9/13/2008

Bright eyes and berries


The illustration below is taken from my Hedgerow Collection. The pattern around the central dormouse square was inspired by fungi.

Ted and I are making the most of the late afternoon daylight hours before the clocks change, it's so much nicer to walk in the sunshine!

The hedgerows are full of berries, I love the way that each shiny berry reflects the light, making the hedges glow.

Throughout my working life I have had to learn to store away reference material, it is inevitable that a Christmas commission has to be completed in mid summer and visa versa. How much more inspiring it would be to be able to paint in sync with the seasons. Now I have my digital camera it is possible to take hundreds of images and if I make a mistake, I can easily delete the image. I don't have to worry about wasting film anymore, so thank you to the brains behind the technology!

20 comments:

  1. Ted looks great in this purle heather haze...
    Youre Hedgerow collection is magnificant.I love the Fungi touch...
    Very soon i will finish my book.Next week Saturday we travel to Spain for two weeks and there in a very quiet place i will write the last words (and this makes me sad in a strange way).But yet also exited because the story will be told in the classroom by two teachers to the children (age 6 to 8) This ,so i can make some last changes if neccecary!
    Its my firts book thats going to be pubished ,and i am already buisy with the next story.:)
    You photographs are also very arty!
    Have a wonderfull weekend .

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  2. I adore the fungi inspired pattern - it reminds me of Kaffe Fassett designs. I so looking forward to some autumnal country walks - I getting there, a few steps at a time!

    Celia

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  3. I adore that picture of Ted in the heather! Magical. Just like your hedgerow collection!

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  4. What a splendid little chap Ted is - he obviously enjoys his walks. The berries are wonderful aren't they - we walked around Trentham lake today and saw so many berries - hawthorn, elder,rowan, juniper and black berries - all wonderful inspirtations, I'm sure, for your work. The illustration is lovely.

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  5. Dear Dutchess,

    I am sending you all my good wishes for your book, how exciting for you, I hope you let us all know what it is about soon. It's a very good idea to read your story to children, they are the very best critics.

    Celia, I hope you are feeling well enough to enjoy the season especially now we seem to be having a bit of sun.

    Pamela and Rosie, Thanks for your kind words, Trentham is lovely isn't it?

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  6. Charming illustration. His eyes are like two bright berries! Yes, the fungi inspired pattern is wonderful.

    This little Ted is just too handsome!! Lovely berry pix.

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  7. Lovely berry photos ! So magical. The little dog is super cute too. :)

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  8. Hello

    Where I live, hawthorn berries are especially startling at present - which is odd because, when the blossoms were out earlier in the year, we remarked how few there were.

    Lucy Corrander
    http://picturesjustpictures.blogspot.com/

    P.S. I came here via Purple Podded Peas as part of a blog-hop.

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  9. Your hedgerow pictures are beautiful.

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  10. Valerie, I love that illustration and can't wait to see more. Yes cheers to the digital camera it is a cost saver and a great editor. I have to admit that I still have a 4x 5 and a 35mm and use them! There is something about not knowing exactly what is going to come, the expectation, like holding an unopened letter in your hand.

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  11. The little mousie amongst the fungi is so sweet.I'm sure they must be inspired by your love of Nature and devotion to critters.
    I think Ted already knows that too!
    Susan

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  12. Hello acornmoon - just came across your blog. Just to say I love your dog and I love your photos. I live in the country and am mad about anything to do with natural history - shall visit you again.

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  13. Hi Lucy and weaver of grass, you are more than welcome, nice to see you, I hope you return.

    Stephen, I know what you mean about your 4x5, we bought a Nixon 35mm years ago, it cost an arm and a leg, sadly, it is virtually worthless now. For the less serious "snapper" like me, I am amazed at the resolution capable of fairly inexpensive digital cameras, what's more, they are so lightweight. I am a new convert!

    Thanks Willow, Christy, Kayla Coo and Miss Maddie, I hope I have not left anyone out. It's so nice that you visit and leave your comments, thank you, I appreciate it and so does Ted.

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  14. What magical Autumnal pictures. Colour and light and all things nice. I especially love that perky wee chap of yours. He's exactly the sort of dog I may be persuaded by my persistent daughter to get!

    And another beautiful illustration. Hedgerows and woodland creatures, my favourite.

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  15. I so enjoyed this post - your photos and digital pieces are lovely.
    Thanks for sharing !

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  16. I totally agree with you about the camera! I am also a digital camera convert. 'Keep the best, delete the rest'!
    I love your mouse and the jewelled hedgerows.
    Oh and of course your cute little dog :)

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  17. Great stuff Valerie... I have always loved hedgerowy things and that aspect of your work is wonderful...
    Isn't autumn nice :)

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  18. Hi,
    I have just given you an award on my blog.x

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  19. I was looking at the first picture before I read your post and thinking to myself "gee, that looks like fungi!" It looks fabulous! And the little mouse is so cute.
    I haven't noticed any berries yet--I'll have to start investigating! I guess it's that time of year. Lovely photos!

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  20. Wow, you make such beautiful things. I'll be back!

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