I don't do many buildings or street scenes, although I have in the past painted pictures of all of our past and present homes, our friends' house up the road and the home of one of the couples that came to visit this year, and enjoyed doing all of them. I thought that maybe I'd… Continue reading Olde Worlde
Over the course of this summer we had 4 separate sets of visitors from the UK visiting for various lengths of time. All of them were offered the chance of a whale-watching trip on the Bay of Fundy and we were successful with three of the four couples. Our first visitors were, unfortunately, just too… Continue reading Whale-watching
Back in the UK, the 'Christmas bird' is easy, it's always the Robin ('real robin', as we tend to know it as in this house!) but over here in North America there seems to be more choices. One bird commonly adopted for this purpose is the Northern Cardinal. The males have the seemingly requisite bright… Continue reading Merry and Bright…
It is getting wintry around here, so a 'year tick' (in birding terms, a species of bird that you have not seen this year) is very welcome. Marsh Wren is considered to be mostly a transient or vagrant bird in Nova Scotia, with only a few actually nesting here. Added to that, they live deep… Continue reading Akimbo!
People who read the blog regularly know that I usually use Mark's or my own photographic references. Mark, in particular, takes excellent bird and wildlife shots and is very generous in allowing me to use them (if he knows what's good for him ;), that is!). I have only actually gone to a photo sharing… Continue reading Guest Photographer
Well, here's the thing. I really enjoyed doing the 'portrait' in the previous piece. 'Cat-napping', which was a bit of a surprise. I've never been that drawn to portraiture previously. So, I decided to capitalise on that feeling and have another go at a portrait, but who to 'do'? Well, my husband, Mark, had previously… Continue reading Birder
A bit of fun, and another set of new pencils (I told you I was addicted!). This time more watercolour pencils, the companion set to the Polychromos, the Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer. These are the same colours as in the Polychromos and I thought that they would provide a few different shades to my Supracolors and… Continue reading Cat-napping