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Blue food and Beetroot a painting a day

July 26, 2011 2 comments

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These are the best blueberries I have ever grown. The secret is to keep the perishing birds off without netting the birds and perishing them.

A painting!

this painting can be bought from ( apologies for photo on ETSY page there is a glitch):

http://www.etsy.com/listing/88793554/beetroot-in-a-bunch-watercolour-painting

Beetroot in a bunch

22cm x 15cm, 9″ x 6″

There is very little time in the day when there are so many plants to water and crops to pick, I do not try and grow beetroot as I am the only person besides lovely aunt who really likes it, so these are bought and no less pretty for it.

The allotment has peas and beans in astonishing variety at the moment, diy dad has dug out his early carrots and the maincrop carrots are coming up. I have a forest of flat leaved parsley in the salad bed and the first tomatoes are ripening. The first autumn cyclamen is out as well….excuse me but the proms are only just begun, cyclamen???

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Etching framed,Exhibitions and Xbox

July 20, 2011 Leave a comment

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

Day One hundred and seventy six,

Took lovely aunt with me on my trip to Gallery 26, Field Row
Worthing, she visited a friend she has known since she was eighteen and in her
first job outside London, the war was still on. Her friend is in a care home
where they major on the food and fuss made of residents and their guests, they
get a sherry every day before lunch….I should be so civilised!

Gallery 26 are showing some
of my prints for the next week.

Afterwards we stopped for
five minutes to look at the sea but became distracted by the lithe tanned men
working on their kite surfing…lovely aunt was full of questions about this
and was treated with great kindness by one of them who explained how it all
worked to her. She wondered if it was something I would like to take up….I
was very amused…but if it had been invented in the 1970’s I would have been
very tempted ( by the sport I mean), it looked like the next best thing to
being a seagull gliding on the wind. The sea smelt so good and the sun was
strong . We then went on to find a picture framer who also turned out to be
lovely, what a nice place Worthing is!! It was just what I needed after reading
the obituaries of someone I had been a surrogate aunt to when he was a kid. I
really hate it when people die young.

No2 son has sold almost enough modified game controllers with
extra flashing lights to get himself a flying lesson, he seems a bit young to
be soldering and running his own little business but it seemed only sensible to
look for some accounting software for him…..pinch me someone that’s my baby
boy. No 1 son is off to Suffolk for a few days.

Am already beginning to tire of podding broad beans but I still
love my six foot high peas plants. Courgettes doing well and squash, something
‘Toscana’ are overdoing the productivity -will need to thin or they will all
expand and pop each other off the plant.

Here is a picture of a print that missed the exhibition but that I
really like framed up. It is a Hayter print the second pull through the press,
I love it. It’s called Pale Windflower.

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Beans

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Basket with Salvia patens grown from seed.

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

Parrotmania- a painting a day

May 7, 2011 1 comment

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Click here to bid   size 10in x 6in, 26cm x 15cm

There is a collision of spring and summer in the garden at the
moment to the joy of anyone who likes a “splash of colour”, and the despair of
the person who is trying to make a colour scheme that works without too much
last minute tweaking. Lovely aunt is enjoying it…but she is moving soon so will have to come and view when she comes over for coffee.

The last of the Narcissi are still clinging to the stems that bore
them like so much paper. The tulips are also over the parrot here the very
last. Most years the artists houses in Brighton’s Festival have a brilliant
display of tulips lined up for May Open Houses…they will have finished before
the first house inspector crosses the threshold, sorry art enthusiast.

In flower now are:

Thyme

Chives

Aquilegia

Roses (mostly hedging and climbers)

Hellebores

Erigeron ,the wall daisy. Many lost in the winter.

Forget-me –not

Viola cornuta

Rhodedendron

Peony

Geranium x6

Foxglove apricot

Bluebell

Bugle

Lilacx2

Euphorbiax2

Hemerocallis

Clematis x3

Iris x2

Pulmonaria

Candelabra primula ( had a hard winter)

Italian Arum

Solanum crispum

Scarlet Honeysuckle

Parrot Tulip

Petunia

Veronica trailing and gentianoides

Jacobs Ladder

Scarlet Geum+++

Delphinium

Thrift or Seapink

Perennial Cornflower

Blueberry

Love lies Bleeding

Tiarellax2

Solomon’s Seal

Vibernum x2

Omphaloides

Saxifragex23

Nigella

I could list the weeds too as they are getting on with it….but it’s
too depressing.

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

20110507-012450.jpg   Tiarella and the new Geranium all grown from seed.

20110507-012549.jpg  This stuff is mostly self sown.

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Salad Days-a painting a day

April 11, 2011 1 comment

8in x 6in,  20cm x 15cm

The tally of barbeques got to five before colder evening temperatures forced us indoors on Monday. Lovely aunt was having a lovely time sitting out and enjoying the sunshine and flowers; this painting is a quick sketch of her in a silly sunhat. The pear trees and apple blossom are all coming out. The tulips have completely trumped the daffodils now and are magnificent, there are some that are short and tiny, some that are taller and double, I still like my pinkish ‘New Design’ tulips best.

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 Last night, unbelievably, the first asparagus was ready to cut-twelve small spears which were sweet and delicate.

Bat, Dragon, Brimstone and Barbeque – a painting a day

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Day One hundred and seventy one  

size 6 in x 8 in, 15cm x 21cm

Today was beautiful. There were no appointments to make, the sun shone and I got some weeding done. I bumped into people in town who could do each other good once they were introduced and I had found that one needed to practice Spanish and one needed to practice English. Lovely aunt was happy and to cap it all DIY Dad got to incinerate food outdoors for the first time this year. We sat out in the garden and watched the sun set as we waited for the food to be cooked. A crescent moon emerged among the peachy coloured cirrus clouds and a bat flew high among the oak trees before the light had even half gone.

This morning I saw at least two brimstone butterflies, possibly a holly blue and later a large brown of some sort. I pulled seedling grass from the garden beds and probably thirty seedling of Hypericum , the garden is infested with self sown Linaria, Aquilegia,  Geranium pyrenaicum, Prunella, Verbena bonariensis, Salvia, Verbascum, willow, as well as the usual docks, nettles, creeping buttercup, wood avens and forget-me-not. I leave the forget-me-nots and verbena and some of the others but the Hypericums have to go as do the sedges that sprout up everywhere.

The painting is of a strange fruit , I have never eaten it , I will tell you its like next blog. It is certainly colourful.

The photo shows the sky with a tiny moon.

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

Roses by the dozen-a painting a day

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

6in x 9in 15cm x 22cm

That is the trouble, woolly mind woolly paintings. I mean to be honest I have just had to spell check the word woolly…when did it aquire two ‘l’s and why does it need them? It did look a bit lost with only one.

 Half term has been and gone and I am looking at the garden on a daily basis trying to keep the screams silent….where did all the weeds come from and how did the growth start so soon after what seemed to be a harsh winter?

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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