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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Craving some colour


It's always around this time of year that I start wanting some colour in my life. The fields are brown, the garden is brown (and very messy), the skies are low and grey and the house is looking a little unloved. Colour makes it all better. Maybe that's why I'm reaching for vivid daffodils on the market, bright Seville oranges for marmalade, and these beautiful scarlet pomegranates.



I saw these in Manchester at the weekend when we took Jack back to uni. We treated him to a curry for lunch, and were enthralled by a wedding party at the restaurant, the women arrayed in sparkling saris and an amazing drumming accompaniment. We came out and I went into a vast international superstore full of fruit and vegetables. I bought these pomegranates and a big box of mangoes.
All week, I've been wanting to paint these, so yesterday I finished work a bit early and had a go. It was so nice to sit down with these paints and mix up the reds and oranges. 


Couldn't quite get the texture, it was harder than it looked. I'll try again. These little sketches all go into my journal, which I have continued since the one I completed for the local exhibition. I'm really enjoying it, but it probably accounts for the fact that I haven't been blogging as much as before. The trouble is, I like doing both....need more hours in the day.



On the kitchen top are Sevilles waiting to be turned into marmalade and the Manchester mangoes which are destined for chutney. 



The dresser gets the colour treatment too.


Back again soon, hopefully with jars and jars of preserves!


12 comments:

  1. Loving these colours,,,,,I'm the sane, craaaaaving colour! :) xxx

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    1. I really am obsessed! Enjoyed your blog today, and loved the new look. I am still really enjoying my 'big' camera too.

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  2. My garden is very brown to my great shame. A lovely colourful post.

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    1. Thank you. I just can't seem to get out into the garden, although there are lots of things I could be doing out there, such as cutting back and tidying up!

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  3. Hmmm me too..! Craving some colour that is..
    Like you i seem to be doing more IG ing and quite losing my self on here..
    Wish I could jolly well draw like you though, Fiona !
    Thanks for sweet words and being a lovely friend on hete..
    Hugs Maria x

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    1. Thanks Maria, the feeling is mutual x

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  4. A really bright and cheerful post, amid doom and gloom on the news and the weather channel. Your paintings are beautiful, a real delight.

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    1. Thank you, yes, such a dreadful week for news, it really makes you despair. Just have to concentrate on cheering up our own corner I suppose...

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  5. Beautiful! A real splash of colour to cheer us all up :)

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  6. Such vibrant colours in the lovely marmalade painting, I'd forgotten about the Seville oranges, hell is it that time already, I'm still finding pine needles on the floor, hopefully this years batch will be an improvement on last years, there's only so many marmalade puddings you can make the family eat!

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  7. I am longing for some new colour too - love your sketches. I now have a craving marmalade on toast!

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  8. The perfect things to do in a grey January month! Your painting looks beautiful!

    Happy weekend!

    Madelief x

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