Elderflowers and moss

The cool morning has subdued the colours on the lane but the elderflower blossom provides a creamy white highlights among the moss covered trees near the top of the lane. I love the scent of elderflower and with the deeper compost scent of the woods it is calming.

Ragged robin is blooming merrily. The petals look as though they’re constantly throwing their flower heads around, creating a tangled look but when I started drawing the flowers a different pattern emerges.

Roses everywhere!

It has been colder on the lane but there are still so many new flowers and plants appearing. Now there are little orchids near the mill stream and roses  Рeverywhere! Briar roses, dog roses and then the cultivated rosa rugosa.

The colour combinations that can be seen from the mixture of leaves, flowers, mosses and branches as they change through time make a marvellous resource for designs and paintings.

Painting nature

Most of my art work and poetry relate to the natural world in one way or another. For me, painting and drawing the natural world is one way of highlighting our need as humans to see the world as more than just a man made material world.

This year I am, as part of my work, photographing, painting and drawing a very specific area – a lane in rural Fermanagh. I find it fascinating to walk the lane and notice the changes and additions to the natural world along this lane. Eventually I will make a book from it but it also provides me with a wealth of subjects for drawings and paintings.

The images below  relate to the lane, Mullycovet Lane. The first image is a preliminary sketch of unfurling ferns and primroses in pencil, watercolour and crayon. The second is an abstract, finished watercolour and crayon painting of a detail of tree trunk and foliage. The third image I call The crack in Time.