Sunday, 21 January 2018

Swansea University Botanical Gardens

Some photos from Tom of his walk out yesterday .... robins, skeleton leaves and treecreepers.






Saturday, 20 January 2018

Rocky and the shrew....

While we were having the last piece of Christmas cake at the top of High Cup Nick I suddenly noticed a shrew running around under our feet ...bless! I just hope it got back into/under the snow and kept warm! Rocky was well behaved and wanted to chase it but didn't - needless to say he had a fabulous time in the snow!

Various pictures of the shrew ...top - in the distance ....bottom - rather closer! 
Top right: fascinated by the shrew ...and bottom right: asleep in the Stag Inn in Dufton.



High Cup Nick in the snow

I can't believe how lucky we were to get another day out in the snow with no wind and on a weekend! A superb walk up High Cup Nick. It was clear enough when we started...and a blue sky developed as we reached the top in the direction of Maize beck ....we could go further I was thinking; lovely crunchy snow underfoot and a path to follow - then we turned round and saw the approaching low cloud! Best stick to plan A!

The walk up from Dufton....
There are two pictures above when you look carefully ....the top one - incoming low cloud ...the bottom one - blue sky over Teesdale.......which was soon to disappear under the cloud!

The Nick itself and the bottom two are of Blencathra and the Eden valley when the sun came out.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Oil painting ....a progression

People often ask 'What do I do first and how does that develop? ' So I thought that I'd photograph my painting of 'The Watches' as it developed. The Watches are a group of stones on the way up Ullock Pike before ascending to Skiddaw.


News from Swansea...

Tom's been for a walk in the sun - with cracking views of goldcrests - which I am reliably informed aren't that easy to photograph! I'm thinking they might make a good drypoint.

Grey squirrels in the University botanical gardens.

Goldcrest at the back of the beach. 
Views through 180 degrees - Mumbles and Swansea. 


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

More textile cards ....

As I have said previously I'm trying to get a stock of these so I don't run out ....they are  barely profitable, but hopefully people buy the paintings and photocards beside them. This time colourful tulips and a batch of teasels.



Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Derwent Water oil painting

It's been a while since I've done an oil painting - too much christmas stuff and cards! It's strange how reluctant to start I am after only a couple of months off, but I thoroughly enjoyed doing this one from our walk on Sunday. As I said - it was an atmospheric day!