I am still in Mljet, I have seen lots of evidence of flowers which have finished, tiny alliums, muscari seedheads, Nigella seed heads. Last night I was woken up by the biggest thunderstorm which started with a ferocious wind and huge drops of rain. Several women emerged in their night clothes to rescue towels and swimming clothes. Luckily it was still dark as my night dress blew up round my ears in the wind.
Tonight a cat climbed up the trellis and then landed splat on the table…..before the food came luckily. The thought of a beautiful dish of fish with scrawny cat face down in it did not appeal .
This is a five minute beach sketch of a ferry on ar small island.I will rework it later as there are some nice things going on in the foreground.
#106 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog
Yesterday I arrived in Mljet after having a bit of an altercation in the queue for very limited numbers of tickets. The quieter but very annoyed English and Spanish people in the queue seemed pleased when I did my outraged English matriarch turn on a queue jumper. He tried to brazen it out but gave in.
This is an exquisite island, there is a nature reserve where the woodland is composed of Aleppo pines, strawberry trees, Viburnum tinus, myrtle, tree heather, junipers various and cistus. There are figs, carobs and olives too. If I had been here in the spring there would have been thousands of flowers,but now it is just a yellow thistle( the Caroline Thistle? ), and what looks like a wild carrot. The fish in sea make snorkeling addictive. I am still pretending to be a feeding octopus by making a little cloud of sediment – it attracts some lovely fish who are then under my nose for a while. There is also a salt water lagoon which is warmer than the sea, in that there are fewer fish but there are some giant bivalves, fan mussels? They look about a foot long.
Here are some pictures one of the tomato and one of Lastovo from Korcula.
size 6 in x 6 in 15cm x 15cm watercolour on heavy weight rag paper
#105- a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog
104-a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog
I am in Trogir which is pretty enough to double for Venice in Dr Who. Here is my first sketch. The only other thing to say is that it is extremely hot. Off to an island for a swim.
#103 a painting a day on holiday
size 6 in x 4.5 in 15cm x 12cm watercolour on heavy weight rag paper
The wind continues and slowly weakens. There was enough rain in the night to refill the waterbutt, things do at least look damp again for the first time in a month. Lots of apples have blown off the trees so I made an apple sauce by quartering them and coring them…it was edible but tart, not fluffy as it will be when the cookers are ripe.
I have sold a number of pictures in the last fortnight, this has led me to revise the prices on some in order to slow down the sale of the paintings that fit well into a particular niche. I may hold some back altogether in order to make coherent sets for framing and exhibition later.
On the subject of sales I am going away for a while to do some painting. If I can master the technology I will post as often as possible. However I will not be able to post i.e. mail any sold items so will lengthen all the e-bay auctions and put Etsy on vacation mode.
Today I painted some more cherries but from a photographic reference posted on Rookie Painter challenge. Is it possible to tell that these are from a photo and the previous cherries were from life? I can’t tell until my eye is detuned from the new painting and sees it fresh.
#102 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog
SOLD size 7 in x 6 in 17cm x 15cm watercolour on heavy weight rag paper
I am completely out of sorts today, however I have produced this picture. There are more of the beautiful curlicues found on the tendrils which a pea uses to scramble up other plants or pea netting in this case.
The wind in the night and most of the day has kept me from sleep and made me fume at the slightest thing. My mother was a teacher latterly of infants she said wind always changed the mood in the playground making the children madder and wilder. Clearly I have not moved on from this phase.
#101 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog
size 6 in x 8 in 15cm x 19cm watercolour on heavy weight rag paper Fabriano
I really am quite surprised with myself, one hundred little paintings today, I should be celebrating but as I haven’t finished my picture yet and it’s really late I doubt I will. To put the icing on it a picture sold today, the tiny red poppy one. I do like it so I will send it on its way a little sadly. At least with modern technology everything is photographed and I have a record; in the distant past I once walked into a person’s house, admired a picture only to be told it was one of mine! I had forgotten all about once it left my care (Yes it was deeply embarrassing, in fact my stomach is curdling now thinking about it).
I picked the last of the currants today with help from No2 son, just over twelve ounces. While I was on the allotment I begged these lovely fresh peas from a neighbours plot. The tendrils are perfect. I put some plants in, late of course, but then theres a chance of rain so they might hack it.
It seems like there has been some rain today- until the rain gauge is checked and that shows we have been lightly sprinkled with water droplets- not rained on at all. The soil tells the same story, it’s rock hard.
I think my wash will be dry now, so I will finish there for the night.
#100 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog
size 6 in x 6 in 15cm x 15cm pen & watercolour on heavy weight rag paper
So I finally went to town to sort out a bit of money transfer malarkey for No1 son. His grandparents wanted to move money they are saving for his illustrious future from one account to another. I discovered two things:
One: He would not be able to access his money without a passport. As he has never signed on the account before they had no comparison on the signature. My word as his mother was of no interest to them. Without a passport they tell me they would keep the money forever…..a new form of taxation? If you desperately needed your money and you were at school with no bills or anything in your name, you certainly wouldn’t be able to fork out the eighty pounds + needed for a passport.
Two: they have without a signature or any declaration started taking tax from him as though he is earning more than £6000pa (I wish) Other institutions assume that school children are non-taxpayers and send a form to fill in- in case you are liable. That seems more reasonable to me.
The best thing in the garden at the moment is a delicate Kniphofia, common name Red hot poker, mine is not as tall or chunky as some and it’s not red either; more of a luke warm poker. It is a plant from my phase of collecting apricot coloured flowers in order to have a lavender and apricot border. I struggled to make a viable bed due to the lack of a backbone species of long flowering habit. It is easy to get that in a pink purple or a white. The Kniphofias are splendid but brief ditto the apricot Irises. Apricot Diascias are small and tend to the pink end of apricot, I bought a Jacobs Ladder which said it was apricot but it was blue. I think it needs a group of really good repeat flowering apricot roses and work out from there. Mrs Oakley Fisher looks very promising. She has just produced a shoot with about ten small buds.
The honeysuckle is another linear subject so I have done it in pen and wash.
#99 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog