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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Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives

Seeing this wonderful collection of paintings by Patrick Heron, with works at this large scale and alongside each other and from different periods, with one painting relating to another: intense colour, the pleasure of following a line across the canvas, the detail of a pattern, abstraction, looking from one shape/pattern to another around the canvas – this was an intense, exciting and joyful experience.     Here are the main ideas he persued:   Unity Heron strived for a balance across the canvas, the forms and colours interconnected by their position and their visual affect together, so that each area of colour/shape ” is as important within the painting as any… 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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winter seed-heads

I walked around our woodland this afternoon, in winter sunlight and stillness. I brought back seed-heads of cow parsley and docks. I used these shapes as I completed a painting that I worked on yesterday. Colours have become more tonal, with lines cutting through.  I like these seed shapes and the seeds clusters that remain after the white summer flowers have dropped, standing upright into the winter months. Looking at  my paintings in the last few months these umbels and simple seed/flower shapes have found their way in, as well as in still life studies in previous years.  I think I will be using these shapes to further explore abstraction.  I’m looking at… Read More

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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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