Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Bountiful Berries

November here has been unseasonably warm and many trees still have all of their leaves, whilst others in the garden are completely bare. What's going on? It was warmer than Naples and Venice at the weekend, that's just not right. There should have been frost by now. No wonder people think us Brits are obsessed with the weather.  

At least there are plenty of berries abound in the garden. The feathered friends are having a fine old time of it, munching away on a wide variety of luscious little fruits that are coming into their own just now and the colours are also a welcome sight. They bring much needed cheerful brightness to the garden on the short, dull, sunless days of winter.

'Blueberries', sketchbook detail

Of course, as many of us are now into the full swing of preparing for Christmas and other winter festivals, Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe are the popular choices for decoration around the home and on cards. Rosehips, Snowberry, cotoneaster, firethorn, hawthorn and honeysuckle also produce gorgeous fruits and berries that provide great subjects for painting. As I hadn't tackled too many berries since my initial foray into blueberries, I started a few more.

Hypericum (Tutsan) berries. In winter these
berries turn to a deep purply-black

'Snowberry'. Sketchbook work in progress November 2011
White berries, like this Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) are difficult to capture as much of the colour is produced by reflected light and shade and white-on-white is always tricky, (trust me there is a blue/green hue to these berries). There are a few varieties that have pink berries with Symphoricarpos 'Mother of Pearl' bearing gorgeous flushed berries. I would love to have one of these in the garden but alas, the alba will have to do. 

Symphoricarpos 'Mother of Pearl'
image courtesy of williams nursery

Blackberries, October 2011
(A little too much of a white 'halo' around the druplets)


1 comment:

Vicki Lee Johnston said...

Your work is lovely and light and fresh - I like it very much!