Author Archives: Nancy Leigh-Smith
There is still a bit of yellow in some of the oaks.
A little over a week ago I had some colour in my back yard.
The colours were much more subdued than the previous week.
The oaks on the other hand were in their glory.
But some of the oaks had started losing their leaves.
These were in less protected locations.
One was a victim of November 1’s winds.
Here are 3 more sketches done in ink on my morning walks last week. The watercolour was added later. Most of the reds were gone but surprisingly some of the sumac were still persisting.
I was planning to paint the sumac behind my house yesterday (Friday) but after the heavy rain overnight on Thursday and the strong winds yesterday it looked something like this..
Last weekend I did two ink sketches on my morning walk. I added watercolour later.
The last couple of days I’ve been walking, taking pictures of the fall colours. When I got back yesterday I went right back out with my watercolours to paint this view from my driveway.
I love this time of year when there is still some green among the yellows, oranges and reds.
Lately I’ve been painting birds, trying to do them loosely but not very successfully. I get too involved in trying to make them look like what they are.
This spring, a pair of Baltimore Orioles visited my Hummingbird feeder, bypassing the Oriole feeder that was also out. (The Hummingbirds use both feeders.) I put out some oranges and the female was very assertive in not giving up her place to the male.
I saw a large flock of Tree Swallows down at Grassy Bay just before the bugs got really bad. They flew too fast for me to get a picture of them flying but several of them rested on some reeds and I was able to get a photograph to paint.
These three needle-felted pieces are in the Out of the Box exhibition “Summer Fibrations” currently at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte. They are a little larger than the ones I posted last week. They are 9 X 12 and 12 X 9 inches.
They are all based on watercolour sketches or paintings that I did of scenes near my cottage in Calabogie.
The show is on until July 6, 2019.
The 3 pieces shown here today are small pieces (6 x 6, 6 X 8 and 6 x 12 inches) and all depict trees. All three were needle felted onto cotton fabric.
For the one on the left, I hand-spun wool in tight curls to use as the foliage.
This next one was on my blog previously. It uses free motion embroidery over the wool for added dimenson and texture.
The small pieces will be grouped according to colour around a larger similarly coloured piece.
Summer Fibrations promises to be a fabulous show with 215 fibre art pieces of various techniques and colours. Hope you get a chance to come to Almonte to see it.
My next post will feature my larger pieces that are in the show.
The black flies are out but if I keep walking I don’t get bitten, much. Fortunately, Thursday morning, on my early morning walk, I only encountered clouds of non-biting midges. I stopped to sketch this tree with my pen and added watercolour when I returned home.
It looks like many of the branches may be dead as there are no leaves on them. Or maybe this tree is just a little slow.
I find black animals a challenge to paint. I took a photo of this Red-winged Blackbird a week or so ago.
I used Daniel Smith’s Goethite (Brown Ochre) for the initial wash of the bird as well as in the background. I’ve had this paint in my palette for awhile but haven’t really used it. It’s more black than brown, but I love the granulation. This version is pretty close to the photograph.