Archive for August, 2010

Trio of early apples – a painting a day

August 11, 2010 1 comment

 this painting is framed and for sale in the burgess hill open house event see blog June 4th

Day One Hundred and ten –   a painting a day

size 6 in x 11 in 15cm x 28cm watercolour on heavy weight rag paper

Oh fantastic, we all get back from holiday and THEN we all go down like in sequence with something akin to the winter vomiting- starting before the holiday wash is complete but after DIY Dad has partially demolished the downstairs loo. He has removed the door giving an uninterrupted view of the hall and front door.

I think I have the less serious version I feel dreadful but not as if I am going to die (unlike the people I have been mopping up for).

There have been some very kind comments on my holiday pictures, for which thank you. I can whole heartedly recommend the beautiful landscape  between Dubrovnik and Split, that is the order to do it in as the ferries can be booked in advance going north but NOT going south, unless you are as persuasive as I am….

The garden looked like an autumn scene this morning, the dew was so thick a shining drop hung on every blade of grass, red apples lay on the ground and branches hung low with fruit. How can this have happened?

#110 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog

Karbuni: Abroad thoughts from home – a painting a day

August 7, 2010 Leave a comment

NFS Watercolour, size 30cm x 15cm

This is the view from the second place we stayed. The sea really was this colour, I am not putting this picture on eBay as I want to keep it for myself. I may even try and work it into an etched image, it would be a companion piece to an old set of plates which are pigs to print but give a lovely image of the seaside. However I am going to put some of the other pictures from the holiday on eBay to start the ball rolling again.

This painting makes me think of the people at Karbuni, little Prijam with his astute questions, Darka and Mary who were so kind.
I have my little bouquet of wild rosemary and other flowers which was a parting gift. It’s about thirty years since a friend told me how beautiful his home island was and now I know what he was talking about.

In the meantime I am going round removing dead stuff from the garden, I have a wheelbarrow full of deadheading and weeds piled high.

The fruit trees have filled out massively and are now drooping down with the weight of the apples and pears. The early apples are ready and the pears are almost ready to pick.

I am amazed at how well the flowers have survived but I have a very good neighbour, who has watered the pots and the beds.
The dahlias are good, the potentillas are making a fluffy bank of deep red. My best surprise is the Eucryphia which has a mass of white poppy like flowers. Next year when it grows beyond the damage caused by the snow last January it will be magnificent.

Some things have struggled but on the whole things are great. The first flower has come on the herbaceous clematis I grew from seed…… It’s only taken three years, I reckon it should be grateful that I have an occasional patient streak.
Getting back to a garden after a while away is fascinating things may well improve, houses merely get dustier and fusty.


Leaving Dubrovnik – a painting a day

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Leaving Dubrovnik

That’s it I should be home surveying the shrivelled remains of my garden. It might have rained but I hear not.

Dubrovnik was amazing but much too busy and hot to paint besides I was far too busy people watching. The national income must go on outrageous shoes and underwear good enough to be on permanent display due to the slashed /shirt length dresses. They all spent ages being photographed sitting in poses borrowed from Page 3. Asking when the icecream parlour closed, we discovered it was 2am!!!!

This is a working sketch of Babine Kuche.

#108 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog

Looking back – a painting a day

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Looking back to Mljet from Dubrovnik.

This is the view from the Mali Raj restaurant where we had an amazing meal of traditional roast kid with vegetables.
The previous day I had sketched the view over an expresso break.
At the moment I am sitting in the shade outside the Orthdox church in Dubrovnik recovering from the walk round the walls.This place is all steps but very beautiful . There are huge numbers of tourists here and if I came again I would make sure it was earlier in the year or autumn.

#117 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog

Carob leaf and lemon – a painting a day

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment size 6 in x 6 in 15cm x 15cm pen and wash watercolour on heavy weight rag paper

A peaceful day:
I am still in Mljet in Babine Kuche it is the epitome of a Mediterranian fishing village. Steep stepped lanes lead up to tiny houses, the sea is a landlocked lagoon,palm trees line the road along the quayside.

I did three paintings today, first the lemon, then the view of the monastry on an island in the lagoon from the cafe,then the view of the villa across the lagoon. While I did this I sat on the sea wall with my toes in the water. A fish with stripes and blue and orange splashes went along the rock edge.

#107 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog