Sunday, 3 April 2016

April Showers

April arrived along with the rain, it has rained and rained, shower after shower, with non stop rain. This afternoon I was pleased to see some relief with a couple of hours of sunshine before it started raining again.


I have mixed feelings as my fritillary crop is starting to flower and they are not going to last long in this rain. I went outside and picked some to draw. I spend a long time choosing a particular specimen as they are all different and yet all beautiful. Different patterns and colours and shapes as they are beginning to flower. I really feel excited each year as my Snakehead fritillary start to grow again.



I worked in pen and ink, it is a slow process dipping in the ink , observing the flower and recording the markings. I used a new ink colour called Indian Red, a Calligraphy ink. I recorded two buds, now opened up to the full flowers.


I then used some of my own homemade ink to record a flower, it worked out beautifully and I hope you realise how long it took with a dip in pen and all done by hand. I think it shows, shows that I care and love these flowers so much I am willing to spend the time.

I love watching them grow each year knowing I planted each tiny bulb myself and seeing how I am rewarded with such beautiful flowers. I hope to sketch as many as possible in this new sketchbook I have just started.



My favourite Woodstock hyacinths are giving off such a sweet scent. Last Thursday evening I sat on the step next to them listening to the birds sing as the sun was setting.



Another favourite scented flower is the primrose, these are growing in my garden so I picked a few flowers as they remind me so much of Easter time and as a member of the village brownies we collected little posies from the village hedgerows to give out to old people. I love their delicate scent as it immediately transports me back to my childhood, sadly they do not grow in so many of those places any more.

I made a new bag for Easter, with my hare drawings I did for Peony and Sage, my sepia ink drawings are used on the linen fabric. This one has just the sitting hare but there is also Fudge Hare fabric which has both my jumping hare and my sitting hare design on together.


I lined it with a primrose coloured fabric I had in my stash, here's the inside pocket.


I hope you all enjoyed your Easter. I have been working at two more pages in my square book I started this year. I have also chosen some lovely moments to share.... A butterfly in my bedroom which seems to follow me around the house.

The evening I wondered what was happening outside as I looked up from my drawing. It looked like the sky was on fire.


I ran upstairs to see the view from a bedroom, it was a rainbow forming and pink clouds.

I turned around and looked out at the front of the house to see this, rain showers and a sunset with a huge pink cloud formation. I was absolutely amazed. The most magical sight and that rainbow ending in my garden!


The view from my front windows. Very dramatic I think you will agree.


Just as quickly as the rainbow appeared it was gone, I am so glad I captured it on my iPad.



Another favourite flower. My sister bought me them for Easter, she knows I love them. Today I found a tiny flower press and collected a few flowers from around the garden and captured some of these too. I used to do this when I was young, between sheets of newspaper or in a thick book. Now I have a real flower press to use, seems too long since I have used one.


A quick look at the pages I am working on.


The two grey leaves and a pigeon feather, using pen and ink. It is a nearly there, a little pocket of time here and there. I am enjoying filling up new pages and recording my finds.


The skeleton leaves and China I found on the same walk as I wandered around the village lanes.


A foggy morning, a huge blanket of fog had crept across the estuary. I love that this view is always changing.


A gorgeous sky on Thursday and I will leave you with the sunset on Thursday evening. Such a lovely way to end the day. Thank you for visiting, and thank you for your comments which I love to read. I hope you enjoyed seeing my world and moments in my life. Hopefully I may have inspired you to look around where you live and see all the wonder around you. I would love to hear what you have noticed or something you found or inspired you in your environment.

See you soon. Millyx

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

March sunshine

Yesterday I thought that Spring had surely arrived. I woke to the birds singing so loudly it was as if a whole choir was sat on my window sill. The sun was streaming through the kitchen window and I ate my breakfast watching the cheeky blackbird waiting for me to feed him. I usually share my porridge and scraps of fruit and he knows when I am up as he hops towards the kitchen window.


I spent the day pottering around the garden and filled the green bin with remnants of dead plants and leaves. It was a chance to see what is growing and how all those little bulbs that you plant in late Autumn reward you with their appearance.


I planted the crocus as you enter the gate at the bottom of the garden, a lovely welcome blast of colour on the path.


The snowdrops are starting to fade but have been so lovely and the bright daffodils and crocus make a pleasing display. Each year I add a few more and always wish I had planted many more.

These lovely single snowdrops came from Wales, my friend dug them up from her orchard a few years ago, hope your looking Bron.

My absolute delight is to see the first of my fritillary crop in flower, I say it every year they really are my favourite flower, planted so I could draw them. I planted ninety new ones, such a tiny bulb and I am thrilled each year when they flower. I did a whole sketchbook of sketches last year, and will capture them again as they flower. ( the flower in my header).

Last Saturday was such a grey day with a high tide. I went into the garden and captured a spiders web covered in raindrops, then saw raindrops here too.


It was such a grey day looking out across the estuary, then I notice such beauty created by the damp day.



