Thursday 23 February 2023

Tree at Belsay Hall

Photo taken last October in the grounds of Belsay Hall. I could remember taking a photo of this tree many years before so I looked through my archives and found the photo below, also taken at Belsay in 2006. It looks similar but the one above has more and thinner branches. The tree is next to the same fence though and has a cliff type background. Perhaps there are two similar trees there.

My entry for Thursday TreeLove


Tuesday 21 February 2023

Friday 17 February 2023

Crook Hall and Gardens

Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham, UK

This was a popular tourist attraction and wedding venue previous to the corona virus but then it had to be sold. I was worried it may go into ruin again but the National Trust bought it last year so it has been saved. [although it is more expensive to visit] If you would like to read about the history of the place which goes back to to 1217 click this link.

This is also my entry for Thursday Doors



I painted this collection of wolves and foxes after seeing a TV program about canines or canids or is it canidae? They include foxes, wolves, jackals and other members of the dog family. I chose wolves and foxes to paint.

Ethiopian wolf

Maned wolf

Grey fox

Swift fox

They have faces so I'm joining in with Friday Face Off


Tuesday 14 February 2023

Happy Valentine's Day

I did this watercolour sketch for the Doodlewash challenge - Hearts

I drew this one during one night when I couldn't sleep. I didn't paint it then though.


Friday 10 February 2023


Aye-Ayes are an endangered species.

Aye-Ayes can be found only on the island of Madagascar. They are under threat because of deforestation, poaching and persecution. Natives of Madagascar believe they are harbingers of bad luck and if an aye-aye points it's long skinny finger at someone, they are marked for death. Others believe that they can creep into homes and use their tapping finger to pluck out the hearts of humans, therefor when they are seen they are killed on sight.

   I'm linking with Friday Face Off


Tuesday 7 February 2023

A Little Bit Fishy

Digital characters created on a tablet on a hand painted background.

I was in the loft the other day looking for something [which I couldn't find] and thought I should start throwing things out to make it easier to find things and get around. Here are two things that have now gone which I made at college many moons ago.

Baked Boys


Monday 6 February 2023