The month of June arrived as hot and sultry as can be, became cooler again, then torrential rain, it’s all very unsettled strange weather indeed.
After a 4 year break from veggie gardening I decided to have one this year; being inspired by the no-dig method championed by Charles Dowding…. NO-DIG being the operative word I’ve created a deep composted bed; however, I balked at making it as big as I’d intended because of the cost of buying in compost, so I now have my no-dig plot, then plots with varying grades of no-dig, the last one being simply a rectangle of ground which I’d covered in black plastic last autumn, and lightly dug over with some added home compost, it’ll be interesting to see which garden crops the best.
At the moment nº 1, the proper compost only no-dig with lettuces and tomato plants is neck and neck with nº 2 made up of home compost and ordinary soil growing brocoli and rocket.
Meanwhile I’ve been doing a some oil painting, see below.
and a watercolour continuing on my charcoal drawings of Gypsy, I aim to do more of these. I tried doing one in acrylic to see if it works in colour and a different medium, but I prefer the monochrome images, they have more impact.
Having treated myself to a new IPad, the free app Photoshop Fix gives you the basics of photoshop, and offers a few more things to play with than the older PS express offers. I’ve been playing with the images of a couple of old paintings, here I was trying out all sorts of tweaks and twirls which resulted in this, it’s rather wild but I was just testing out the various digital gadgets it offers, useless as regards the result in this case, but fun.
It’s such a useful tool enabling one to fiddle with a painting without spoiling it, always a problem for me, using this I can try deeper or paler colours, and/or leave the painting as it was, maybe even decide it needed no more work after all. There’s a lot of down-time ( in the sense of being seemingly unproductive, what some people may see as staring into space!) when planning a painting, figuring out fresh approaches, or playing with different media, so if this aids and speeds up the process it’s all well and good.
I’ve started adding to my stock of small paintings ready for the expo in September, a bowl of our luscious cherries from the tree by my studio, here’s the tree with red cherries gleaming like deep red rubies against the blue sky.