wildlife in my garden

Three young hedgehogs are snuffling round my vegetable garden and one knowingly finds a way into the fruit-cage. I leave bowls of water around the garden, the days are very hot and dry.  Hedgehog populations are declining drastically. see https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/state-britains-hedgehogs-2018/   And there are very few butterflies around. One or two Tortoiseshell, a few green-veined white, a Red Admiral, a Peacock. Occasionally I see a Comma, and a Painted Lady. Inn the woodland there are Speckled Wood, a few Ringlets and the small browns – the gatekeeper and meadow brown. There are more whites now, my kale plants are well netted! For many years I counted wildlife in my garden and… Read More

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Bearah Tor trees

A walk to Bearah Tor on Bodmin Moor, not far from my studio. Very hot, each low hawthorn tree was providing shelter to a sheep with her lamb.  Stopped to make a few quick sketches on my phone pad (new to me – I like it, though it’s very small and maybe use a pointed tool rather than my finger)     Then in water colours.                                Back in the studio I made a series of small oil paintings:                     see the tree series      … Read More

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Heath Spotted Orchids

Fritillary butterflies and wild orchids on Bodmin Moor. This was a perfect afternoon for the butterflies so I walked to a delightful corner of Bodmin Moor, a little marshy area on the side of Hawk’s Tor, by a stream that flows to the River Lynher. These are Heath Spotted Orchids and a Small Pear-boardered Fritillary. In the final photo you may spot the Golden-ringed Dragonfly. ” template=”default” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”DESC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  Link: All the Moor Butterflies Related Images:

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a quiet day

This was day 5 of Open Studio Cornwall 2017 – a very quiet today, no visitors! I’ve moved a few paintings around to fill the spaces where paintings were sold, and added two new ones that I’ve had hanging indoors. The studio is looking so tidy and smart, so I’ve taken some photos: ” template=”default” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]         Related Images:

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it’s warming up

Almost ready for open studio, and the days are warming up which will make it much nicer for people visiting. There shouldn’t be any frost this week (according to the Met Office) so I’ve planted out some of my carefully nurtured beans and the mini sweetcorn into the warm soil in my vegetable garden. This painting, possibly finished today, I’ve called Warming. This morning I read about a report by researchers based at Exeter Uni, about their studies of plant life in Antarctica – which exists on just 0.3% of the continent – and particularly the moss banks. the warming climate of Antarctica in the past 50 years has spurred on… Read More

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tidy up!

A big tidy up this weekend to prepare for open studio which starts next Saturday.  Some of the canvases need cleaning up on the edges, and add the fixings. Then looking at how to arrange the hanging space.   Open Studio is Sat 27th May to Sun 4th June. I will be here from 11am to 5pm each day and would love to see you.   Directions Between Launceston and Liskeard, turn off the B3254 opposite the North Hill turning, at next crossroads turn left and follow my open studio signs to park in the field and walk through the garden to my studio. Then you may like a stroll… Read More

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Notter Tor

A cuckoo was calling early this morning, I listened to it and all the other birdsong as I drank my cup of tea standing at the open front door. Then later, on a walk to Notter Tor I heard another, this one was somewhere around Bearah Tor.  Notter Tor is covered with bluebells amongst the dried bracken which is yet to grow and under the wind-sculpted oak trees. It’s an interesting low tor on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor. An old quarry has eaten into one side where there is now a deep pool with sheer granite cliffs. From the boulders on the summit the views are fantastic, and there are remains… Read More

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collagraph print

My first experience of collograph printmaking, with tutor Sophie Fordham. I did these three, based on my sketches of fields/trees/hills. The process of using cut or torn textures papers and adhesive tapes created shapes that overlapped, and edges giving the lines. I’d like to spend more time on this so will consider getting a small press for my studio.     Related Images:

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