Snow into Spring

The winter in Britain this year has been exceptional, one of the worst in recent memory. This week we’ve seen farmers desperately trying to rescue their sheep and cattle, buried deep in snow drifting over the hedges where they sought shelter. Where the sun breaks through there is a slow thaw, but in the hedgerows it hangs on. The nights have been crystal clear and bitter cold with bright moonlight. The clocks change to British Summer Time tonight but the summer seems a very long way off. Last night, the moon called me at 3 o’clock and as always, lured…

A surprise after the thaw

Well, what a change? The thaw came fast and strong with winds and rain! All the snow gone overnight. The surprise came on Monday when I discovered what I thought was a dead goldfish in our garden pond, was alive – just! I think he became trapped in the ice and too cold. I put him in some pondwater in a bowl in the shed and drew him. He looked very sad. However, he survived the night and looked much brighter the next day. I’m glad to say that this morning he was so much improved that I put him…

Food under the plum tree, (January 2013), Maxine Dodd

January blues

This week the weather steadied – snow bedded deep and days were cold. The whiteness is wearing and we’re all tired. I ventured out  to meet my friend Sheila who was painting nearby, but mostly continued work in the garden. Along with my usual pen and watercolour, I changed to oil paint on board for the first time in a long while. I felt that I needed paint with substance to convey the scene. I made four small paintings of our trees, birds and hedgerow at the end of the garden next to the field, making wilder marks as I…

Maxine Dodd, orange and lavender dawn

Winter white?

Following on from last week, the winter has begun to bite deep into the countryside. We’ve had days of hard frosts and now today, the snow is falling. It was too cold to hang the washing out, so instead, I festooned our garden trees with food for the birds. Colour arrived in the form of one fleeting but spectacular dawn and a fieldfare bossed all the birds. Here are some of my drawings: