Absurd as it is to take on such a complicated piece of art just before Open Studios, I am multi-tasking like crazy to make sure both Squacco Art, and studio are ready to welcome visitors by Saturday.
There is never a lovelier time to be in Cornwall and to add to this Cornwall Open Studios is about to begin. I shall be open from 11-5 from Saturday 23rd - Monday 25th and Thursday 28th - Sunday 31st. You will see signs everywhere including lots to lead you to my door where I am sharing my space with Francesca Stella who creates wonderful bead jewellery of birds and flowers. We are 11 and 12 in the catalogue. So for everyone who can come to the far west of Cornwall this is the perfect opportunity, an abundance of nature and art where ever you turn.
Although Cornwall Open Studios is fast approaching (starts on Saturday) I am still deeply immersed in my Squacco collage. I want to convey the richness of flowering around my pond so am working on Candelabra Primula, one of my favourite waterside plants.
A detail of my Squacco Heron with its reflection. I was fortunate to have both Iris siberica and Cotton Grass in my hoard from last year, so am experimenting with placing them in the foreground.
Here is the Squacco Heron, now for its reflection.
I walked down the valley to Treryn Dinas early this May morning with the sun shining. The flowers are wonderful there each spring but I have never seen a finer show, all with the backdrop of surging waves against a granite shore.
A visitor came to my garden last week for a little light fishing. A rare visitor to Britain, the Squacco Heron comes from the Southern Mediterranean. My pond and surrounds are looking particularly gorgeous at present with flowers bursting into bloom so I feel I must create a collage to celebrate this unique moment in my garden's history.
Delivering work to Cornwall Crafts Association at Trelissick I wandered into the garden to see if the wisterias were in flower. As you can see they are perfect, and for anyone in Cornwall they and the gallery are worth a visit.
A soggy Bank Holiday weekend (much needed rain) encouraged devotion to the studio and my poppy field is thriving.