Last Saturday the estuary flooded with the high tide. And below the snow just a while ago. I love the way the view is always changing, everyday offers a different atmosphere.


How quickly you forget it when the sun shines. I sat on the front doorstep yesterday and looked out across the shore, and captured this view. I had spent such a lovely day outside, washing blowing in the sunshine and the brightest blue sky. It was five o'clock and the birds were singing and I could see all the flowers at the bottom of the garden. I felt so content, such a beautiful day. Later birds come to roost for the night in the rounded Laurel tree. Perhaps that is where my bird song choir comes from each morning.




I have been waiting for what seems a long time for the sun to use my Christmas gift. I was excited to try it out through the kitchen window one morning and this is what I did. I have been collecting objects and shapes to use and have some ideas but I am a complete beginner here.

My sun prints and The kit I used. I also have some fabric pieces in a kit to use but I am going to use these paper ones first. The paper is quite thin, I followed the instructions and this is what happened. I loved using it and the results. Watch this space!


I should have tried yesterday with such bright light but I was too busy, the forecast gives more sunshine so I can wait. Meanwhile I have been collecting from my walks and slowly record some memories of this year.


The next page in my square book has slowly formed.


And the two grey leaves are destined to feature on a page in time!


Then another page I am working on is this pale curled up sycamore leaf and some sycamore seeds. Dip in pen and inks, straight onto the page, and some paintbrush work in yellow ochre.



I hope you all all entering into some warmer days and seeing signs of Spring. I have been watching the three cherry blossom trees in the village and how the buds are getting ready to burst. It is the simple things in life that give you so much pleasure, nature gives us so much to be grateful for. I wanted to share some of those moments with you so I hope you enjoyed this post.


The view yesterday from the bottom of my garden. The lower branches of the huge Ash tree which is a playground to so many birds all day long. I must mention the doves who are now my alarm clock as they coo down the chimney pot.

Thank you for your comments and if you are visiting I would love to hear what you have been doing. See you soon. Millyx


Sunday, 21 February 2016


The colour of the mixing plate feels just right for the day I collected the objects which made page 2 in my new Square year book. It was such a wet and muddy day as I squelched up the waterlogged lane. It was hard to pick up leaves as they were all soggy and flimsy, my feet sank into the ground and footwear and jeans were filthy. Splashes of muddy water seemed to get everywhere.

Nevertheless I was inspired by what nature has to offer. It was brightened by red berries from wild roses in the hedgerows. Well once red rosehips as the winter weather has caused them to change, both in colour and shape. I chose A selection to show the signs of their decay so it would be recorded on this page. My pocket was full of delicate sycamore seeds also reflecting how time has changed them too. But the wonder of it all is when new life appears again.


Snowdrops in my garden and some of the bulbs growing well, these are my favourite hyacinth called Woodstock and are a maroon colour, similar to the glaze on the pots. I couldn't find them last year so was thrilled to find these in Wales when staying with my friend. Two pots the same, surrounded by daffodils. I love watching them grew.


It seems to have taken a while as the page was worked on slowly, a little more when my eyes were happy to as the light has been so poor.

You can see my collected objects curling and drying in the house.


As I work slowly inside, the bulbs are growing slowly outside. We are not in any hurry, slow is good.


Page two was eventually completed and then a new collection starts another new page. I have moved into a new area, my clutter follows me to a warmer place by the fire. This time I have three little China pieces washed out of the ground by the rain, three green ferns and a snail shell and more sycamore seeds and Hawthorne berries. Let's open the book and see it form.


I worked with a fine paintbrush and a dip in pen and acrylic inks .

I really enjoyed doing this, the lovely shapes of all the objects and a light and delicate feel to the ferns and sycamore and stalks of the berries.




I had a break from drawing and made a couple of little books. It was such a wet gloomy day outside but I felt happy and excited as I created my little books, seeing an idea and thought become something real. I love using my hands and making something from start to finish. Something I can use.

It was made with paper and glue and the linen fabric with my drawing of the sitting hare, which I did in sepia ink for 'peony and sage'. Untie the bow and see what I made.


It is hard to photograph but folded out like this ....

I also used up the spare paper I had cut and made this little zig zag book which I really like.

I used part of my drawing of the mouse in my house which I did a while ago.


And another mouse for the back. I am going to enjoy using this just as I enjoyed making it.


So the results of my little Saturday workshop, it did take many hours to cut, fold, glue the paper and make the fronts and backs but it makes them special when you know you did it all, and they are your drawings too.


So that's page two and page three,

And two new little books. I have been out doing a little gardening. Always Keeping my self busy and seeing lots of inspiration on my walks. My head always full of thoughts and ideas which include sewing, printing, patchwork and drawing and book making and well I will stop there! Hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been up too, now on to page 4. I will leave you with some 'sunshine in my pot', you wouldn't want to see the grey stormy day here as the rough tide is coming in.

Hope you are all keeping busy too, love to hear what you are busy making, painting or creating. Keep warm. See you soon .....Millyx