This tree lives at the bottom / top (depends on your point of view I guess) of our garden. It must have been planted after the railway stopped running (late 1940’s) as it’s right next to the track and the crossing gates. Beautiful colours.
An evening drive near Gefrin (HQ of King Edwin’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdom). Stunning light.
A gem found in the studio, no idea where it came from.
Whilst sorting through sketchbooks I found these sketches from 1999. Made me determined to get back into sketching again. Watch this space…..
The yearly week at Grasmere is… well, when you read this I’ll be there. So in preparation I’ve been painting some sketchbook pages, mostly just with gesso; white and black (and shades of grey). Not much sewing going on just now, so it’s a great time to go back to basics and looks thought the hundreds of inspirational photos I have and get these drawn up into designs.
And there was some (ok, quite a lot) of work into wet papers with inks and charcoal. Mini landscapes to be cut up and see where we go with those…..
After the last six or seven years the studio needed repainting…. and so I went for a dramatic black. I managed it all except the very top of the eaves and called the professional for help. Must take an up to date photo now the plants have started to flower, they look stunning against the black.
All done, finished, sorted, sent off…..the summer is for archive research and then it all starts again in September. We had a few days of gorgeous warm weather, perfect for sitting out side and (pretending) to write.
After the week of Stirling and London it was time to chill in my new PJ’s – with pompoms. Too nice for bed? Perfect for the summer?
After Stirling I headed to London for a two day trip to meet a Canadian friend I’ve known for…. around 17 years… but never actually met. We had a wonderful time, good food and company.Leaving Berwick, a view of Spittal from the train.
Love the buzz of the city, couldn’t live there again, but love a visit. I nipped in to see the Monet and Architecture… the Reims Cathedral series was spectacular and worth the visit. The rest was merely interesting.
I was also able to get my various London library and archive collection cards. Believe me that was the best photo! Now I can search online and pre-order items before my next visit.
And a promising book….
I was delighted to be the morning speaker at the Scottish EG Regional Meeting in Stirling. 242 people had tickets. I made my talk an overview of the last few years, from landscapes in rain, through to the hares and recent studies which will inform later work. It was wonderful to meet so many people I had taught in the past – from Elgin and Aberdeen and Dumfries to name a few. Huge thanks to Angela who helped me set up and take down, it made all the difference. And to AVG for bringing the goodies I ordered beforehand!Can’t believe I am only just blogging this and it happened over a month ago on the 21st April!