Midsummer, meadow, wildflowers and a tiny seasonal journal
The meadow keeps meadowing along with wildflowers and grasses going thru their season an I keep walking thru it taking photos and marvelling at how beautiful it all is.
Right now there are tons of peacock butterfly caterpillars on the ragwort munching away. I can’t wait for them to metamorphose into the beautiful adult forms which will feed off the teasel blossoms before the teasels form seeds and feed the goldfinches.
I was wondering how to capture all of this in art and remembered that tiny autograph book I found at the steam rally.
That little book seemed like the best place to capture the meadow.
It belonged to a child named Clare and she started it in 1954.
I chose the bright yellow ragwort blossoms for the front inside cover and first page.
Watercolours weren’t opaque enough, so I used a little acrylic paint.
Then some wild brambles with their chalky, purple-blue stems.
Wild cherry, which is already starting to colour and drop leaves because it’s been a little too dry lately.
Himalayan balsam. I love how the seed heads pop open to the touch.
On the go right now are evening primrose and morning glory and I have room for 17 more wildflowers…
…while the meadow keeps doing its own thing.
I’m rushing to document it all before the autumn settles in.
have i mentioned how much i admire your skills? maybe 2 yrs ago now i bought a journal i have saved up all sorts of ‘stuff’ but cant bring myself to actually begin … years and years ago when i worked as a project coordinator i kept a journal … needed to keep track of expenses and due dates .. into it i pasted all sorts of ‘stuff’ … so i know i can do it, i think i need a kick in the tush to get going … tho i will never be able to do what you do .. my drawings are pathetic …
What a beautiful project! Your drawings go so well with that little girl’s collection of poetry. Thanks for sharing. I especially love the Himalayan balsam.
Debra She Who Seeks
Love those bumblebee photos!
I have my mother’s autograph book from the 1930’s and it is a treasure. I’d like to think that if no one in the family had kept it that it might have been put to a use as lovely as this.
This is enchanting, Veronica! Clare would be so proud to know about this.
you’re teaching me names of flowers and plants now! thank you! n
Nature is so special. I love marvelling at it too! Your drawings are do beautiful at first glance I thought they were tiles. You are so clever. Hugs