Saturday, September 19, 2015

A veil as thin as smoke

Days are quiet here now. My son has returned to university and daughter is back at school. September has returned and in the garden the flowers are still blooming, holding on as long as they can while the sun is still warm. There seems to be a lot of purple around. Here below is Verbena bonariensis one of my favourite plants. It's so pretty, the bees and butterflies love it, and it's quite a tough cookie.  Standing tall and very rarely falling over even in the heaviest of rains and wind.
This year, sadly there has been a distinct absence of butterflies here. No where near as many as we normally have.  Here though below is a blue butterfly enjoying the Oregano that I spotted the other day.
It's been a good year for the apples and the blackberries which are are abundant in the hedgerow.    
When the days have been warm  and dry, I've been sat with the doors open and re positioned my chair by the door for maximum daylight.
I wasn't alone, there is always company just a few feet away

This is what's been on the easel.  An A3 sized painting on wood. Here are some progress stages.
And the finished piece. 'A veil as thin as smoke' the colours are slightly different here. In reality the original is probably somewhere in between. Prints are available here for anyone interested.
Now I'm busy painting toadstools and the odd bee.

29 comments:

  1. I love your work. It is so beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend.
    blessings
    ~*~

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  2. We have lots of Verbena bonariensis, a wonderful flower. Lovely photos of your feathered friends. Your work is wonderful.. just stunning :o) x

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    1. Thanks Julie! Glad to hear that you have lots of Verbena too. I do like tall thin plants that give height but don't block light. I love fennel too. :)

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  3. Lovely post Karen, I loved seeing how open your work space can be. Luminous painting too.

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    1. Thanks Charlotte. Yes, it is lovely having double doors when the weather is good.

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  4. So enjoyed the photographs of your beautiful work space and companions!

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    1. I'm glad Mermet. They are the best companions!

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  5. Lovely post, i adore your work its so magical, we fortunately have had alot of butterflies this year and seen heaps ofd ragonflies.

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    1. Thanks Emma! I'm so happy to hear that butterflies are okay elsewhere this year. I did spot a beautiful comma today on the blackberries. :)

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  6. I adore this piece, and will be buying it as soon as I can, you're garden and work area look like a dream come true. As a writer with a boring office, I am so jealous!

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    1. Thank you! I am very lucky to have the garden and workspace. Maybe your office a little could do with a makeover to make it a more inspiring space to be? Have a look on pintrest , there are lots of ideas there.

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  7. I adore this piece, and will be buying it as soon as I can, you're garden and work area look like a dream come true. As a writer with a boring office, I am so jealous!

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  8. Thanks for the lovely late summer / autumnly pictures !
    What a sweet fire, a comfort to them (us) all ;-)

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  9. Beautiful beyond words, your work always fills me with a sense to keep strong to who I am as your work speaks to me xxxx

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    1. Oh I'm glad to hear that Rebecca. :) It is so important to be true to ourselves. Thanks for your kind words. x

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  10. Like your music choices and artwork. Your blog is always like stepping into an enchanted garden. Thank you.

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  11. I love this painting, you go from strength to strength.

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  12. Your workspace looks like a lovely peaceful sanctuary surrounded with nature. I love the ethereal light in this painting, you're so clever and talented! xx

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    1. Ahh thanks Jess! ;) xx You are very clever and talented yourself! :)

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  13. What a lovely blog you have, I'm so glad I discovered you!
    You art is beautiful.

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  14. Thank you Laura! I'm glad you found me and stopped by to comment. x

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  15. Your work is so beautifully crafted and your blog is a joy to read. I visit often (have for years!) but don't always comment. Thanks for sharing your workspace too.

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  16. Your space makes me feel creative and peacefully in tune with nature.

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