It's been an odd couple of weeks in my part of the world, but I've been thankful to have a small break from blogging and come 2017 I will finally be making the move across to WordPress, with a shiny new blog! I already blog over there with my second blog The Earth, Air & Sea and after encountering some issues with blogger these past few months I decided to make the leap for the new year and try something different.
As much as I've loved blogger and having had it be my home for posting online for a long time, I will miss it, but I'm looking forward to trying something new, so until then, I'm going to enjoy the last couple of months on here (or even less than a couple as it's already midway through November - eek!) before we start a new year, and then I'll be switching over to WordPress - yay! I'll put up a longer post detailing the wheres' and the why's with a link to follow me before the year ends.
In the meantime I have been indulging my creative side and have been painting one of my favourite sights come autumn - red and gold leafy trees!
I started by outlining the trunk and the branches first, and then layered over blotches of yellow, orange and red, which all blended together. I wanted to recreate those typical autumnal shades, and I was inspired in part by the beautiful Japanese maple trees which are in bloom throughout Ambleside at the moment. They have almost black branches with these bright red leaves which contrast gorgeously against eachother.
Of course I was also inspired by the other golden leafed trees I shared with you all at Workington Hall in my previous posts, and I used a stippling effect around the base of the trunk to make it appear as if the leaves had fallen and collected around the roots.
I'm really pleased with how this came out, and I always feel so much more relaxed after I've done some painting. I'm excited to start picking up my brushes more often now as I also took a break from crafting over the past fortnight while I was on my 'blogging holiday' so I'm excited to make some cute things for Christmas very soon too!
Thank you for all being patient and leaving me supportive comments in the meantime too, they've all been greatly appreciated.
Hope you all have a wonderful start to the week!