Sunday 7 December 2008

Red Berries and Cotoneaster

It is grey and foggy. The ground is white with frost. I look out of my window and I can see the lovely red berries on the cotoneaster. The birds have eaten so many of them,  but that is why I grew them in the first place, to attract the birds and as a winter food for them.  I do love red berries and often include them in my drawings.
This drawing is perhaps a little unusual for me, it just kind of happened. I had broken off the branch and brought it indoors to draw. The little blue dish was already full of red berries and they just looked so nice together. At first I was using the dish to lean the branch against but then decided to include it. Blue and red always look so good together. I sat and drew it and then painted it with acrylic paints.  I did it last year at this time. It looks very seasonal and brightens up this gloomy day. Hope you like it.
Press picture for close up, you will see it as work in progress, not the finished one.


Acornmoon said...

The painting is gorgeous Milly and I love the seasonal banner. I hope you do another post when you have finished it. It's all looking very festive!

I grow cotoneaster for the same reason but don't seem to have many red berries this year.

Pondside said...

What a treat it was to see your name on my blog comments this morning! I often drop by just to see what's new on your site, and enjoy the CL page that features your beautiful paintings. The December issue hasn't yet arrived over here, so I don't know what to expect! I too have cotoneaster, but the deer tend to strip it each year. It is called knickaknick here - with the 'k's not silent!
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a good 2010.