Saturday 18 October 2008

A good to be alive day

Such a beautiful day..... we took our dogs to Cannock Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty just a few miles away from where we live. A haven for wild life, even though this is a very popular place for walkers and cyclists. We always see deer and the lots of bird life. It is always a thrill to see this little fungal beauty, the slugs have been at this one. I always think of fairies whenever I see these. Not such a good year for them though, as we only came across this one.
This is part of Cannock Chase. Oak woodland, pine woods and heathland.
These are the views I like to draw. I use oil sticks, nice and expressive.
This quick drawing I did last June. More of a visual diary really, as I add text.

Does'nt a bit of sunshine make all the difference?!?

A few quick pencil drawings whilst taking a breather.

The area that we park and start walking from is called 'Freda's Grave'. This particular spot was used by the military in or around first world war time and Freda was their Dalamation Mascot, link here for a little bit of info about the area and Freda.
As we walked back to the car, there were Hawthorne bushes, leafless, but zinging with red berries in the sunshine.
Well that was part of my Saturday and now for another bit of my Saturday that I really enjoy. Saturday Shopping List ~ wonderful Etsy handmade goodies. Charlotte has more of this, if you fancy taking a look at more beautiful work.
This week's theme ~ Art dolls, well sort of!

1. BilliesPrimitives ~ primitive mouse doll christmas chair and candle gathering
2. blackeyedsuzie ~ Ghostly Minka - Art Doll

bunnywithatoolbelt ~ Bird on Elephant Sculpture by Bunny with a Toolbelt

4. mirkah ~ Jenny Lou the dog 5. littleblackcrow ~ Peter and his boat 6. Elevenmorning ~ Suzzette7. DiamondFolkArt ~ Primitive Folk Art Christmas Angel Ornament OoAK
Hope you have enjoyed my choices.
Thank you all for your comments, everyone is very much appreciated.
Thanks for stopping by.x


Anonymous said...

What a lovely list - thanks so much for including Minka!

Michala Gyetvai (Kayla coo) said...

I love your pastel study, what beautiful inspiration you have, wonderful colours in the landscape.
Great quirky characters in your shopping list.

Jackie said...

Its really good tha you discipline yourself to record with sketches and drawings. I'm so lazy. And self conscious about mydrawing skills. I used to be able to and did draw anything but years of non practice have paralysed me into thinking I can't.
Your shopping list is really interesting. Thanks.

mimilove forever said... rambling missus, fungal fairy lovliness!x:0)

'fancypicnic' said...

Lovely photos, Viv. Gorgeous toadstool! Well done you with your sketchbooks. I'm v v bad at keeping one these days.

Great List - I adore that Christmas Angel...I'm off to investigate.....

Lorie McCown said...

your sketches are so nice, what a beautiful post, all so inspiring. I love that mushroom!!