Thursday, April 09, 2020

Nothing Last Forever

Hi there...

The past few days have been warm and sunny... I did some painting and then spent a few hours in the garden just relaxing.
The hum of the traffic, not as constant but still more than busy considering the situation, was joined by birdsong and in the distance the sound of children's voices. The cats are enjoying the weather, Missy on mouse patrol and Ginger boy rolling on the warm ground.
To all intent and purposes, everything is normal...Butterflies and bees are vying for the first flowers of Spring. Buds are opening, shoots are beginning to cover the borders and the birds are going about their daily life. Nature is oblivious to the pandemic and for the most part so am I.
Like all that is happening on our planet is, well, somehow elsewhere.
 I watch a little of the news, I cry at the stories and the images. I see the struggles of the health workers and all the brave people who are keeping everything going and I'm full of admiration and a sense of guilt that I'm not contributing anything...
Reality hits only when I have to venture out for necessities wearing a mask, gloves and avoiding everyone that comes near, when I lay my head down at night and Covid-19 invades my dreams and then when I wake, grateful once more that we have another day.
Easter is upon us and it's always signified new beginnings, we still have much to be grateful for and much to enjoy... Nature heals and so will we

Be blessed

~ Ros ~


Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Spring Flowers

Hello everyone... I hope you and your families are doing okay
We have lovely sunshine today and the trees are bursting into life here... Even my Lilac is in bud.

I've been painting lots of flowers over the past weeks and this is one of my earlier attempts which I think fits the challenge at

CAS Waterolour

Hosted by Susan

Entering this challenge over the years is what gave me the confidence to try  and progress with watercolour - Now in self isolation I play with my paints daily.

When it comes to designing, inspiration is sorely lacking and I shut my mind off to how much I've spent on dies and stamps which are being neglected.

I guess it's just the time we are living in right now... Nothing is the same

Be safe and well my friends and enjoy your day

~ Ros ~

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Living in Lala Land

Hello there... How are you all?
I've taken to living in my own Lala Land where it's virus free and and we can venture wherever we want...
Well in my painting that is...

See here I've hung out the washing and taken a trip out with my nextdoor neighbour

It's summer time all year round here so I don't have to worry about the rain

This is where my friend lives... They have a big house in a leafy part of the woods

We've been invited to tea there later this afternoon but first we are off to check on some empty properties in Bluebell Wood for my neighbour's daughter who is also an artist

They need a little revamping but it's quite a nice area and the outhouse could be very useful as a studio

Okay, I have to dash... 

Be safe 

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

CAS Mix Up Challenge

Hello there...Welcome to April
I hope you are keeping well during these worrying times. 

As always the CAS MixUp has a new challenge for you chosen by Loll

If you are unsure about this technique, please check out the videos up on the blog as well as the terrific examples by the team and this month's wonderful guest Designer

Okay on to my card...

This is not a technique I've done before but I'm always up for a challenge ... I started by randomly stamping and embossing the leaves onto black card, then poured some household bleach into a little jar, took a small paintbrush and just 'painted' the leaves

The effect is  really amazing... Rememer you need to do this in a ventilated area if you have strong bleach like me.

The little butterfly was fussy cut from a shop bought card - I was sending this as a sympathy card and it seemed appropriate.

Now that most of us are restricted to being at home, it's the perfect opportunity for you to play along, create something beautiful in a not so beautiful world and have fun

Be safe out there my friends

~ Ros ~

Monday, March 30, 2020

A Piece of the Garden

I'm lost with the days... One just flows into another and the clocks going forward only added to the confusion Lol! 
The warm sunshine we were experiencing quickly developed in to dull and cold weather.
Someone asked me if I was bored yet... Me bored???
In truth I think I've been social isolating for years. DH was always either working or out somewhere with someone so I got used to being alone and found lots to occupy myself with... Boredom to me is doing the same things without progression... I like to learn, try new things.
As you know I've been trying free hand painting with watercolours lately and the one I'm sharing today has to be my very favourite and IS going to be framed
 I did do a little sketching first, just to get the pots as a starting point - I seem to have a 'thing' about plant pots

My friend Stella bought me my first set of Prima paints and once I started to use them I was sold
I do use a little bit of acrylic paint for the white dots you often see, and here, for the purple berries.
Unfortunately my garden pots are not as pretty but small shoots are starting to appear, maybe by time we are out of isolation there will be flowers too. Till then I'll create my own and continue to pop into your blogs and enjoy the beauties you share
 Have a good day and take care

~ Ros ~

Friday, March 27, 2020

For Friends

Hi! How are you doing?

Well we've had the most beautiful weather lately but don't get too jealous... It's not going to last.
It takes the gloom out of everything though - Our Prime Minister has tested positive for the virus, along with Prince Charles whilst we alas, have no testing available, so we have to just hope and enjoy the sunshine whilst we can

I've already sent some of my painted cards to friends - DH wanted me to frame them all but it seems stupid to keep them all especially now - Here are 3 more which have also been sent to friends

Honestly I don't know what I like doing best... Painting or doodling 

I know one thing... I can churn these out much quicker than ordinary cards 

You all know I lost my best friend last October... Amongst her many talents, was a brilliant artist and sculptor. Today would have been her birthday and I can't help but think how much she would have loved that I am attempting to paint albeit in my own way and my own style... 

Stay well my friends... 

~ Ros ~
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