Over the past few weeks we've been festivalling in Edinburgh at the World's largest set of Art Festivals.
Douglas is absolutely exhausted.
As well as festivalling Douglas's other duties are to help to freeze and preserve the garden produce which all seems to come in the same few weeks.
There are a thousand plums (we have three plum trees, one of which appeared all by itself),
and lots of apples (two trees).
The rock garden was replanted last year and has gone like a rocket all summer. You can see the tomatoes in the background. Funnily enough the outdoor tomatoes produce far better plants than the greenhouse ones.
Douglas asked his friend Mabel to help with the rhubarb.
Mabel is not her real name but her Internet name. She is very security conscious.
And this year Mr. E's sweet peas are the best ever.
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There are three challenges I absolutely had to make something for.
First, at "Art Journal Journey" where Jo is asking us to make art based on poems or a quote. Although I have a thousand million fruits and vegetables to deal with I took to heart my sister's advice - "Just do it, and it's done".
Secondly, "Moo Mania" is asking us to make Bird art, and how could I miss doing that?
Thirdly, "Try it on Tuesday" has given us the theme "In my Garden", another must make.
I gave myself the additional challenge (mustn't get stuck in an art rut) of using these inks which I've had forever.
All set to go.
The instructions on the bottles were to wash brushes immediately after use so as soon as I had finished painting a colour I tossed the brush into water and because of this I eventually used 27 brushes.
You can see the brush on the left, which was white to start with, is still stained with purple even after being washed several times.
This is the result!
THE LITTLE BIRD TAKES A WALK ROUND HIS GARDEN
Have you used these inks? I found them quite difficult to use (I didn't use any water) and they don't spread like watercolour. On the plus side they do stay where they are put. They also mix rather nicely.
I was completely in the Zone when painting this, didn't stop for anything from start to finish.
What activity puts you in the Zone?