colour

  I’m rereading ‘Painting the warmth of the sun: St Ives Artists 1939-1975’, and also the Tate book ‘Modern Art and St Ives’. I’m interested in paintings by Patrick Heron, his views on non-representational art, and his move from abstract with figurative association to purely abstract paintings. He admired the works of Sam Francis and wrote about American artists of that time. He wrote ‘Colour is both the subject and the means; the form, and the content, the image and the meaning in my painting today…..’ (1963)   These two paintings today, completed from reworking from last week. Whilst the paintings are still associated with nature – my garden, woodland, the valley… Read More

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reds

Reds in my garden and woodland: deep crimson-reds changing to browns; strong rose-reds and cerulean sky, cadmium reds against grey-greens.  Blackbirds are now feasting on the crab apples; the finches go for the rose hips, especially of the rock-rose; thrushes are often on the haws and rowan. Birds will also feed on the (non-native) cotoneaster and honeysuckle berries, and the smaller tits forage on seed heads. In the woodland there’s berries of the guelder rose, dog rose and dogwood, haws and sloes, ivy and holly.  See the colour and line gallery     See my November garden and woodland images: Reds  Related Images:

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warm November

Fading, beautiful autumn colours, but at Siblyback reservoir on Sunday the water level looked very low. It’s alarming – and should be alarming – to read about that Danish and US researchers reporting that arctic sea ice that has declined by more than 30% in the past 25 years and this year has been at the lowest extent ever recorded for late November. The warmer air and sea surface could lead to record lows of sea ice at north pole next year – “It’s all expected. There is nothing but climate change that can cause these trends. This is all headed in the same direction and picking up speed.” Link: Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable… Read More

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November garden

In the garden this morning cutting back shrubs and clearing up dead flowers and leaves, but leaving plenty of seed heads and cover for the birds. I found a small nest in one shrub – very close to the feeding table! So back in the studio this afternoon and these were the colours – the cool grey blues and greens of a cold November day and pink sedum. The sedum flowers open from greenish-pink buds in summer, turning pale pink to deep pink and in late autumn taking on a brownish hue, surviving as send heads right through the winter. In summer the butterflies love these flowers. See the gallery   Related Images:

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owls

Owls are calling in the evenings and early morning, definitely Tawny owls and perhaps also Little owls. So I’m listening now to the different owl calls on BBC radio iPlayer. Tawny owls are in our woodland, and also come to the trees here near to the house, a few times I seen one when I walk around in the early evening. The woodland includes very old oak trees providing cover and the rough ground good for hunting. My grandfather used to call the owls, as I am hearing the expert in the programme is doing to attract the owls to defend their territory. I think that the calls we have been… Read More

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