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No canoeing today

... for it is wet, though not as wet as it was this morning.  The bluebells are out in selected patches of the woods, though only in the sheltered spots so far.  The word is going around that the bluebell season will be short this year, because everything is coming into flower late after the cold spring.

I'm not sure.  Often the bluebell season is cut short by dryness, and it's definitely not dry.   But the flowers are late.  The primroses are flowering in pale greeny-yellow abundance, and the blackthorn is still in bloom!  I think of blackthorn as a March flower...

Rosie is definitely slowing down a little.  I wish I knew how old she was, but since she was a stray, I'll never know that.  But since I adopted her in December 2013, and I thought she might be about 5 then, she's maybe 9 or 10 now.  It's hard to tell with a pale cream dog, but I think her muzzle has gone white. I wonder though, if she is actually a few years older than I thought: 9 is young for slowing down in a whippet X. 

We are studying raindrops on flowers in art class next week.  I must dig out some photos as references.

I worked on a large painting I've been fiddling with for a while today, but it's still far too unfinished to photograph.  Here's one I made earlier:

Maglor, Maedhros, Elrond and Elros upon the coast of Beleriand, when far away, the great fleet of the Teleri, bringing the armies of Valinor, arrives at last.     Leather armour and deerskins, and clothes that don’t quite fit because they are living in hiding in the woods (plus, Elrond and Elros are 13. Elros will grow into those baggy trousers, and someone needs to make Elrond a bigger shirt! ) 

I had such a clear vision of this in my head, I tried to draw it three times.  This is the best version I managed, though as usual, photographing the image has changed it in odd ways: the contrast and the colours look a little different to the camera lens than to the eye, no matter what I do! 

It's hard to draw tiny faces.  Colin the Art refuses to draw faces that are less than 3.5 inches across because of the Tiny Faces Thing, and these are about the size of my thumb.


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27th Apr, 2018 20:09 (UTC)
I know how Rosie feels. I didn't tell people how old I was online for a few years, but then I decided I needed to 'fess up in order to defend the slowing-down! Otherwise, I'd just look lazy and spiritless! She certainly does not look old to me! What a beautiful dog she is.

Elrond's tiny face is beautiful! He reminds me of my grandson, who is long and skinny like him and has a lovely face. If that face is size of your thumb, you could have painted those Elizabethan age minatures.
29th Apr, 2018 07:07 (UTC)
To be honest she's at that nice stage where she isn't tearing around like a mad young thing any more!

I'm glad you like Elrond's tiny face though I look at that photo and wonder how I can manage to photograph a painting so it looks more like it is - the camera has simplified and increased the contrast on all the faces so they all look more craggy and over-accentuated than in the painting...

Alex would be great casting for a young Elrond! (I bet he wouldn't like the hair though)
29th Apr, 2018 13:18 (UTC)
Alex probably would not like the hair, but he definitely has the cheekbones and the long legs that would make him perfect for a half-elven creature of Elrond's heritage.
29th Apr, 2018 09:19 (UTC)
I like this a lot, especially Maglor's expression and that sense how movement increases in the group from left to right, if that makes sense.
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