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I am a part-time pet portrait and wildlife artist living in the deep dark forest between the Royal Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and the Welsh border. A beautiful and inspiring place to live and create pet portraits and wildlife art.
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Tuesday, 10 March 2009

No pet portraits today!

Just a few pics today from work and home, this was me and the girls, Cassie and Willow walking back out for our afternoon session. Willow had had a few hours sleep in the truck and was raring to go at this point and Cassie, who is fifteen and a half (very important that half) had done, as she always does, a full day and still soldiers on, she's such a bossy pants that she barks at us when we stop, no rest for the wicked as they say! When Willow discovered we were on a steep bank she took every opportunity to enjoy the stops between trees as they were each measured. (By the way I'm not making a fashion statement with a yellow tie, it's a girthing tape used to calculate the diameters of trees.)
And this is us going into the bottom of the racks, like I said they were quite steep, this is the third or fourth work day in a row we've been on a bank and I was warm this afternoon after Andrew 'the oracle' Davis told me it would rain so I put my rain mac on and sweltered all the way up to the top!
We were marking my favourite trees today, red cedar, I love them, they are just so flippin' difficult to get the bark off, your arms ache like mad after a day on them! As you can see I'm a bit of a dawdler, I always plod along at the back just listening to my headphones and basically living in my own little world.
And this is me and my baby at break time. She's getting a bit big now, luckily she's happy enough to curl up in the back of the truck with Cassie now so I don't get crushed legs from her sitting on my lap!
And this is Sallow Vallets covered in early morning mist. It looks like the Himalayas from a plane, not just the local valley!
And to the home front... As you can see, Ronnie has even less patience than I do, he spent ages, days and weeks in fact buying bits and pieces for his new tractor then painting it, but he still couldn't wait to test drive it around so he put the back wheel back on without painting it, watch when he turns the corner! Now he has to take it back off to paint it, unless it's like everything else in the garden and will get done sometime never!!! This is his usual weekend pastime, just driving aimlessly around the bottom of the orchard. Still I suppose it keeps him happy!!!
Plus we have some new additions to the feathered friend camp, we now have 3 jungle fowl which came from Ross bird sale on Saturday. They have been put safely into their new pen and promptly laid us an egg! They are not prolific layers so this is a good sign of the breeding season ahead hopefully.
As for the pet portraits, luckily I have been sent some more pictures of Patch, one of which is just perfect so I am more than happy to start again plus I have started another portrait which I cannot post just yet as it's only just started so you would only see a few pencil strokes on the page!
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3 comments:

Carolann said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photos with us, I love the country, it is quite a lovely landscape around you, really beautiful. Don't you ever feel like painting it?

Kathleen Coy said...

Love the photo of you and Willow by the truck, she looks so cute. (Cloud sent her a friend request on dogster, btw.) :-)

It's also nice to see you next to the trees in the second photo - it gives a good perspective of how big they really are.

Linzi said...

I bet Ronnie makes you watch him!!! Does he get annoyed when you actually have better things to do than stand grin aimlessly at him while he plays? Or is Johnny just really immature? haha
Willow's getting big!!!!

Will send you an email soon, sorry, been a bit manic lately!!!

Linzi x x

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