As Midsummer moves into 'high summer', I have continued to walk, snatching moments in the late evening, when I can find a little breathing space from the chores and stress of life.
I am constantly enchanted by the ever changing play of light across this landscape,
The low evening light turns everything to gold.
Even the humble nettle appears jewel encrusted in the light of the setting sun
I try, endlessly, to translate this light show into paintings!
Several of these originals are framed and heading off to adorn the walls of The Mill End Hotel.
Evening is also the best time to see all manner of wildlife. This doe is often to be seen in the ponies field on the edge of the woods. I crept right up to her on this occasion, across the field in stealth mode (wearing my invisibility cloak), even Captain didn't notice me, and he is usually the first to sense me arrive.
I've also managed a few more cards for the Oracle Deck. These are all part of the earth set.
Excepting 'Mr Grumpy', who was a reject for the deck. I had some over- complicated thinking going on, and decided to buck against the imagery I was being given for the hare, and take it in the direction I wanted instead. So I painted two versions in tandem. Out came Mr Grumpy! But he wasn't right for the deck - I could see as soon as I had finished that the Golden Hare below was a perfect fit, and captured the energy of the card just right.
Luckily 'Mr Grumpy' was immediately snapped up by a customer, and has a home where he is much appreciated!