Despite the fog, and the rainspots on the windows I managed to get some photos of a woodpecker who visited our garden several times - well I don't really know how many as I was working hard at my drawing board most of the day LOL
A bit soggy, but posing nicely on the apple tree closest to the house so the fog/rain wasn't so much of a problem for the camera:
and a visit later in the day, to a tree further from the house so the pictures are a bit murkier
If you've been paying attention to my posts (!!) you will remember that I showed photographs of a woodpecker in my garden last Friday (St. David's Day). That woodpecker had a red flash on its nape and I've just found out that means it was a male (thank you Google). This woodpecker has no red patch so its a female .... I hope that means we have a pair visiting the garden - if not perhaps I need to start a dating agency. Romance is definitely in the air
The juveniles have red caps so I'll be looking out for youngsters in a couple of months as the breeding season is sometime between April/May I believe.
Talking of Romance being in the air, David and I were en route to our voluntary jobs at Pilgrims Hospice eBay office on Wednesday. We stopped at a roadside post box to mail a birthday card and cards for the Mums (Mothering Sunday this weekend in case you'd forgotten)! Next to the postbox was this telephone kiosk and, as I had my camera with me I couldn't resist ....
Not sure how much detail you can see ... but as with so many phone boxes in England some of the glass has been kicked out and the graffiti artist has been busy ... shame the offender is illiterate!
So ... somebody had a good night out - that's an empty bottle of bubbly (or pomagne) in the kiosk and its true the kiosk really is in the middle of nowHere (note the correct spelling) but hope the lady was dead impressed anyway!
This is what I've been up to today.
Zinc is sadly no longer with us. This is the second portrait of the three which are going to Singapore and this horse belonged to my client's daughter. The colouring is what we in England called 'flea bitten grey' so I need to find out what they call it in Singapore/Australia ... but in any case there are a lot of spots to portray.
I'm working in pastel on graphite/black sanded paper. The camera hates this combination and really comes up with some weird images. Basically this is just the outline and a very understated background. I've had to tweak this in PaintNet to make it look dark enough ..
This is where I stopped this afternoon as the light was so poor. Early days but I got a good start
The BBC has forecast rain tomorrow and most of Sunday and light snow Monday and Tuesday here in Whitstable. Hope its better where you are