Archive for November, 2010

Maple leaves – a painting a day

November 15, 2010 Leave a comment

This painting has been framed and is for sale at Burgess Hill Open Houses see blog for June 4th

size 5 in x 4.5 in, 13cm x 12cm

These are leaves which I picked up the day the car went for repair last week. They are starting to curl and dry out indoors.

No1 son came home looking cheerful and well although the journey home had taken three hours longer than it was supposed to because the sea was too rough for the ferry to take them off Arran. His clothes washing requirements were remarkably light as it seemed he had spent most of the week in the one outfit. In fairness he had changed his socks more than twice! He had obviously enjoyed the chocolate brownies as there were chocolate cake crumbs scattered throughout his day bag.

The decorator arrived this morning as arranged and DIY Dad has been in a frenzy of activity involving his latest tool the mighty mitre saw. The decorator would obviously prefer it if the skirting boards are in place before he gets to them.

The garden is looking very dismal, things are collapsing in dark rotting heaps; looking for some flowers the other day was very depressing  the roses that have been visible through the back door look tatty close up, I found one stem in a more sheltered area, a single decent stem of snowberry and one of Shizostylis which has left it rather too late to flower.

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


Berries, Feather, Maple leaf – a painting a day

November 11, 2010 3 comments

 size 6 in x 9 in, 15cm x 24cm

I found the most extraordinary picture on the web it is by an artist from Myanmar or Burma, Win Pe Myint,  he is both a painter and a Botanist as I am. It has, I am sure, a wealth of story in the objects chosen. The postcard in the foreground is Picasso’s ‘ Acrobat with Ball’, it has the most concentrated air of still contemplation I have seen in a picture, and it has a very quiet lemon in there too.

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Yesterdays picture is another in the series of things picked up in this autumn, here are some berries, the feather of a green woodpecker and a distorted maple leaf. I am putting all of these for sale on my Lemonaday-shop as it forms a permanent Gallery. Or rather it should do, having checked the links they all seem to have broken.

No1 son should return today, I dread to think what state he will be in the weather has been foul for the last two days. Still no news could be good news…

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Not really a blog

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

size 6in x4in

This is the picture from a couple of days ago which I showed to DIY Dad, he couldn’t work out which way up it was which was discouraging.

However now I have removed a lot of the drawing marks I like it better. The cyclamen are nearly over or at least the flowers are and the leaves are doing their more subtle thing.

What does he know anyway? he’s currently in love with his new electical tool, it cuts mitres (no not for bishops hats) i.e. neat corners. If I get a go with it it might cut picture frames. That could be handy if I get accepted into the local Open Studio scheme, there could be 20 frames required. Who knows if I play my cards right this house might be finished enough to do an Open Studio here one day. I can’t see the boys being over the moon about that though. Imagine: doorbell goes and teenage son gets there first , stares in horror at potential gallery viewer,half shuts door on them to yell,”Mum, Muuuum, theres some random people here, MUM….”, stomp,  “$*&^£*7   *&%$)(! MUM …I shouldn’t have to handle this!”, I come in from the garden and run to rescue the potentials on the doorstep who come in just as a door is slammed on a darkened room by a muttering son somewhere in the house. Nightmare.

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Autumn leaves , Beech, Hornbeam, Beech – a painting a day

November 7, 2010 Leave a comment

This painting has been framed and is for sale
size 6 in x 9 in, 15cm x 24cm

No1 son has gone off to the frozen North to look at rivers. I am feeling slightly anxious about this as there really is snow forecast for Monday on the teeth of a gale. He is not designed for heat retention being extremely thin, also he never thinks it’s a good idea to put any thought into dressing for the weather.

The leaves are all falling in great heaps now; there is a job for months, if not life ,out there on my own back lawn. I dug out a bag of old leaf mould the other day and it proves it is worth collecting and composting the leaves. I have enough to layer it six inches deep on the new bed (which needs it as it’s very clayish).

The painting is of some richly coloured Beech leaves with, I think, a Hornbeam leaf in the middle.

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

Autumn leaves Lilac, Cherry and Lilac – a painting a day

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

 Click here to purchase   size 6 in x 9 in, 15cm x 24cm

There are good times of year and bad times of year. This is not my favourite in many ways; the hour has changed and we all feel it. Meals feel necessary earlier as the stomach clocks are struggling to adjust. The weather is mild which is a bonus, the house is warm all day following a short blast from the radiators in the morning, which is a vindication of the warm roof insulation. I love the air and the light at this time of year. There are times when the colours are brighter than anything spring or summer can offer. Hence the leaves in todays painting. There are rows of trees on the drive to school every day that are just glowing at the moment.

I did do a painting yesterday but when I showed it to DIY Dad he asked which way up it was supposed to go…all very well if you are an abstract artist but I’m not.

The nasty neutral magnolia paintwork on the walls in this room did not scrub up well, we therefore repainted it. The walls are still neutral but the carpet will be bright or dark. I know carpet is not fashionable but we have solid floors and carpet is warmer. In fact the floors are the least ecological part of this house as they are only insulated in the kitchen diner. A good carpet will have to stand in for insulation in this room. The walls are now a very pale grey with a warm tone to it. The name is a marketers dream…for a certain section of society…’Egyptian Cotton’. It is not the colour of calico or unbleached cotton or indeed bleached cotton, mind you I have yet to see a Magnolia flower that is the colour of magnolia paint. ‘Its not magnolia’, I think they could call a paint that and do just as well.

 Mainly its done(the room that is,apart from the carpet). I ,being mindful of the age of the children ,asked for everyones views on the carpet,No2 son wants a sample very like the old carpet (stupidly pale and neutral),no1 son cannot see the point and thinks the old carpet should be patched (possibly using the samples from the carpet shop?), husband thinks red would be nice but not so red it looks like we are expecting the Queen. I want aubergine but I know that it too will show the dirt. Like all consultation processes on the modern era it will be a scam, I will go back to the carpet shop and choose what I like, come home and point out a) all their ideas had flaws,yes they were rubbish, b) in two weeks they will have forgotten what colour it is and will have covered it in sweet wrappers anyway.

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

Blueberry has the most extraordinary red and yellow leaves before they drop.

apple leaves in the garden