Thursday, 26 April 2018

The lighthouses of Islay

Well now I have a set of 3 lighthouses - there are another 4 on Islay.

Port Charlotte

McArthur's......
Port Ellen.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Picos de Europa...snow and spindrift!

Well that was mist and snow painted recently, so why not combine them? The photograph is from the Picos de Europa; I've done it before as a soft pastel...but an oil was more challenging! Snow and spin drift.......



Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Felt daisies ..........

As part of my ongoing 'felt-ball' project I've made a daisy ball ready to take up to Islay and photograph in the daisy field.........

The idea of the project, which is entirely for fun, is to be inspired by somewhere, come home and make the felt-ball, and then return to photograph it in situ. Two of the most 'extreme' journeys have been from Cumbria to Orkney ...for Scottish primrose click for the Scottish Primrose trip and Cumbria to Lizard Point for spring squill for the squill balls on the Lizard click here.

These are some of the past balls ....

Top: Scottish primrose; water crowfoot; spring squill
Bottom: silverweed; spring gentians; rockrose

And in situ..........

Xanthoria lichen; sea urchins; rockrose; spring gentians; spring squill; primrose; sea balls and purple saxifrage.

....and the daisy ball in my rockery - not in situ!  


..and where it'll be heading in May...


Monday, 23 April 2018

Parton - a two marble day.

Parton in West Cumbria is always a good walk out - quite a temperature difference to Saturday mind you! Our previous visit http://juliagarner1.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/parton-west-cumbria-more-beach-finds.html was a tad warmer - no biting wind.


Codd bottle marbles.


Saturday, 21 April 2018

Pen-y-ghent - the purple saxifrage pilgrimage!

It's always hard to decide when to make the annual pilgrimage to see the purple saxifrage on Pen-y-ghent. It was going to be late this year and then we couldn't make the last couple of weekends, so it was a bit of an all or nothing trip - but we were not disappointed! The plants were really dessicated - through snow cover and wind ....but spectacular as ever clinging to the cliffs.  A glorious day ...........

Enjoying the sun ................
Pen-y-ghent views ...........

The iconic purple saxifrage ........

Friday, 20 April 2018

Carrifran Wildwood ...and inspiration

Following our visit to Carrifran juliagarner1.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/carrifran-wildwood.html  I was bold and decided to attempt a painting of the mist clearing from the valley. It's 60 x 60 cm and an oil; all done with a palette knife.