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More from the Midi

March 17, 2014 Leave a comment

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This is a quick watercolour sketch that I love, it is of a bend on the Canal du Midi which was built to provide a short cut from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea 1666-1681. It was lined with plane trees to consolidate the banks making it shady and majestic. Tragically an American disease is now slowly but surely killing the plane trees and whole stretches of the canal are left bare. The colours in this really nail the warmth of the day and the feeling of endless summer. The section in the painting has pine trees on the bank, here a photo of some plane trees:

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Lastours the watercolour

March 13, 2014 1 comment

 

 

 

 

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This is the view from the Belvedere high up above the village looking over the hillside where all the castles are . The previous sketch was from the café by the stream in the centre of the village where I waited for the boys. It was so hot the masking fluid which I had off loaded from the bag to lighten it exploded in the car…at first I cursed as I thought it had leaked under pressure but actually it had blown a pea sized lump of glass from the shoulder of the bottle. Awful mess which stank but then dried into peelable rubber and neatly cleaned out the little crevices in the dashboard of dust and general grot……latex can be useful.

The weather in France was extreme, there were days of intense heat, sudden swirling winds like desert dust devils and then on the way home a ferocious thunder storm which we drove through for at least 40 kilometres. The other cars were sheltering under the motorway bridges and last weekend I found out why; that day friends of relatives had two windscreens and their roof tiles smashed by tennis ball sized hail stones only 10-20 km away from the motorway we were on. Perhaps the sheltering cars were listening to their traffic news and following advice.

After driving through the terrible storm for some time I learnt a new word “Orages”, it was on the motorway signs but I had to look it up in the dictionary, duh! you don’t need to tell drivers they are in a thunderstorm when its hammering the car roof with ice and the lightening strikes every 10 seconds all around.

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Old limonade

June 13, 2013 Leave a comment

A ten minute sketch done to a chorus of “we are hungry can you hurry up?”.

It’s Mont St Michel last summer.

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Parrotmania- a painting a day

May 7, 2011 1 comment

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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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20110507-012617.jpg  You could not invent these they are just beyond imagination.