Sunday, 24 March 2019

Sunday


This week I had a vase of hyacinth, anemone narcissus and tulip and had a quiet moment today to paint these with my watercolour pencils, which I was given for my birthday. There were 72 colours in the tin so no effort needed to mix or blend colours, plenty of choice.





Today my gym class was cancelled so instead hubby and I had a Spring walk into the woods by the windmill near here to see the wood anemones.  There were also signs of bluebells, just a couple here and there, and some wild violets too.




It was very warm today, I heard an owl whilst watching the sheep (owls shouldn't be calling during the day)... I would quite like to lie down in the field all day and just watch sheep but too much to do.....



I found wild violets and also a small area of white violet. They are so tiny and delicate it's hard to get a picture close up.  I can remember as a child my mother buying bunches of violets at this time of year, we never see them in the shops any more. You can't pick wild flowers here, so I didn't,of course :)








Up at Badger Kingdom there was no sign of life,but I found lots of beautiful wood anemones were open...I will come back to see the bluebells in a few weeks as their greens are coming up nicely.
We met horses on the route and families out walking their dogs, everyone is very friendly when they are out.  Some people told us the narrow,bumpy woodland path (no more than 10 feet wideat best with ditches on both sides) has been used recently for racing 4x4 cars and a horse narrowly missed being hit at high speed. This is upsetting locals as they want the lane to be closed to traffic; the byways were made years ago when there was little traffic other than horses and carts and well before the cars we drive these days had even been invented.



I  have been taking little moments lately to dabble with some watercolours ... as I work shifts I get some nice little chunks of time during the day when I can just settle down and do this, it's easy to get distracted with housework of course, so I am trying to make it a regular thing.  Don't you think it's important to have creative time?




So, this was a very relaxed weekend for us.  Sorry I don't have more to tell you.  It's been a really quiet time for us here.   how was your weekend?  Have you seen signs of the Seasons changing where you live?

28 comments:

  1. Your paintings are so lovely.
    When I was a child, there was a small violet 'farm' on our lane, where the violets were picked for Covent Garden. They were deep purple and highly scented.

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    1. I remember most the smell of them, if only they could make a come back. I saw loads in the woods recently but of course you mustn't pick them! they don't smell like the ones of my memory though.

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  2. The seasons are gradually changing here in Aotearoa..at last more rain, but still sunshine too. Not so much difference in temperature as we have moved well North. Just wondering what we will return to in Scotland on 1 April!

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    1. I have been following your travels GZ, hope you have arrived home safely now.

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  3. I'm looking forward to the bluebells! We don't have any in the garden but we do have wild violets which light up the hedge with their beautiful colour. Lovely coloured pencil drawings, I do love to use coloured pencils. Yes I definitely do think it's essential to have creative time every day if possible. ;) xx

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    1. Hello Jess, lucky to have wild violets they are becoming scarce these days. I am learning to use these pencils and draw then take a wet brush to the finished article, do you use them in any other ways? have you for example tried them on wet paper? it's all new to me :)

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  4. I feel all calm and relaxed after reading your post! Your art is beautiful and I loved joining you on your walk.
    How odd to hear an owl during the day. Did you know that to call a person the son or a daughter of an owl is an Indian insult as they believe owls are stupid for flying at night?
    Our garden will be awash with bluebells soon enough although I hate the mess they make when they die back. xxx

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    1. oh yes, hope you will be blogging bluebell blue dresses in your garden with the bluebells, past posts of yours leave me with envy, we don't get them in the garden here! I am surprised Indians consider owls stupid, they are so fascinating, I had a bit of an obsession for them as a child and my grandfather took me on twilight walks to watch them swoop for prey.

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  5. Your writing is quite magical.... and so is your painting

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  6. Spring can't seem to decide whether or not it wants to visit my area. My tulips started up about 2 weeks ago, then stagnated when we had more snow. It keeps going back and forth between warm & sunny and cool & rainy.

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    1. We have a cold snap at the mo despite sunny days it's still below freezing some nights, maybe you can bring those tulips indoors and give them a head start :)

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    2. Nearly a month later and I'm STILL waiting for the tulips to open! Should be any day now.

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  7. Everything is starting to bloom now and it is wonderful to see new life coming up. The colors cut the gloom from gray rainy days.From the photos I can see you have some painting inspirations!

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    1. Yes Rose, the last few days even there is a lot of colour around here, dandelions on the grass verges, blossoms on the trees and the shops have been stuffed with fabulous bouquets of Spring tulips, daffodils and hyacinth, I don't know how they get them to us in such beautiful condition at such affordable prices to be honest, just hope it doesn't mean someone is being undercut for their hard work picking them all for us.

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  8. Those watercolour pencils are lots of fun aren't they?

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    1. I have only tried them on dry then wet the paper after sketching but think there's 'more to it than it' so further experimentation ahead :)

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  9. The cancellation of your gym class brought you such a delightful walk dear Betty!

    viewing these tranquil blooming sights must be a soul refreshing experience :)

    thank you for sharing your beautiful surroundings that seem to get springs early message so amazingly!

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED your vase so much ,i enlarged for the closer look and found it so cherishing and vibrantly beautiful!

    when i find such lashing serene places i also want to lay down and feel the whispers of nature keenly :)

    without creativity break day sounds incomplete to me
    it is venture to peek inside and bring out you trueself with honesty

    enjoy the blessed times of blooming season my friend !
    hugs!

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    1. Hello Baili, thanks for your lovely comments. You are bursting with enthusiasm for life as always :)

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  10. Your artwork is beautiful. I too find it very important to have some kind of creativity in my daily life. I can get creative through painting and drawing, but also in the kitchen! I do lots of arts and crafts and feel my best when I do! :) Thanks for sharing your walk with me, the flowers are gorgeous and I love that windmill! Your photo of the black tree branch is similar to the type of art I do! :)

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    1. Hello Rain thank you for stopping by; I have been for a visit at yours, I love your home/lifestyle,so interesting to meet with bloggers from other parts of the World.

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  11. Gorgeous photos and gorgeous sketches x

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  12. Beautiful painting and photos!

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  13. That's a lovely walk! I hope you had a lovely, lovely, lovely birthday celebration. I think watercolor pencils are a perfect gift.
    I hope you enjoy many walks in the springtime sunshine.

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  14. Such lovely photographs and painting.

    Hope the month of April is going well for you.

    All the best Jan

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  15. It sounds like a lovely walk, and I'm with you, I could watch sheep for hours too. Cows, or pigs would be fine also.
    Making time for creative pursuits is so important, the housework isn't going anywhere (sadly!).
    xx

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  16. I firmly agree with the need for creativity time! Your watercolours are beautiful! I am so impressed! How gorgeous!
    I LOVE sheep. We saw so many in Northumberland last week including some with their umblical cords still hanging!

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