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Wide Awake

I'm wide awake when I should be asleep, so now is as good a time as any to post! Yesterday's rain, and did it rain, non stop for hours - has been followed by a day of bright sunshine. Quite brisk and breezy, good for drying the washing though and warm in little spots out of the wind.

Walking the dog at around 4pm and passing through one of those sheltered spots, I was delighted to see an absolutely perfect Red Admiral, flawless and richly coloured, with wings spread resting on a bramble and soaking up the sun - having surely just emerged from its crysalis. Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera, so by way of compensation have included a small painting completed many years ago depicting a Red Admiral feeding on a fallen apple.
Night, night.


  1. Me too! I thought blogging was as good an activity as any. I always get a thrill when I see a red admiral. Your little painting gives me even more of a thrill. Beautiful

  2. Gorgeous painting. I LOVE butterflies! :-) You should make prints of this painting. It's lovely.

    Too much change in the weather here for my liking and my migraine... :-(

  3. You are one very telented lady L. x

  4. That is one stunning painting!!

    C x

  5. Exquisite! There was another batch of butterflies here on Monday, I have a feeling they had newly emerged and they were all feeding on the ivy flowers on next door's wall. I always worry about these late butterflies and whether they will survive. What a beautiful painting. x

  6. Emma - so glad I wasn't on my own, after a while the only option is to get up, isn't it?

    Thanks Sybille, I just might turn it into a print.

    Viv and Carol thank you (I'll be getting big headed at this rate).

    Me too Cathy, because the weather is very unpredictable at this time of year and a fine balmy day can be followed by a wet and windy one. I don't know what the average life span of a butterfly is, do you?

  7. What a beautiful illustration Lesley. I feel I could reach out and stroke that butterfly. I am getting into butterflies myself now since buying a huge book full of coloured photos the other day. Mind you it is the sitting down and putting pen and paint to paper that is sometimes difficult.

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog! I love your work - will be following your journey!

  9. Cathy, yes putting paint to paper is sometimes difficult - overcome that barrier and your on your way. Good luck, I'll look forward to seeing those lovely butterflies.

    Thanks Ju, also for the email message - will return to visit you again too. BFN. Lesley

  10. Hi Lesley...isn't it delightful to see the sunshine for a bit after non stop rain?!! How lovely to see a Red Admiral on your walk! They are so pretty and your painting of one feeding on the apple is beautiful!

    Where has the time gone? I totally understand that feeling and dealing with challenges also. I adore your beach photos. I can see that being near the ocean is a source of inspiration and peace for you. I hope October has brought some peace to your heart!

    I love your post of paintings/prints. They are all gorgeous, but I am really fond of Porthmeor Rocks and Seascape and Headland! I am a beach girl at heart and can't help but be drawn right in. Your use of color, movement, light and texture is wonderful and your pieces are truly beautiful!

    See you again, take care...~Lisa

  11. what an absolutely stunning painting this is~!~
    you've captured the beautiful details and colors so very well~!!~

    thank you for your visit to my blog the other day and forgive me for being a bit on the slow side just lately.


  12. Love your work, I have enjoyed looking at your blog! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog! Suzie. xxx

  13. Lisa, Libby and Suzie - wonderful comments, to be treasured, thanks. Lesley x

  14. Hi Lesley, I love your blog! Your work is beautiful, especially the seascapes... I love the seaside!! I am very envious of the "Home Spun Fair", it looks like a really wonderful event, and great to see so many talented people making a go of things. Helz x

  15. what a gorgeous painting, the red admiral is one of my favourite butterflies...

  16. Hi lesley, great to see you the other day or was it more like 2 weeks ago! enjoying a beach walk with your lively dog. Been away and come back so catching up...beautiful precise drawing. see you soon again. Carol x

  17. Beautiful painting Lesley, you are so talented

  18. Thanks Helz, the Home Spun Fair was great, hopefully there will be another next year!

    Crafty Green, my painting doesn't come close to the saturated, rich colouration of the red admiral seen on the day of the post!

    Hi Carol, welcome back, hope you enjoyed yourself.

    Thanks Carolyn, have loved the shadowy, dark red hydrangea pictured on your blog recently. x


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