Experiment

These are the branches of Enkianthus and Hazel (the body) and Azalea (harmonising assistant) I pruned earlier and placed in some bottles with pebbles, somewhat inspired by my reading about the art of ikebana. At the time of pruning the Enkianthus was only branch, with a little pink and green turret on top. The Hazel branch looks still like gathered racehorses.
For the background I wanted something plain, so I tried a white tablecloth. It had been folded into squares which did not look very attractive so I ironed it and then was reminded of the picture by Egon Shiele ‘Autumn Sun’ with the delicate autumn rays depicted by something looking like folded paper. So I folded the tablecloth in three and then further to make that central pattern in one third of the cloth. Hopefully looking a little crepuscular [more creepy than muscular].
I find that with Permanent Rose, Aureolin and Perylene Green I can do a lot of colours, but not blue, so I have added Prussian and Ultramarine Blues.
To mark the centre of the cloth pattern I placed a piece of white blue tack. I don’t need to use masking fluid as the foreground will be darker than the background.

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Witch Hazel

My little Witch Hazel in the garden blossomed, with a little help of added ericaceous compost. Looking closely at the flowers, the petals seemed to me like ribbons of paper and having recently imagined a tree that might grow bonbons, this fitted quite well with that idea… the ‘humbugs’ are there, the plant helpfully shreds the wrapper to make access easier.

Notes: I like the colours Permanent Rose, Aureolin and Perylene Green, so have altered the image of the Witch Hazel to enable the use of those colours, this time in paler shades. I am using Masking Fluid (removable). And I am trying to use up the tubes of paint I bought, which I am not used to.

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Circles 2

As before, though image taken later – flowers more open. Don’t want to use Aquapasto anymore, I prefer plain water, for me it feels more free. Whilst doing the sketch I was thinking of egg shapes for each of the flower heads, so wanted to change the title to (synesthesia I meant to write…) ‘synthesis’, but O said no.
Notes: the image is almost too full of detail, but hardly no tone, so I am ‘drawing’ the outlines in watercolour before starting to colour. I am trying to blend the colours, applying the colours or colour combinations separately and blending with a clean n. 2 brush (with water). Instead of colouring light to dark, I am choosing some flowers on the perimeter to practice on first, even though they are darker. Blending as above has caused a few watermarks with darker colours, so I am using different brushes for different colours and blending that way.

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Circles 1

The Amalgam picture reminded me a little of Klee, part-image, part- abstraction and the circles created by the eye of the peacock feathers, so when I saw some Ranunculus I thought I would continue with the circles. It became a Colour Liberation exercise.

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Amalgam 1

Lichens and a peacock

The picture I took of a peacock wandering around at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo was not too clear, but I wanted to paint those colours, so I chose a picture of some lichen and will try to amalgamate them. I have tried this in the past and have found it tends to be more successful if I don’t just ‘borrow’ the colours but also some other characteristic, hence the vague shape of the peacock as well as some of the colours. Lichen itself is an amalgam, loosely, it consists of algae and fungi, in a symbiotic relationship.

Notes: this combination is quite tricky – 1) the image of the lichen had dark and light reversed so I eventually flipped and reprinted – 2) the peacock tail has a fullness that the lichen does not possess and which is important to me – tone helps to define this, so I reprinted the black and white image having increased the contrast.

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Allifuntee

Elephants at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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When a Child is Born

When a Child is Born is a  Christmas carol, it tells us:
…”And all this happens because the world is waiting,
waiting for one child; black, white, yellow, no one knows,
but a child who will grow up and turn tears to laughter,
hate to love, war to peace, everyone to everyone’s neighbour,
misery and suffering will be words to be forgotten”…
I believe we can all be that child, each and every one of us, insofar as it is possible for us to achieve that.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (p 245) J.K. Rowling writes “It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
It is by our choices that we can choose to be that child, if we want to, insofar as we can.

N.B. Sorry about the delay in posting. My fault. Router got unplugged somehow but still looked on.

The Bactrian Camels from ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for a nativity theme.

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