We heard the birds singing early today, as it was such a lovely morning and the sun was streaming into the back of the house. Outside it was cold and frosty but such a beautiful bright day, and as we drove up and over the moors we admired the sight of the snow covered Lakeland hills. The view looked spectacular, huge white shapes and a clear blue sky.
The December landscape is now stripped bare and it is easy to see the patterns of the stone walls and the dark linear shapes of the trees showing their structure of trunks and branches. We passed lots of little woods where we could glance through the tall trees and see the dead and dry woodland floor, everywhere in pale shades of browns and then the bright rusty coloured bracken which glows in the sunlight.
It was bitterly cold as we wandered around the market town, as the market traders blew into their hands and danced from foot to foot trying desperately to keep warm. Hats, scarves and gloves were essential and everyone seemed to move around quickly doing their business and avoiding staying out longer than needed. Our journey home was so pretty in the sunlight, as the sun was so low in the sky it cast a pink glow and made the dark trees stand out even more. As we reached home it was almost sunset and we witnessed a deep pink sky on this clear frosty evening. It was lovely to return to a warm fireside.
I chose red, yellow ochre, sepia and black and all of the shades were mixed from the four inks.
I used the thin brush and every tiny line was made slowly as I meticulously painted the objects.
The finished drawing.
I have been knitting a tiny cardigan and some warm blankets this week for a little birthday girl. And of course the mouse wanted to help paint!
Thank you for your comments. Hope you enjoy seeing what I have been drawing and knitting for my little friends birthday. Hope you are all keeping warm and cosy.
Best wishes to everyone. Millyx