Paint Party Friday... Thistles and Tropical Lovebirds

Brrr.... 'tis a wee bit chillywoo here today.
We've had snow flurries and the biting arctic wind is still blowing a hoolie about the place. 
We expected the snow to arrive yesterday, but it didn't arrive until the early hours of the morning. 
I'd nipped to the bathroom (as you do around 3am) and couldn't see out through the windows, even with the full moon. The snowflakes had been blown horizontally across the field and had stuck onto the window.
I wasn't really aware just how cold it was until I walked barefoot into the bathroom and my feet nearly froze to the floor tiles... to say nothing about the icy toilet seat! 

As it's Friday, I thought I'd share my artwork and link up to Paint Party Friday once again.
I had mentioned previously that I would paint another thistle and here it is...

I'm going to have a hygge day today.
I shall enjoy looking out at this wintery weather whilst the fire roars and I enjoy painting.
I thought I might paint another winter scene on a roof slate

But for those of you who are missing and craving some colour, then how about these cute lovebirds below.
Such gorgeous tropical colours that make me crave spring even more.

They are my daughters newest design and if you'd like to check out her shop, then click on her name.
Nic Allan

This illustration is a print, but she also has cards available, which is perfect timing for Valentine's Day.
Thanks for visiting my place today. 
I hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend.

Home and Away... PPF

Did you miss me?
I bet you never even noticed I was missing.
We had to make a quick getaway to visit a sick relative, but we arrived back home yesterday. 
There's masses to catch up on here... washing, weeding and wondering where to start first, so unfortunately I haven't any of my own art to share this week. 
But I did say that I'd post a photo of the window that my daughter was painting whilst on holiday in Berlin.
The reflection in the window above is the artist at work... so intent and concentrating. 
(If you'd like to see more artwork then click here

I love to see an artist's desk. 
There's something very comforting about it... I just wish it was mine.
Still now I'm back I hope I can find my mojo. 
It must be in one of my bags because I've unpacked and haven't come across it yet. 
I hope I haven't left it behind! (gulp)
So to finish up today I thought I'd add some photo's from my time away.
One delight was coming across a little Jenny Wren nest in a garden shed. 
I've tweaked the photo in order to make it lighter, so that you can see the baby birds.
They are nearly ready to fledge and there twittering noises were quite loud from Mum trying to entice them out of the nest.
I couldn't resist capturing this view. 
The Welsh hill's are off far in the distance. 
This was an apple blossom tree. 
Blossom tree's are nearly always photographed with beautiful pink or white blooms, but I liked the idea of capturing it in a different light.
We were visiting someone who was quite sick at the time, so maybe that was just the feeling at the time. 
On a lighter note here's a photo of Muffy on her holidays.
I think she liked soaking up the warmer weather.
She's in serious need of a grooming session which thankfully if booked for next week.
I'm actually carrying her here because she refused to walk on the gritty country lane. 
It was quite difficult to do... but I like the end result. 

I'll leave you here now and link up with Eva and Kristin as usual over at PPF
Hopefully I'll visit lots of desks and artwork this week. 
Plus I hope to make up for lost time and manage to produce some art.
Have fun and thanks for stopping by my place. 
I wish you a wonderful creative week ahead.