Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Wintry Paintings

I had almost forgotten why I never make new year resolutions until I turned my calendar over the other morning. January has gone. Winter put away it's coldest cloak. The white one that tinkles with shards of icicles along the hem. The one that is embroidered with a million snowflakes, each one unique, as a moment. It's February already and I have only blogged twice! I didn't really make any official resolutions but I kind of promised  quietly to myself  that I would blog more. Hmm.. I haven't. You see...it's no good I can't keep resolutions.
  
If you follow my facebook page or have visited my shop lately you will probably have seen my latest paintings. If you haven't then here they are...

'One Day They Will Love You Too Sang The Robin'

                                                     
                                                                        Midwinter Song
                                                          Whispers to the Old Moon


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January seemed to be the month for finishing things off that had been started and restocking my shop after the Christmas busy-ness.  Fresh batches of cards.

Some have reached the shop others have yet to fly. Paintings are all available as prints.
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The other day I went to look for treasures down by the stream.
I found 'Old Mans Beard' or some might know it as 'Travellers Joy'. I like both names. (Officially known as  clematis vitalba) It is one of my favourite hedgerow plants. And maybe I shouldn't tell you this but... as naughty children sometimes we used to light the dried wood and smoke it. :~/ (now I don't recommend that you try this, as I'm not sure what research has been done on effects!?)
 Catkins. It looks as if it will be a good year for hazelnuts. :)
Then I noticed someone trying to get my attention. What a beautiful treasure! (Sadly not mine) I wonder what his name is?
Snowdrops stretching up towards the light.
And yesterday I saw two celandine nodding their yellow faces in the breeze.
More tales from February soon.  x

P.S:  Welcome to any new followers! :-) 

34 comments:

  1. Dear Karen,
    It has been much too long since I have visited your beautiful part of the world. I just love your artwork. Magical and very soulful. Just beautiful!
    Your music touches my heart.
    blessings,
    Penny

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    1. I glad that you like Penny. It's lovely to see you back. :)

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  2. Magical, winter work... and thanks for the views of places and creatures around you! Nothing at all pushing up thrrough the snow here, save the mosse!

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    1. Wow I saw all your snow on your Facebook pics. Amazing! Mild here now and there is even a daffodil out. :)

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  3. I like your black and white spotted friend and your new paintings too. The catkins are rather striking.

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    1. Isn't he lovely. :) I think he would have liked his nose stroked, but there was stream in between us.

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  4. Beautiful! And the second picture of the 'old man's beard' reminds me so much of emu feathers, though I've never seen a snow white emu (that would be a sight to stop me in my tracks)!

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    1. It is beautiful isn't it and yes feathery too. So pretty climbing in the hedgerows and trees. The dangly lamb tail one's are the catkins, later to be hazelnuts. :)

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  5. Or perhaps they're the catkins?! We don't have either here!

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  6. I love the new pieces, especially the first with the robin and fox . . . absolutely gorgeous. I'm always so jealous when I see pics of snowdrops, I miss them now that I don't live in the UK. As for new year resolutions, I say forget them. Things will be what they will be.

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. Snowdrops are special aren't they. It's that first peep of Spring. I believe they symbolise 'hope' in flower lore. It seems very fitting.
      And yes, I have forgotten about the resolutions now. ;)

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  7. Beautiful paintings. Best wishes Janice

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  8. What a lovely day out and about. You are ahead of us, the fair maids of spring are out here but not the celandines. I love the fox painting;

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    1. My neighbour even has a daffodil out. It's biting cold here today though. :)

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  9. I love the painting of the fox and the robin. There are little signs of Spring around now aren't there? I've noticed a lot of hazel catkins but all still tightly closed, I have plenty of snowdrops flowering though.

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    1. Our snowdrops are all in full bloom now too and I even saw a primrose in tight bud. I'm glad that you like the fox pic Rowan. :) x

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  10. I love your new work especially the one with the deer and the magical light dancing around him!xx

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  11. beautiful! love the new work, but horrified that the horse is fenced by BARBED WIRE!! anyone that has horses or has treated horses injured by barbed wire knows why that terrifies me.... I hope he doesn't hurt himself on it :( the pic of catkins is really neat! as always thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Jenna. I also hate barbed wire for use with any animals. The horse was fine though it was only a small patch in front of a drop into a stream. Obviously put there to stop him slipping into the water. :)

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  12. Hi there,
    Gosh I do love your wintry paintings.
    Hehehe... I used to set fire to dried stems and smoke them too. I must have been about 7!

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    1. Ha! I knew there would be someone else that had done it. ;)x

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  13. Utterly stunning!

    and big thank you I wondered what that old mans beard stuff was, I moved from sussex to dorset and there is so much more of it in dorset.

    bestest wishes to you
    daisy j

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    1. Thank you Lazy Daisy Jones. I do love your username!
      Yes, Old Mans beard is lovely I'm glad that I've been some help to you. :)

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  14. What a lovely blog browse .
    Your work is enchanting and Whispers to the Old Moon drew me right out of my chair into that magical wind!
    An exiting walk you had as well ~ to meet a nameless Gypsy and nodding celendine.
    Smiling softly, I am.
    Thank you
    Willow

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    1. Thank you Willow I'm glad that you enjoyed it. xx

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  15. Love your new works Karen!
    Happy wintering to you
    Rima x

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    1. Aw thank you Rima. Glad that you like. :) And Happy Wintering wishes back. I see that you are going to be travelling around again. How wonderful! I browsed in passing via Twitter but haven't had time to stop and leave a comment. I will do. xx

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  16. wonderful to see your charming art and your lovely photographs ~
    wishing you a lovely day and beyond.

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  17. I love your beautiful art. As always, I have a difficult time trying to decide which I like best, but the fox and robin are high on the list.

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  18. this post was like a belated birthday gift...especially with the horse...i have a constant dream that one day i will have my very own 'clumper' to ride around the forest on...and your picture with the hare in his (hers even!) waistcoat...which is my trademark dress!

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