your watercolor pencils are cool and your art is always beautiful.

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  4. Pretty bluebells. Interesting they have been around since the 1500's.

    Glad your new pencils are to your liking.

    Have you heard of Yupo paper for watercolors? Check out YouTube for some videos..interesting watercolor effects. I ordered some Yupo paper from Amazon since Yupo is not stocked here in the stores.

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  5. Oh, I always see those images of bluebells in England and MY! what a sight to behold! I have had them in my gardens, but none here yet although they are on the "list". Lovely, lovely paintings of them dear Betty! I don't paint so much any more, too busy pottery making, but I may get some of those pencils. Thanks for that tip!

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  6. Aren't they lovely? It's lovely to stop by and see your work developing. I like hyacinths but bluebells are more magical.

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  7. bluebells have to be my favourite wild flower. There is something very special about a bluebell wood. I love your pretty watercolour of the vase of bluebells, the only down side to picking them is that they don't seem to last long in a vase.

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  8. I love your bluebell paintings and your wonderful foto :-)
    I've never seen a bluebell in nature, we don't have this wild flower :-(

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  9. I love your paintings! I did not know bluebells were poisonous!

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  10. Hello Betty, I do have some bluebells in my garden that were here when we came - I love to see them flower in the spring. Did not know they were poisonous to us. Your paintings are just beautiful & you capture the images so well. Raining here today too :-)

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  11. "Large drifts of the flower indicate ancient woodland."

    What a delightful fact...

    And how wonderful, to be able to smell the fragrance, of a large grouping of them!!!!

    Simply lovely paintings....

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  12. None around here yet, hopefully soon. x

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  13. Lovely bluebells, Betty, both the real ones and your beautiful painted ones. They are just opening here and I love to see them!
    Helen xox

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  14. I'm so glad that badgers like bluebells, but hope that our Badger won't deplete their population! Hoping he arrives in one piece, ready to see off shouty electioneers!

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