The last few days have been so hot here, and these ponies’ tails keep on swishing at those persistent flies. I love their patchwork piebald colours and the orderly way they have stationed themselves with their faces as close to the wall as they can.
Highland Cows in the Cotswolds
Having visited Scotland last year I have seen Highland Cattle in fields in their native country, yet my own photos of Highland Cows are taken very near my home in the Cotswolds where they roam free over hundreds of acres of natural land during the summer months.Sometimes they just stand on the road and the traffic have to wait for them to move. I love that these cows are extremely docile and have characterful & steadfast faces.
Nosey Highland Cow and Tonal Variation
A helpful way to review tonal variation in a painting is to take a black and white photo. If you are struggling with a painting and cannot quite figure out how to fix it a quick snapshot can point out problems in this area. My black and white photo here shows a good range of darks through to white. There was just a bit of light shadow to add to the face to finish.
In North America these cute birds are called Chickadees..
Attempt number two for the day …more textures and layers on this Hobby, an aerialist falcon taking its prey on the wing.
These images are framed and for sale currently at Mann Jewellers in Stroud – http://www.mannjewellers.com/contact
Sold! From Studio No 71 in Totnes, my Barn Owl with Stopwatch original painting with gold leaf.
This weekend after a trip to Dartmoor we dropped in to collect some work from Studio 21 which has a great position at the bottom of the High Street. The shop is small but packed with interesting things to discover; pictures, sculptures, plates and bowls and glass and pottery and more!
Not only did we arrive on a day when a customer was about to purchase one of my original paintings, but Studio No 71 had also sold a framed Moongazing Hare print of mine during that day too.
How strange, not to have sold for quite some time, and then two in one day and when I was visiting!
It is so nice to meet the individual who likes my art enough to buy it and hang it on their wall. An image that I have formed from my imagination strikes its own chord with another person, and off it goes on its own journey, in this instance wrapped and strapped onto a bicycle!
Grateful for time with friends and walks on Dartmoor just as the season is turning and when such coincidences are a delight.
Studio 71 facebook page.