Cougar eyes and Lemur Pastels..

As i am really enjoying my pastel pencils i have decided to try and carry on doing a piece of work every week in order to keep up my practise.

Currently using Carbothello and Pitt pastel pencils along with Conte sticks on Pastelmat paper, the amount of detail you can achieve is amazing, i struggle with loose work and end up throwing most of it away as i cannot seem to produce anything i am happy with, or worth keeping.

This time i have used a picture from the ‘Paint my Photo’ site to put together the Cougar eyes pastel, it was a photo of a full head but i only used the eye section as i have a bit of an eye theme going at present, after all they are the window on life anywaycougareyes

I spent quite a bit of time with this Lemur although it isn’t as big as the first time I drew it and went completely wrong. I had finished the eyes and the nose area and had started on the fur, doing random strokes of hair doesn’t usually come as a problem to me, but at A4 size I started to struggle with it, it just looked like a bad hair day at the salon, so unfortunately I gave up on it and started onto something else, well this one is just about A5 in size and more manageable so it came together better. I must admit, i will be trying other subjects later on, but for now i am more than happy with the wild animals.

lemur in pastel


Spring weather and sowing seeds..

Who would believe that only last week we were 6 inch in snow with a Siberian wind blowing and things looking bleak, well not today, the sun is shining  and warm and its feeling like spring is in the air, how long it stays like this only time will tell but it will do for now..

With it being a lovely day we decided to visit the plot and get more seeds set in the tunnel while we have time on our side, but what to set was the next query. Having arrived at the plot we checked on the outside beds which were fine and no damage after the snow, so we turned our attention to inside the tunnel.

Annie watering the strawberries

On inspection of the tunnel,  making sure that all was in good order, it seems we came through this cold snap unscathed, although the plants were in need of a drink as the compost  had dried out. The seeds set a few weeks ago are starting to pop up and we have starting to feed them with our BIO Canna   organic liquid food to give them a boost from roots to leaves.

Organic Food for the young plants..

We started off with flower seeds that we need to make the garden and the plot look attractive and help bring in beneficial insects to assist with the bugs later in the year, so through the month by month  neatly arranged packets of seeds courtesy of Annie’s need for order (bless her) we had quite a choice.

Sorted out and sown Poppy seeds, Nemophillia, Cornflower, and last was the Gypsophillya, lovely combination of plants, we will also be planting up lots of perrenial plants too, as well as more bedding types.

Potting up the flower seeds

Next we shifted to more food items that are ok to sow now, Tomatoes, Peppers, lettuce, celery, leeks and peas. Using the Bio Terra Plus compost, which is quite a fluffy mix and very open, we get a good germination rate as the compost doesn’t clog when wet, but yes it can dry out quite quickly which i am taking as a positive, as the plants will live longer in dry compost as opposed to wet cloggy stuff.

Nice open compost..

As a final note, the Sweetpeas, Beetroot and Rhubarb are doing very well, i so love it when the seeds become plants and we breath new life back into the soil, bring on the good weather..