Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Still Thinking About Foxes

All is quiet, just me and the garden and the birdsong.

Oh and the hum of the odd bee or 'Dumbledore' (as my very good  friend recently reminded me their proper name was )
 A mossy bed amid these bells would be a good idea, in the warm sun, just to sleep for a little while.....


 My mind is still filled with foxes, and foxes and  more foxes so what else could I do but paint one?..

                                                             'Rest Your Weary Head'


Is a very special original painting on wood edged with real silver leaf. It will shortly be listed for sale here.

Before I disappear again for a few days, let me introduce you to my lodger that has taken up residence in the greenhouse. Beneath the salad box he hides and  pays his way by keeping the slugs down.

 Of course it could be a she?...

30 comments:

  1. Beautiful....loved reading about the dumbledores...I love learning the origin of words--thank-you for sharing that! Your foxes are always so lovely.

    Hope you're having a wonderful day!

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  2. Oh yes, that's a she-toad alright! They are always much larger than their husbands, we've had a pair in our back garden for a few years and they go slug hunting together - Little and Large come to mind!

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  3. I love toads (that's why my house is called touchwood (from Catwheasle - remember the tv series years ago?)... he's a beauty, looks like he has a big appetite. Your latest work is very special, you have a wonderful gift.

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  4. Looks like a delightful place to be, wonderful looking painting
    : )

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  5. Such a sweet painting.... I sometimes awaken in the morning to my Pasha cat with his head tucked under my chin... what joy it would be sometime to awaken with a fox gently resting her head on mine! Lovely!

    I've been hearing and seeing foxes every day for a few weeks now - last night, in the wee hours - calling a short way off in the woods.. magical.
    Thanks for sharing your beauty!

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  6. What a beautiful, beautiful painting. So serene and touchingly sweet. I love it so much! That toad is so cute - and BIG. I don't think I've ever seen such a large fellow! How nice that he's taken up residence nearby! Theresa

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  7. It's lovely that all this talk of foxes has inspired such a beautiful painting! How could you part with it?!xx

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  8. Wow, that's one large toad!
    The fox painting is lovely :)

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  9. Love the wee sleeping fox! And thanks for letting us know what "dumbledore" means! Who knew?

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  10. Oh my soul, it's a toad. I thought it was a rock until I saw the eyes! Goodness, she's worthy of a fairy tale. Perhaps if you kiss her, Prince William will materialize.

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  11. well i never knew that good old Dumbledore was a bee :) thanks for info painting is amazing as always and loving your new lodger x

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  12. Every visit to your site is always filled with enchantment. Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful respite, replete with riparian delights and magical foxes.
    ~ Deb
    Possible Impossibilities Studio

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  13. A beautiful fox painting... My eldest daughter is a fox at the moment, its her latest obcession - I must show this to her!
    Beautiful bluebells too, reminds me I must find time to go to the woods...

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  14. I just ADORE foxes... and yours always remind me in spirit to the my first foxy love... the one in Le Petit Prince.

    Magical piece you created !

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  15. What a lovely home you've created here.... I feel at home here! Love that painting too.... it touches something deep inside...

    Nice meeting you

    cielo

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  16. Exceptional and beautiful Karen, I love your fox!
    I'm definitely not into people in paintings but I make an exception for your work as they are so connected to the gentle animals that you paint that I could think of it being no other way.
    Your toad looks very happy and full!

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  17. Karen, this painting made me catch my breath...it chokes me with that special pain that comes from closeness with animals. You have captured a moment that captures my heart....

    I do so love all your work!

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  18. That taod looks like she's eaten her husband. Lovely photos and painting.

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  19. Great work, Karen.
    I really like that first photo of the tree in the garden. the light is wonderful and its so filled with beautiful green hues. Simple and amazing
    Nice work

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  20. Karen!

    Your blog posts are like little entries from your diary!

    Cute fox painting. I love how you showed it lying on your journal page. You have lovely hand-writing!

    And what a fat frog! Must be a lot slugs in your greenhouse!

    -Dean

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  21. I just watched 'The Fantastic Mr Fox' and loved all of the sweet characters in it...reminded me of the needle felting I do and some of your paintings as well. Your work is lovely. If you haven't yet seen the flick you must!

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  22. Enchanting spring photos, Karen, and lovely work! A captivating post, as always. xx

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  23. That toad is even bigger than the one that has moved into my workshop! as for foxes, keep going! I received a fox pint of yours as a birthday gift, it has just come back from the framers and looks fantastic!

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  24. I've always loved foxes and you capture them beautifully. I'm making it a point to own a few of your pieces asap :)

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  25. Lovely painting and photos. Not too keen on toads, but if they keep the slugs down that's great.

    I love foxes and although they have some very nasty habits which don't bare thinking about too much. I find there is something quite irrisistible about their little faces. I love hearing them call at night in winter.

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  26. questo è bellissimo!!!! Davvero bello!!!! Ciao Stefania

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  27. Oh well occasionally a fox passes through our garden. Once a very old grey fox (definitely a fox) sat in our back garden just taking the air. I watched him from the window full of excitement at how beautiful he looked.

    When I was working in Nottingham I had to get up early to get the bus and was preceded along our road by a fox too. They are such beautiful creatures to watch.

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  28. love learning the origin of words--thank-you for sharing that! Your foxes are always so lovely.
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