Monday, August 12, 2013

The weekend

Bonsai training Bonsai training Baby's Tears Gum Ceramic and glass insulators

Some photos from my weekend...
1 + 2). My parents have practiced the art of bonsai for many years. They use this wire to train the branches to grow in the direction they want.

3). Baby's tears growing in a big tray to be used as 'grass' beneath the bonsais.

4). A blurry shot of a Flowering Gum blossom.

5). Ceramic (or porcelain) and glass insulators that were once used on telegraph wires. My brother collected these along the railway near our house when he was a little boy. These are just beautiful objects by themselves but they look great in this group. They come in so many shapes, sizes and colours!   It's such a shame that things aren't made like this anymore.

Hope you had a great weekend too!

Monday, August 5, 2013


Hellebores  Hellebores Hellebores in the golden hour of late afternoon.

This season I am in love with Hellebores. There are so many different varieties in the garden this year.
I took a break and tried to paint one quickly as a study, I am hoping to do a more detailed study this week. It is amazing how much intricate detail you can find in one tiny flower if you take the time to look.