Monday 6 March 2017

T Stands For………tea and taking photos….

….and a little bit of painting! I felt quite tired when we got to our caravan last Thursday but wanted to play! It was Neo-coloursII that came to the rescue! I was just playing around scribbling with some colours when I could see a familiar scene appearing - the bottom end of Rydal Water that we glimpse through the trees when we visit the gardens at Rydal Mount(Wordsworth's home until he died).I was bit over generous with the mountains behind though! I used my water brush to blend the colours. I added a handwritten word and some stencilling around the edge with part of a Seth Apter stencil.
I would like to enter at Art Journal Journey (Yvonne's theme of Out And About is right up my errr….path!)As this is also hand painted I will enter into the Moo Mania challenge - Paint Something By Hand
We visited another of our favourite gardens last week - the one at Sizergh where a lot of changes are being made - it will look great in the Summer!
There is a really good show when you first enter the gate
We only see this view in the Winter
The borders are showing signs of Spring coming
They have had to drain the ponds to get rid of a weed!
The swans were on their island
One swan continued to build their nest while the other went for a swim

The Hellebores and Cyclamen look beautiful
After visiting the formal garden we headed for the little woodland walk

We were amazed at the number of seagulls on the ploughed field

The old shell on our decking still has some food in it  but the blue tit prefers the new one!
Finally I have my drink - as I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday!

It's Teacup Lady! I stamped her onto a piece of card that I sprinkled with Infusions - unfortunately she had a brown mark on her cheek which I tried to disguise with red DI - not a good look!! She's here to remind you that there is still a week left at Try It On Tuesday for our 'Time for Tea' theme.Hope to see you there!

I would also like to join in the 'Hats and Headgear' challenge at Tag Tuesday

We are home for a while so hope to see you more often! Thank You for visiting my blog when I can't get back to you - I do appreciate it! I'm planning to do a massive catch up! 

Thanks for looking, Chrisx


Linda Kunsman said...

lovely impressionistic landscape painting Chris! The gardens look beautiful, and the swans....:). Nice save with the cheek mark on your tag:)
And very keen of you to guess my art news:) Happy T Day!

My name is Erika. said...

I love your painting Chris and I can see where your inspiration came from. Wow, those gardens are gorgeous and I love the swans. Great tag for T day too. :) Hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That's an amazing landscape you created for AJJ and MM&M. I am always impressed when you draw things you don't stamp.

The Sizergh Gardens are already spectacular. Are those snowdrops? The photos are fantastic and I love the view of the walkway and the emerging greenery around the wall.

Your swan photos are out of this world. They are magical in their beauty, too.

I think that technically, those are known as LAND gulls when they are not on the water. They often appear when fields are being plowed. It's amazing they are even in Kansas.

Your tea lady is blushing, isn't she? It's still a wonderful tag and very appropriate for T this Tuesday.

Thanks for sharing Sizergh Gardens, your journal page, and your tag with us for T this Tuesday.

Valerie-Jael said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of those gardens, looks a great place to be, and I can imagine it will be breathtaking in summer. Your teacup lady tag is great, and she would be just right at Tag Tuesday this week, too, if you want to link. The gulls are always out in force here, too when fields are being ploughed or planted. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Helen said...

Looks like another garden on my wish list... there are lots! Enjoy your time at home, but I bet there's another trip on the horizon...

johanna said...

oh the hellebori, oh the swans... thanks for taking us into your spring world today!
have a great week and happy t-day!

chrissie said...

Happy T Day Chris.

I love it when you are out and about we get to see where you have been. Today is an extra special day for me as it includes places I used to live to visit when we lived in Cumbria.

The painting is fantastic and what I hope to be able to do soon--just did my first water colour background.

The tag is very beautiful and would fit in nicely with our Tag Tuesday Theme if you would like to add it there as well.

Have a great day

Love Chrissie xx

Rita said...

Beautiful water colour Chris and the pictures are so stunning. Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs Rita xxx

Redanne said...

What a lovely post Chris, I really enjoyed your walk, your beautiful painting and the tag is lovely on the corrugated card. Thanks so much for sharing! Hugs, Anne xx

Meggymay said...

Its a gorgeous landscape painting Chris, you have captured the scene beautifully.
The photos were awesome, We visited Sizergh when we stayed at the Kendal Caravan Club site its a lovely area.
Its a great tag as well.
Happy T day
Yvonne xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Wonderful painting, the mountain colours are lovely! I really enjoyed visiting the gardens with you, the reflections of the swans in the water are beautiful :-). The teacup and saucer hat is so clever, I love it! Happy T Day! J :-)

Unknown said...

Lovely pics and a wonderful tag this Tuesday! I just can't find the time to create tags for Tag Tuesday. Life sometimes gets in the way.
xo Michelle ♥

Unknown said...

