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A Light Dusting of Snow

The snow was preceded by freezing rain. The small amount that fell was enough to cover roofs roofs and cars.

Since then we’ve had more snow and now the ground is white.

Winter Visitors

These three were part of a larger group that visited me several times last winter. I saw their footprints frequently but only managed to see the deer a few times.

Painted from a photograph.

Transition

I took the photograph from which I painted this scene a few weeks ago, after the first real snow. Only a few trees still had their colours. Two days later the snow had all melted. The leaves didn’t last much longer.

Milkweed

Watercolour from photographs taken on my walk.

Last of the Colour (Almost)

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.

Fall Colours

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.

Break Out of Your Shell and Fly

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.

 

A Song Sparrow singing by the side of the road on my morning walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Summer Fibrations – 2

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.

The Trail

The Causeway

Off the Path

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Sheltered Shoreline

I have tried several times to do this type of painting but they have never worked out. This one, done from one of my photographs is the best so far.

I think I used every green in my palette as well as a few mixes.

Spring Tree

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.

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