11/03/2008

November Illuminations of Nature


Here is my offering for November, it is part of a series of work which I call "Illuminations of Nature" A series of twelve decorative panels, one for each month.

Now is the time to see pheasants in the countryside, I am not sure when the shooting season starts but I guess it must be about now. There is something very autumnal about their colouring don't you think? Maybe mother nature painted them to blend in with the hedgerows so they would have a sporting chance to avoid being shot?

If you click on the image you will see it more clearly. 

27 comments:

  1. Love the little feathers..and I hate the shooting season:(

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  2. I couldn't help but think how pretty this would be as a silk scarf!

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  3. This is so beautiful Valerie.
    Is it water colour?
    By the way the foot I use on my sewing machine is called a darning foot for free hand machining.

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  4. Lovely picture Valerie!

    I always pick up a pheasants feather if I see one. I love the colours.

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  5. This is beautiful Valerie! A bird lover I am, and as our house overlooks a bird sanctuary I get incensed when I hear the guns going off. We've been known to stand on the roof and roar at them when they get too close!

    Over the years we've had various pairs of pheasants living at the end of the garden, and it became a family pastime to gather at the window when they came out for their evening stroll around the lawn. Sadly it's a few years since we've seen any.

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  6. Hi Valerie...
    It is beautiful!
    I love the blue~ very fresh~
    Such a lovely November!

    Wishing you the best~
    Michelle

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  7. I agree with Willow it make such a lovely present.

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  8. What a beautiful depiction of my favourite month of the year! Superb art as always. :)

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  9. Lovely illustration. I love to see pheasants in the fields at this time of year - in fact I tried to photograph some last week. They are such silly creatures though as they run towards cars on the road instead of away from them and you have to watch out for them on the verges.

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  10. Those feathers are beautifully painted! We have Pheasants all over the place around here, and partridge, released by the local Estate for the shooting season: Partridge 1st Sept to 1st Feb; Pheasant 1st Oct to 1st Feb.

    Celia

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  11. You really are so talented. May I ask what sort of paints you use? If I had just a touch of your skills I would be very happy.

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  12. Your vision of November is delightful. I would not have associated blue with this month ... and now I will. The painting is so beautiful. I would guess that you must do many sketches out of doors, or spend lots of time out of doors, to develop your wonderful feeling for nature.

    (I also thank you for your kind comments.)

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  13. Thanks for all your interesting comments,suggestions and information. Now, thanks to Celia, I know when the shooting season is, I am surprised it lasts so long.

    Willow and Hermes, I think the design would need to be square, it does remind me of a silk scarf also. Maybe I might try it digitally printed on silk one day.

    Kayla coo and Simone, I use water soluble inks and water colours, my favourite being Dr Ph Martins. I also am still using a medium that I have since being a fabric design student called Procion, these are very concentrated dyes in powder form, I have found that you can get very fine details with them as there is no thickening added, they do fade rather quickly though, that is the down side.

    Welcome Michelle and Frances from across the ocean.

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  14. Gosh you do paint beautifully Valerie... the pheasants are running across the roads round here... in a rather comical manner! Yes the shooting has started... I hate it.

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  15. Might we keep our eyes open for a calendar with all your Nature Illuminations? I hope so.

    Your choice of colors is always unexpected. The lovely blue for November is a welcome contrast to the abundance of warm color during the season. Intentional I am sure.

    I also notice your style is full of what I call little frillies. tiny details and flittering decor for the viewer who stops to really look.

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  16. As with your last one - this would make a fantastic jig saw. I do so admire your work acornmoon - it is absolutely beautiful. The shooting season has started (see my blog on pheasants) and it is awful - I do so want them all to survive. I think you are right about them blending with autumn colours.

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  17. Hello acornmoon - thanks for the visit. Here is the information you asked for. A "dry cow" is one that is dried off, i.e. milked less and less until she has none left - usually she is a pregnant cow. As you probably know, calves are taken from their mothers very young in the dairy herd - they are fed their mother's milk but the rest of her milk goes into the production quota. When she becomes pregnant again she is dried off in preparation for building her up during pregnancy. Cows are very prone to mastitis and this is all done in an effort to prevent her getting it.

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  18. My goodness, this is lovely!
    12 pieces? Does this lead to a calendar, a beautiful calendar!

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  19. Last Sunday, whilst driving through some lovely countryside on the Surrey/Sussex border we saw lots of pheasants along the roadside. I really haven't seen so many in a long time. x

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  20. Fond though I am of pheasant stew, I am not fond of the shoots we have round here, nor the bolshy gamekeepers and upperclast twarts which accompany them. It is indeed the shooting season, though I don't think there is anything sporting about it, as the poor, stupid things are driven out of the cover by beaters.
    Which is not what I meant to say...I meant to admire your lovely picture...

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  21. It's just lovely. And I love your previous post! It just might be the cutest creature I've ever seen!

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  22. Beautiful! - it looks like a page from a beautiful calender that you hang in a frame on your cottage wall. My current calender is from America. I always look at it as being 12 works of Art to enjoy throughout the year! Maybe I will upload a photo on my blog to show November from my current one - of course the seasonal pics tend to be a little out of whack for us Aussies, but I love the artwork, so maybe next time I will need to get a calender from the UK. I clicked on the picture that took me to Judges, but I wasn't sure what you had illustrated.

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  23. That is a lovely piece of work. I am full of admiration

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  24. that's beautiful, I've seen lots of pheasants recently, you're right they do look very autumnal,,,

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    For details pop over to mine.

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