Friday, 16 May 2014

In the Bog

It's been a whirlwind of a week at the SBA exhibition in London, where I met up with some amazing friends and fellow artists and I got a huge surprise and honour for one of my paintings. The SBA put on an amazing show and so much hard work goes into it. I wish I could visit again and see the demos that artists are putting on.
You can read about the SBA exhibition and the awards on Katherine's informative blog, making a mark.

Back at home the weather is beautiful and I've had many trips to the bog, Tregaron bog that is or Cors Caron. You can read up about it here.

It's a peaceful place humming with dragonflies and I spotted the green hair streak butterfly here for the first 
time. A beautiful iridescent flash of green flitting around the bilberries and bramble at the edge of the bog.

A large red damselfly landed on my arm, its thorax glowing copper and gold in the sunlight.

Delicate cotton grass sways in the breeze and the chattering of warblers is everywhere.

One of my favourite flowers here is the bogbean, Menyanthes trifoliata 
It has gorgeous frilly white flowers, tinged with pink.

The most common dragonfly I saw is the four spotted chaser.

I have abandoned my other nature reserve study for the moment as I seem to have been captivated by the bog. I will show some sketches from here in my next post but here is an old painting from a bog in Elan valley with a dam drawn in graphite in the background.