I’m still having internet problems! At least now its not a problem of no internet, just very, very slow internet. It is very frustrating and makes you realise how much you have come to depend on it.
I have been having a lovely time lately. Gardening work ceases for me at the end of December and doesn’t begin until March so I can concentrate more on my painting. Having more time means that more thought goes into a painting and in my case I try to give more attention to composition. This has always been difficult for me as I am too impatient when I have an idea of what I would like to paint. I know it is best to plan a painting carefully, but if I am enthused by an idea I usually plough straight in and worry about the setting later. This usually results in either too little space or too much to put in a realistic background.
Feeding the garden birds in winter is such a joy as you get wide a variety of birds on the feeders. I have been watching some coal tits and decided to paint them as they waited in the ornamental cherry tree which hangs over our garden from next door.
They are such lovely birds, as are the long-tailed tits which come in gangs about 4 o’clock in the afternoon almost smothering the fat ball holder
One bird I hadn’t seen this winter was the Greater Spotted Woodpecker, but at last today it was there on the peanuts. It is such a magnificent creature, although the other birds do not seem to appreciate it. They all keep well away when the woodpecker is around.
The warmer weather this year seems to have had an effect on the winter visitors. I have seen no bramblings or siskins on the feeders. Such a shame!