My Sunday Photo... Last of the Summer Wine

I know... here I am once again posting photo's of butterflies and bees.
But these may be the last we see of these beautiful summer visitors until next year. 
So I want to indulge once more and appreciate them before they disappear. 
Autumn is waiting in the wings and I fear that this warm spell may be our last for some time. 
(Peacock Butterfly)
If you would like to encourage bees into your garden, then I strongly recommend that you plant Sedum plants into your borders.
(Red Admiral Butterfly)
I don't think I've ever seen so many bees on one flower head at the same time.
They were frantically gathering the nectar like it was the best bargain in town!
It was difficult to get a good shot because they were so busy... but I just wanted to capture how many there were. Obviously they like this particular plant and I remember that my sedums flowered right up to December last year.
If you look closely at this photo below you will see two bees and a butterfly.
I do love Autumn, but I don't want to rush into it... I want to make sure that summer is well and truly over first. 
Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Flutterbys and Snowflakes... PPF

Unfortunately, I haven't had much time for painting this week, so I thought I'd show you the finished butterfly page from a few weeks ago.
Yesterday, I spent the day doing extensive spring cleaning which even included cleaning windows both inside and out! 
But I shouldn't have bothered because by lunchtime the sun had disappeared and the snow flakes drifted slowly down like confetti. 
They gained momentum until the ground was covered with a white blanket. 
I couldn't believe the difference from the spring sunny morning to an afternoon spent in a winter wonderland.
Here's a photo of Mufftypup having a very confusing time. 
She virtually slammed on the breaks as she went running out of the door to this chilly white scene. 
It was certainly time for just a splash and dash!

(My son took this video of the snow. The birds singing at the beginning of the video certainly indicates that they think it's spring...he then made it slow motion which makes the snow flakes look great but you don't get to hear the wood peckers vibrating noise as he pecks the tree trunk)

I'm sorry that this post has been virtually a monochrome page. 
Hopefully, I'll have lots of colour for next week... especially if spring wins the battle over winter.

I'd like to thank Eva and Kristin for hosting the Paint Party Friday link once again.

Paint Party Friday
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with lots of creativity
I'm away for the weekend but I hope to catch up with you all soon.

What's On Your Workdesk 280 Pastels and Watercolours

Well, here we are at Wednesday once again. 
At the moment, it's all beginning to become a little blurred as to what day it is.
So in order for me to make the most of the today I'll be quick. 
I've emptied my art folder this afternoon in the hope that I'll manage to finish off a few things. 
Although, you can see sun outside the window and the farmers are working away it is rather chilly. 
In fact, this morning it was only 5 degrees and apparently I've been told there was even a little flurry of snow for about 5 minutes. I didn't actually see it as I was out and about.
Brrr.... anyway let's move on to my desk (or kitchen table) 
So there's the portrait and horse sketch that are still waiting for me to work on
(although I did add a little more shading to the horse earlier in the week ~ whilst football was on the television). 
I've actually moved two lamps into this space, so that I can work at night. 
It's ideal with so much footy on TV at the moment. 
This way everyone is happy  
This week in my art group, we used watercolours to produce a monochrome painting.
The piece was to be called a misty moonlight mountain scene... yeah right. 
I haven't used watercolours to a great degree, so it was both interesting and slightly scary.
As many of you will know, I like to work as precisely as I can and this exercise was very loose!
I used wax, clingfilm and salt... and we didn't bake a thing!
Unfortunately, you can't really see the moon and it's reflections on the lake but they're there. 
Now what else is on my desk...
Oh yes, there's the photo of Mufftypup. 
We're going to paint a pet or animal next week... this sadly could end a beautiful relationship between Muffy and me when she sees the outcome. I've tried on numerous occasions to draw her and each time failed miserably. 
We'll see if these classes can help. 
My teacher seems to think I'll have no problem! (HA!)  

The fingerless gloves are where my daughter left them after a painting session in the garage.
She's painting a LARGE canvas so it has to be done out there... plus she can paint with gay abandon in the garage. I'm surprised she can even bend her arms with how many layers she's having to wear... thermals are a must. Which reminds me that it's about time I popped the kettle on to help in the thawing out process.

So that's it for today, but maybe if you have time you would like to nip across to see some more desks throughout the here to visit Julie over at Stamping Ground.
Have a great day peeps and thanks for stopping by my place.
I hope to see you again soon.

Paint Party Friday... Pastels

Morning everyone.... it's that time of the week once again when we reveal all. 
Well, I should clarify that statement perhaps and say... to revealing what's on our work desks.

As you can see on mine, there's the ink drawing of my butterfly which I did post about last week.
I have to confess I went in once again and added a little more detail! 
I know, I just can't help myself.... but I did feel it needed a little more.
But that's it now... it's finished... and I mean it!
I'm now thinking about printing it on to tea towels or tote bags... what do you think?

As mentioned on one of my previous posts, I've also started a coloured butterfly design. 
I wanted to practice using my oil pastels, so this was an ideal project. 
Although having said that, it wasn't really because I didn't have a pastel blender other than my finger, which is now incredibly sore and has a little hole in the tip!
It also had a tendency to stick up and considering it's my middle finger it's causing some concern... whoops!
There's such a long way to go with this design and I'll need to spend quite some time on it to build up the colours.
Here's another photo from a few days later....

Here's a little peek at another desk that I've been working on...
Don't worry, I'm as shocked as you to be working on two desks this week! 
Obviously, the weather must be bad to keep me inside and creating art.
Maybe winter won't be so bad after all.

This desk was taken at my art group.
It's the last week that we will be using pastels and I was overjoyed to be doing a portrait (NOT)
Anyway, taking a deep breath I dived in.
I was thinking that if Penelope Cruiz ever saw my drawing then she'd probably sue me... but I persevered and was a (little) pleased with the outcome. 
Depending on the finished version, I may or may not show you at a later stage. 
But that's enough for this week because our host Julie over at Stamping Ground likes us to keep things brief so that we can hop and skip about to each others desks.
It's great fun so if you'd like to take a peek click here.

Just before I sign off today I'd like to say that I've been trying to visit everyone that's popped in to leave a comment with me over the last week... but I've struggled. 
I'm still working on it and will continue until I've managed it.

I'll end here today with my thanks for all your visits and comments. 
I love to see you and hear what you have to say.

I hope your week is going well.
Until next time... have fun everyone
I thought I'd also link up with Paint Party Friday...
Eva and Kristin would love you to visit... just click here

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