One of my favourite flowers of The Altai, clematis integrifolia scrambles over rocks and looks loveliest in their shade where it takes on a ghost-like quality, hauntingly beautiful.
Having placed the main flowers first, I shall now build up the foliage, all the way down to the shadowed depths.
All the parts of this white summer garden are waiting to be put together, but I shall wait for the energy of a new week to begin a task I find particularly fascinating and fun.
Returning to an interrupted piece of art can be tricky, but I always find skies fascinating so have begun by dying the clouds to go with the white foxglove and poppy piece. Now I am moving onto white campion. Let us hope all this looks good together, if not there is a wealth of lovely flowers in the garden to gather.
Peonies in the Kablinski Hills was our first introduction to Kazakhstan, with all its rolling expanses of grassland and pockets of richness.
I AM BACK. This is about the only photo of me 'in the field' while bathing an injured leg in the warm, healing radon waters of the spa below Rakhmanovskie Pass. This is a surreal place up an almost infinitely long and VERY rough mountain dirt road, to be greeted by something between a Bond movie set and Disney. Things improved beyond the entrance, including this very civilised little shelter where I dangled my feet while contemplating the wild flowers and warm, flowing stream. — at The Altai Mountains Kazakhstan.
A last glimpse of our lovely hedges in bloom http://amandarichardsonartist.com/content/campion-spiders-web and then I am off to The Altai with Greentours http://www.greentours.co.uk/Asia/THE-ALTAI/ I come back on 27th and as I am assured internet connections are unlikely in these mountains I shall tell you all about my adventures when I return.
The fastest changes to my foxglove stem will happen with the buds so I am starting at the top. I have dyed fabrics for the speckles inside each flower.
White foxgloves are opening in the garden and I have brought this one into the studio to work from. I thought you might this view of it with a backdrop of 'Green Waves Gwenver'
A gentle breeze is swaying the grasses that flower among the Whistling Jacks beside my studio. The artwork has something of this quality with the shimmering light of velvets, silks and satins. You can see more of this piece on http://amandarichardsonartist.com/content/whistling-jacks-meadow-grasses