I adore the sketch and lovely photos, a place i would visiting if I could. The bit on the lay's check made me laugh as that has happened so often to me, trying to fix something only to make it worse. Yet the tag is wonderful, the layering perfect!

chrissie said...

Thanks for adding your beautiful tag at Tag Tuesday Chris
Love Chrissie xx

froebelsternchen said...

Your wonderful impressionistic page and all the wonderful photos of that lovely
garden makes me happy Chris!

So pleased you joined the challenge theme once more this month at AJJ.

Your teacup lady tag is terrific as well!!!
Super layered! Happy T-Day dear Chris!
oxo Susi

Valerie-Jael said...

Thanks so much for linking to TT - that was a happy coincidence! Hugs, Valerie

Barb said...

A wonderful landscape on your page Chris and I love the tag. Some beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing. Barbxx

jinxxxygirl said...

So much to see on your post this week Chris ... i hardly know where to begin.. I do love seeing the gardens that you show... There are a few around here in Arkansas i hope to get to if i can ever stop working on the Breathe.... thats my motto... just keep breathing... Thank for sharing so much... and i do look forward to hearing from you more.. Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

~*~Patty S said...

Hiya dear Chris
Snowdrops and Swans and Hellebores OH MY!
Be still my he♥rt...
Your painting is really lovely.
I can see why you were inspired.
And your LPerrella tea cup lady is always a fav or mine...lovely tag!
Happy T Day oxo

Krisha said...

Funny how your subconscious will take over when you are quiet in thought. Your landscape is very pretty. Your rose cheeked tea-lady made me smile. I have know women who have had cheeks just like that LOL!
Your woodland walk looked amazing, such a pretty place, can't imagine how much more beautiful it will look as summer nears.

Happy T-day

Dianne said...

I adore getting the chance to join you on your walks! lovely scenery, and wonderful painting you've created! Such a fun tag with fabulous head gear! the Spring flowers you've shared give me hope...happy T day! ♥

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

What a lovely landscape. I love when that happens - you're playing with a medium, just scribbling or doodling and suddenly something appears to you. It's a wonderful feeling and that shows in the results.

Lovely gardens and the picture of swimming swan is gorgeous! You should print it out and frame it.

I like your tag. Somehow I think the rosy cheeks suit a lady who would wear a teacup on her head.

Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

Rosie said...

A wonderful painted landscape, fantastic photos and a lovely tag.

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

Divers and Sundry said...

well, pond maintenance sounds difficult, doesn't it! That's a lovely area. I'm enjoying your photos. Thx!

Your bird feeder is much more attractive than my wire cage set-up. Nice!

Happy T Tuesday :)

Lynn Holland said...

We often visit Sizergh Chris as it is only 10 minutes away from our caravan at Ayside.
Lovely photos and painting
Lynn xx

Lisca said...

Your tag is great. I love the tea cup lady. She is blushing. Never mind that it is a deep blush!
Oh those gardens. What a delight. The swans, the snowdrops, the drained pond, the helleboris, all so beautiful. I love it.
And your hand painted painting is beautiful. Well done you.
Happy T-Day,

WendyK said...

Great tag, I love the Lynne Perrella stamps. Love the photos, the garden looks as if it will be beautiful in the Summer.

Seth said...

Your journal page is wonderful -- as are the landscape pictures.

Michele said...

lovely photos of your adventure. the tag is wonderful -- i love her teacup hat! xo

Annie said...

Hi Chris x love your watercolour Journal Page x great details x stunning photographs too and it looks like a splendiid walk x fabulous tag and a cup of tea is just what I need right now xx best wishes
Annie x

Bailey Jones said...

The woman with the teacup hat make me think of Mary Poppins for some reason. Are there strange ingredients in my T?

Words and Pictures said...

That's a beautiful landscape... makes me want to get out and about for sure. I think Tea Cup Lady has been up to some mischief - that's why she's looking rather flushed... love the tag. Looks like the Sizergh gardeners are working hard.
Alison x

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning and Happy T day but on a thursday lol just now getting to the computer this morning.
Beautiful journal page I always enjoy seeing friends art
Thank you for sharing photos of such lovely place-really enjoyed it

Anonymous said...

The picture is beautiful and the tag
Everywhere the spring flowers are blooming now .. splendid!
Beautiful day Elke

Joan said...

Love your teacup lady tag - great textures for the background!!

Wilma Simmons (Empress Wu Designs) said...

Such a wonderful image.... I am so fond of all that is related to tea, so your tag is just beautiful to me.

Karen Lunagirl said...

Hi ~ I really enjoyed your painting and your photos and the lovely tag you shared! ~ Karen

Sandy said...

As we have been out of the country the last two weeks, I am so far behind. I did want you to know how much I truly enjoyed your post. Love you painting - if only I could do half as well!!
sandy xx