While I was working in the New Forest (traditionally known as new hunting ground), my Mum and I visited an art afternoon in Brockenhurst. I had often wanted to try silk painting and it was especially nice to a have shared this creative time with my Mum. My Mum was really good at drawing and I felt that she didn't often give herself this much important creative time.
Hollands Wood on silk
This was freehand and tricky using the gutta tubes for the linework - hence the rather large woodpecker! I remember the sound of these laughing green woodpackers and the 'peewit' of the lapwings on the heath. I was also lucky enough to see a wild pony give birth on the root balled heath opposite the campsite.
Mum's Mermaid on silk
I was pleasantly surprised when Mum chose the mermaid template. She didn't particularly like it, putting herself down, but I love the olive and burgundy together and her subtle touch.