One of the best things about taking a watercolour class is that I am paying far more attention to flowers and leaves than I ever have. Suddenly I’m noting the way the light hits a flower and seeing colour in an entirely different way. Here is a blue and black Salvia still blooming as if it was mid-summer. I’ve discovered that there are an infinite variety to autumn leaves and their colours … I spent the weekend mixing watercolour paints and painting autumn leaves. It was a magical time.
I was happy to find this Aloe plant in bloom yesterday (pictured at left). If Aiyana, from Water When Dry, sees this plant, I am hoping she can identify it for me.
Yesterday I spent some time working on my latest enthusiasm — altering books. A few days earlier, I went in search of some second-hand books that would make good subjects for altering.
I found a few that will be perfect for altering, but joy of joys, I discovered The Wildflowers of England by Robert Tyas.
This book was published in England in 1923, and contains some wonderfully- coloured illustrations. Each of the illustrations are preserved with tissue paper. The embossed cover is beautiful enough in itself to warrant having paid $4.00.
What a fascinating read this is. The author has an incredible knowledge of English wildflowers as well as a flowery, poetic writing style. He describes in minute detail the characteristics of each flower, their locations and the history of their names.
There are quotations from well-known and obscure poems sprinkled liberally throughout. In describing the Marsh Trefoil (Menyanthes), the author writes:
And yonder hills, now lying fallow, a rich red sandy soil, glow like fire. At every step we take the scene varies. Every minute the gorgeous panorama changes, as clouds of ever-varying form and density pass between earth and heaven, ever and anon, intercepting the sun’s evening light.