A little bit of nature's brightness to cheer us up in winter:
Despite a winter so far here in East anglia including little bit of snow, sleet, rain, fog and freezing temperatures, on a stroll one sunny day last week I spied all these brave plants growing in the hedgerow opposite our houses in the lane. Some may have been planted a while back by neighbours or our predecessors, as I dont think they are all wild. Must be very sheltered here for them to continue to show their lovely faces here in the middle of January. I leave you to name them.
Just to prove the fog element of our winter weather of late here's a photo from my study window looking past the apple tree (with pigeons or doves) to the church tower in the mist one morning.
I've been playing with my YUPO 'paper' and finding it much more difficult than putting watercolour onto gesso. Oh well, I think I must forget trying to achieve a 'picture' and just play with colour and techniques. I've bought some rollers (smooth sponge) to blend the colours side by side or smooth an area so maybe I'll end up with an abstract effect. I'll keep you posted!