On a sunny Sunday in late September all of Cornwall came out to play and a Robin at Trelissick sung to the world, as you can hear.
Stipa tenuissima is forming generous mounds around the Knapweed. So far much of the definition of the grasses has come through dyeing the fabrics, but now for the fine cutting of hair-width lengths of satin for this most ephemeral of grasses.
There is a big buzz amongst the Knapweed. Now both flowers and bees need the bed of golden grasses from which they will emerge.
This collage of a Lace-cap hydrangea is an exploration of reds and purples in which the flower is brilliant fuchsia in sunlight but burgundy in shade. For more details http://amandarichardsonartist.com/content/lace-cap-hydrangea-fuchsia-shades
Hydrangeas age with such grace, each head of flowers taking on many different colours and increasing subtlety. I am working on my series of hydrangea squares. In this one the rich blues have shifted into mauves and greens. You can see details on http://amandarichardsonartist.com/content/bue-lace-cap-hyrdangea-5
Introducing grasses behind the Agapanthus has been a dainty business. I find grasses leaven a composition, cutting across and segmenting solid areas without obscuring them.
On Mid-Summer morning I stepped out into a Kazakh village to explore and admire its architecture. It is an enchanting place which I hope you enjoy in this video.
It is easy to assume flowers are the real challenge in creating a piece of art but the leaves can require just as much thought.
This collage with Agapanthus beside a sandy bay is taking firmer form, although all elements may shift and change as the piece comes together.