Here is the completed 'Red Orchids over Water'. I wish I could grow these in my garden but they are only for tropical climes.
The variety of leaf colour on one maple tree can be extraordinary. Autumn breezes have been blowing them from my tree and I have watched the leaves float by, as you can see on this one minute video.
The red orchids are to hang over reflecting water. Having dyed the fabric for the water I am placing the flowers.
The orchid flowers I am working on are a subtle mix of red and cream with very complex forms and patterning.
An autumn Sunday brings people and their dogs to the edge of the sea. Tall, short, old and young, all put a paw in the water and some glory in the surf.
Crabapple trees are a favourite of mine and I keep planting more. Just one is enough for crabapple jelly, which is delicious to eat and stunning to look at, real satisfaction in a jar.
For many years, with the coming of autumn queen bees came into my house looking for a quiet corner to sleep through the winter. In spring they asked to go out again. Then disease came to the world's bee population and one spring no bees asked to go out. After our glorious summer my house is again buzzing with bees and how welcome they are.
There are days that are absolutely calm, but clear, clean waves come crashing onto the beach at Sennen. My plan is to spend much of the winter creating textile collages of waves and the sea. This is the first video to set the mood.
Autumn has come, my maple tree is turning red and its leaves are tumbling down. Here is a textile collage that captures the shifting light of falling leaves in hand-dyed silks and satins. It can be found with many other landscape images in my archive gallery http://amandarichardsonartist.com/content/fall-woodland-river
As my orchard has grown so has the harvest of apples. Many are stored in crates in my garden shed which smells divine, but a large portion of apples are pressed for juice. My brothers built me an apple press and this video shows the processes from apple to glass. The taste of juice pressed from my own apples is so good, it encapsulates the sunshine of summer.