Tuesday, June 25, 2013

One New Hard Drive Later...

About a year and rather many extra days ago, I did a sketch in my notebook. It was an idea that I knew I would go back to but other things kept getting in the way, like they do. The seconds and minutes, hours and days, moment by moment never wait. So a couple of weeks ago it was time to bring this picture to life.
I don't often show my work in stages of progress, so thought this would make a change.

                                                     'Out Of The Depths We Called You'
The title of the picture was inspired by a  favourite piece of music by Terry Oldfield (brother of Mike) from an album called Out Of the Depths (De Profundis) If you have been a follower of this blog right from it's beginnings, it may be familiar to you? I'm often putting it on the music play list every now and then.
This painting has been finished for a while but I haven't shared it sooner, as my laptop which is only just over a year old, decided to play silly games with me.  So if you were wondering where I was and why I hadn't blogged for a while that was the reason. I did have an old computer to use to check Etsy, Twitter and Facebook etc but because it was a wee bit slow I didn't bother uploading pictures and kept tasks to a minimum. Anyway one new hard drive later, here I am back and can share some images of these laptop-less days.
                   
I've spent a lot of time in the garden and have been making the most of the sunshine filled days. There have been visits from a squirrel, a grass snake, many slow worm, quite a few bumble bee (sadly hardly any honey bees) I  found a dead orange tip butterfly in the greenhouse and made a special place for it with dandelion seeds and forgetmenot. 

The fields have been spread generously with butter. The floral kind.  Last week we saw a badger snuffling among the golden flowers. It didn't see us as was too busy, so we had the pleasure of watching it just a few feet away, for about a minute. I didn't have my camera with me that night. Yes, you guessed it!.



But there have been other characters to capture other days.  :)
On the river where the water witch lives with her tangled green locks of emerald hair the swans have three silver cygnets.


Everything seems touched by gold in June's evening light, even the tiniest of  flies.
The moonlight and clouds always mesmerize me and inspires  new imaginings in my sketchbook. Here a moon moth.
The Offering Of Light'

'Out Of The Depths' is available to buy as a print in my shop here. And I will be back shortly with details of a giveaway.In the meantime, I will leave you with these flowers picked from the garden. :) x


20 comments:

  1. Enjoyed seeing your work in progress. And, what adorable little silver swan babies! Been a long while since I've seen them, so cute. Nice to wander the butter-filled fields with you and imagine a badger there amongst the yellow. Happy summer!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed Valerianna. :) I wish you a Happy summer in return. x

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  2. ...'tis pure pleasure roaming these magical woods with thee! ~ thankyoU! ~ for the treat! ~ and may thee many times blessed be!...(O:

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    1. You're welcome Earthenmagic. Thank you for coming. xx

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  3. So nice to have you back with a bumper crop of pictures. I do so enjoy virtual walks around this kind of countryside. It fills in the gap that our city leaves in the greenery.

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    1. Glad they fill the gaps in for you Charlotte. I hope they do for others that also live in a city. :)

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  4. ~ I missed YOU, Karen....Soo pleased you are with us again. Where do I start with so much loveliness! YOUR beautiful picture so very haunting! LOVE the Stags expression. The magic in the 'butter fields' if you only look closer! And the Swan family out for the day on the lake....Beautiful...Love it all! ~ Mrs butterfly looks very much at home too! Take time to dream, lovely friend. Maria x

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    1. Aw.. thank you for such sweet words Maria. It is good to be back here. Its strange how we take our technology for granted and then when it goes wrong everything feels disjointed when our routine is turned around. I will pop across to your blog for a visit very soon. I have many to catch up with. :) xx

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  5. Very much I liked to see your work as it progressed. The buttercups are gloriously golden, and your image of the tiny flies is so clever. Love visiting this blog. Deb C♥

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    1. Glad you liked it. I will show another in progress sometime soon. :) The buttercups are SO yellow that it is in fact quite hard to capture them to show them off in all their beauty. I took many pictures but only ended up with the three that I was semi happy with. I think maybe it's just yellow that is hard to capture? I wonder why? Thanks for visiting. :) x

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  6. Your work takes me away to a place of such peace and tranquility, thank you for your healing gift, pure magic x

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    1. That's wonderful to hear Lady Lavender. And you're welcome. :)

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  7. I really love your work and thank you for "take me with you" on your stroll! Anita x

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    1. Hello Anita~ Thanks for visiting. I'm glad that you like my work and that you enjoyed the stroll. :) x

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  8. So very beautiful. Your art work is so magical !!
    The nature pictures are so wonderful.
    Have a great day.

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  9. i so love your art. It is so beautiful and magical. Those sheep are just adorable!
    blessings
    ~*~

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  10. So many images of beauty,I am spoilt for choice.

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  11. Thanks for posting your work in progress, it is always a fascinating process.
    The music could have been specially written for your painting!

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  12. the moon moth is just so sweet...i will now always see them fluttering in the light of the moon :)

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  13. Oh, the cygnets are wonderful . . . both cute and lovely. *How* did one of those get to be an "ugly duckling"?
    And the moonlit Queen Anne's Lace in "Offering of Light" . . . pure magic.

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