© Sharon Whitley
Continuing with the theme of painting the garden birds, I was inspired to paint a fieldfare today as I've been watching a flock of them at the bottom of next door's garden all day - and even though I tried to tempt them into my garden by putting out halved apples, they didn't come in, but it was lovely to see them anyway - gorgeous birds. The garden birds have become quite scarce since next door cut his trees back and I really miss seeing them. Any ideas how to entice them back would be much appreciated - I'm planning on planting a couple of trees soon so that should help. I do feel sorry for the birds during this particularly cold spell - if you don't already please put out some food for them to help them along!
Another painting I did this evening was the lovely rook which have a beautiful purple and blue sheen to them when the light hits them in a certain way - thanks to Richard Steel for allowing me to use his beautiful photo - his wonderful blog can be found here. He really captures the beautifully subtle colours of some often overlooked birds like the rook, jackdaw, magpie and starling and has some gorgeous in flight bird shots.
© Sharon Whitley
Next on the easel is a tiger!!!
Managed to get out walking in the mountains yesterday - we drove to Aber and climbed a mountain called Drosgl - it was bitterly cold up there but great to be out and we saw a few of our favourite Carneddau ponies in the winter coats.
I'm posting a couple of pics for you here but there will soon be more on the other blog Two Pairs of Boots.
The partly frozen Aber Falls, impressive as always
These gorgeous Welsh Mountain ponies are so hardy!
It felt like arctic conditions on the top of Drosgl!
It's snowing again tonight and hoping the snow sticks around for next week's walk but a bit less wind would be nice - it was sooo cold!