Friday, 22 May 2015
I have painted this in watercolour with a very limited palette of four, perhaps five, colours. Right from the start, this one just flowed - the washes went right, the colours worked together and everything I tried worked first time. Possibly helped by the fact I was feeling better, who knows, I just know I am very happy with this one!
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Being hungry hasn't stopped him from charging around the woods and trees as normal though - someone should inform him that he is approaching 91 in dog years!
On the needles this week: DIY accessories!
Thursday, 14 May 2015
I'm kind of wishing I hadn't bothered with a background, but I felt it lacked something. I may sit and look at this for a couple of days to see if there is anything else that needs doing but it will probably stay as it is - self-doubt needs to be squashed sometimes!
I've seen some cow parsley on my walks that I really want to paint - might have to pick myself a bunch today!
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Anyway, the biscuits are a pretty basic shortbread recipe with the only criteria being they must not be baked until too crispy as you have to make a small dent in the centre so that the viola will lay flat. I was a bit worried when the flowers were covered in sugar initially as they weren't really visible, but after an hour or so they looked just fine. And taste fine too!
I am glad the weather is not so good today though, I might actually get on with some work instead of wandering around inspecting the plants every half hour or so!
On the needles - still working on that complicated denim blue waistcoat
On the easel - still working on the two green parrots, but it should be finished today.
Sunday, 10 May 2015
It's been a funny old weekend - no chance to paint unfortunately. Plenty of knitting - another object for Nudinits completed and ready to go, one sock completed (can I make a second? Lay your bets...) and more of the complicated cotton waistcoat done.
Also took a trip to Lidl and stocked up on Greek foodstuffs as they have a bit of a themed week going on - so we have a freezer jammed full of cheese pies & leek & cheese pies, and a cupboard full of sesame bars, almond bars, sunflower seeds, olive oil and the biggest jar of olives ever. So it's lentil soup, Greek salad & tiropitta for tea tonight! I often cook Greek food, but it's also good to get a few treats that have the authentic taste too.
Nearly wrecked my hands playing with my new mini hedge/grass clippers - terrific little gadget but boy did it make my thumb hurt! I clipped half the hedge then had to admit defeat, but also had fun barbering the grass - it has never looked so well coiffed!
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
There are also some little treasures being made for Nudinits, but you'll have to wait a couple of weeks before seeing them on Twitter.
Monday, 4 May 2015
So it is hard to stay out of the garden these days when the sun is shining, and it would seem it has gone back to being my little sanctuary once again.