Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Indian Summer

It's been a while since I wrote a blog post so after my break, it's time to catch up.  I couldn't resist painting these plump blackberries just picked from the hedge in my local woods. The colours are changing from green to red,carmine,purple and then to black. The blacks are painted using neutral tint and indanthrene or permanent carmine with under washes of cobalt blue. Here's the progression so far after about 18 hours work.


I've been away to Cornwall visiting the Eden project and the Lost gardens of Heligan, both are a great day out and I thoroughly enjoyed going. I also visited Tintagel castle, a historic ruin steeped in myth and legend. I am a great fan of the Arthurian legend and this is the place where King Arthur was conceived according to Geoffery of Monmouth's (d.1154/5) account of the legend. 


Here's my sketch of part of the ruin using a pen and watercolour wash.

While out walking recently at home I went on a route I had not ventured before and stumbled on an amazing place; a gorge with raging white waters and lined with steep fern and moss covered rocks. I couldn't believe I'd never found this place before or even heard of it. I have now called it the 'lost valley'! The photos don't do it justice really. They are taken on the edge of a steep drop, quite precarious and high up overlooking the river valley. I used a tripod and slowed down the shutter speed. This blurs the waters slightly and lets more light into the aperture, it was quite dim down there as it was taken at 7.30 in the evening.






There is also a lot of fungi springing up after the recent rains, lots of Russulas, Boletes and large parasols. The woods are filled with all sorts of berries, hips and nuts ripening, aswell as beautiful heather flushed purple; so many subjects to paint. High pressure is dominating the UK now so a great time to go out on forays and walks, make the most of the warm summer days.


I have a workshop coming up this month at Denmark Farm Conservation Center, so all the fruits of the forest will be our subjects, my favourite time of year.

8 comments:

  1. Your blackberries look good enough to eat, Claire!! That valley is a wonderful discovery. It sounds like you have been having a wonderful time recently and had plenty to inspire you!

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    1. Thank you Shevaun xx love this time of year!

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  2. Oh what wonderful blackberries Claire. Delicious. Great pics of the valley too. And loving the new look of the blog. :)

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    1. Thanks Jarnie, I've just about finished them now! :)

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  3. Your berries do look quite luscious and plump--well done! The valley looks almost mythical. I feel refreshed just looking at the photos!

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  4. What a lovely part of the country you do live in!

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