Saturday, 25 March 2017

A beautiful day in the Forest of Bowland

We went for a walk around Stocks reservoir and then up to Cross o Greets.We could hear lots of male toads croaking for females and some females with males clinging to their backs were heading for the water. I had some dried up honey in the cupboard and put it out for early flying Queen bumblebees and wasps, this one seems to have the same approach as I have with cake - in with the face and begin.

Toads are gathering to spawn up at Stocks Reservoir

Fantastic views - Cross o Greets

Fields are filling up with lambs

The day ended with a lovely sunset

I bet the honey tasted good after hibernating all winter

and someones creaky old bones probably feel a lot better.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Fabulous Freddie

Just finished a portrait of a really sweet natured black labrador which I hope I've captured in this portrait - and his odd coloured eyes.

Early Bumblebee

First Bumblebee of the year. Early bumblebee frantically collecting pollen in the sunshine in Slaidburn.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Cat portrait

Decided to have a go at drawing Cat's portrait using Derwent Studio coloured pencils, I just haven't used them for a long time and thought it would make a change from acrylic painting. I graphed Cat out as I was worried I'd lose my place with his markings. I've managed to make him look a lot sterner than he really is, he's a big softie - although the mice in the barn probably think differently.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Portrait in progress

I've taken some photos as I did Sam the Border Collies portrait. I used Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paints - Paynes Grey, Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna and Alizarin Crimson Hue Permanent. I thinned the paints with water and Cryla Flow Enhancer. The portrait is painted onto Daler Rowney Studland Mountboard.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Friday, 18 November 2016

It's too early for snow!!

Woke up to a couple of inches of snow - when they forecast snow on hills it means us! Been enjoying lots of hot buttery toast with homemade jam to keep our spirits up.