4/28/2009

Bluebell wood





I had plans this week to paint bluebells, as you can see they are at their best right now. Sunday was so mild and pleasant, walking through our local wood with birds busy nesting and bumblebees humming. Everywhere great drifts of bluebells as far as the eye could see.

Instead I am painting holly and poinsettia for a client in a hurry. These are the joys of being a freelancer, still, where would we be without Christmas? So whilst I am away please feel free to wander through our little wood, but please don't tell anyone else because it's our secret!

30 comments:

  1. Hello Valerie,
    The bluebells are wonderful this year,lovely pictures,makes me want to go out exploring again!

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  2. It looks like a special place to go walking especially with the wild flowers. Your dog is very cute!

    Gillian

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  3. Of all the things I miss about the English countryside, bluebell woods is close to the top. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Well, first things first, right? Lovely bluebells. I enjoyed your little wood.

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  5. What a lovely wood and your dog looks happy with all those trees (lol). I meant to go to the wonderful Bluebell Woods near Frome at the weekend but got diverted (apart from the rain).

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  6. This path is delightful! It will make a beautiful illustration one day in your special books. Thanks for sharing it and I will keep it secret. Well, mostly. : ) Jeanne

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  7. The bluebells look stunning. Thanks for letting us walk in your wood. We haven't got as many in our local wood.

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  8. Valerie, I'd LOVE to meander down your bluebell path! It reminds me of the little glades nearby Thomas Hardy's cottage in Dorset. One spring we were lucky enough to be there as they were blooming! Two artists were in his gardens painting watercolors of the cottage too. It was a charming place to visit!
    Diane

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  9. Bluebells really are the herald of summer, ours are out too, don't they smell heavenly?

    I am having Christmas thoughts too...

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  10. Oh how lovely to see bluebells blooming in an English wood! Your little dog looks happy about them too.

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  11. There's nothing better than the sweet songs of birds and the first flowers in Spring. This photo looks so inviting.

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  12. What lovely woods! I do love bluebells. Your little dog must enjoy living in a place with such lovely walks.

    Hope you are enjoying the Christmas illustrations! (Does it make you feel a bit disoriented, doing Christmas things coming up to May? I get really confused if I do unseasonal images and have to keep checking the calendar!!)

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  13. I love the way those blues make the woods seem so bright yet chilly in the shade.

    I have never seen bluebells like this. Must be native in your area?

    Beautiful.

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  14. What a beautiful woodland walk!

    We found bluebells too (and hares - twelve! but they're our secret)

    Celia
    x

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  15. Bluebell wood are magical aren't they? Your local walk looks lovely and Ted looks as if he is enjoying himself, too:)

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  16. What a spring wonderland! So pretty! So nice to see ted enjoying himself on such a lovely, lovely day.

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  17. to come across a carpet of bluebells is a truly magical thing. it must feel quite odd to be painting christmas things at this time of year!

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  18. Your bluebell path looks identical to the one we walked along on Monday, ours in Cumbria. We have a photograph so alike. I know you will have painted a beautiful fritillary. This has been such a good year for them flowering.

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  19. Well, we are still having the occasional snowstorm where I live, so no bluebells yet! It's so refreshing to gaze at these pictures. The wood looks so enchanting--thanks for posting these photos, Valerie!

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  20. Dear Ted has quite the magical place to wander, doesn't he?? Just a wonderland!

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  21. Valerie, you've got a beautiful walk there! Hoping that the bluebell wood will wait for you to finish the Christmas order.

    Best wishes.

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  22. Your Christmas designs are, of course, delightful . . . but bluebells are 'You'.

    Lucy
    PICTURES JUST PICTURES

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  23. Those woods look beautiful - it is a special time of year when the bluebells line the paths, xv.

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  24. I have always wanted to see Bluebells since reading Enid Blyton books as a youngster! Your part of the world looks lovely.

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  25. Soooo beautiful! Your pup is a dear heart...
    Hope your deadline goes well! Painting Christmas/winter when the weather is nice...hmmm...no fun! :)

    Hope you have a wonderful week..
    Michelle

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  26. The bluebells this year have been absolutely stunning. x

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  27. Hello, there! I have to ask, do you have a page on DeviantArt? Your wonderful bluebell forest looks like another I saw there--I was wondering if you are the same artist.

    Your work is lovely, by the way.

    Wow!

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  28. Hello Valerie, Oh, such very very lovely bluebells. How glorious it must be to walk downt he path with mother nature at her best. Lucky you. Can you collect the seeds of these bluebells and put them in your garden?? Hugs Judy

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  29. almost to pretty to be real! thank you for sharing!

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