Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Heatwave on WOYWW

It's wednesday again and that means
we get to take a look at what people
have on their desks
all around the world.
The Stamping Ground is where
you can find many others.

Not much has been done in my room this week
in fact the only time I came in here
was last saturday when little miss went to the movies with dad
and I had four blissful hours to myself.

I came straight in here and did a little cherry picture in my journal.

First, here is my desk today

not much to see.
There is a very good reason for not doing much, 
we are in the middle of a heatwave (temps in the mid 30's C & 36C today)
and although my room is airconditioned it isn't fair for me to be enjoying the cool air while the others are out in the heat.

We usually get this heat in february when the kids and hubby ( he's a teacher) are back at school and I can sit here happily creating, but we still have 1 1/2 weeks of holidays to go.

The only thing to do in this heat is spend the day in the pool and we are doing exactly that, only getting out to eat on the patio. 
I am a prune with terrible pool hair, wearing an oversized sunshirt of my hubbies, a floppy hat and have pink zinc on my lips.  It's really quite a sight! 
I promise I won't supply a photo.

I have a few photos of the process I went through to make the cherry pic and yes I know I have done cherries before, 
but they are a summer fruit and I love painting them, 
actually I prefer eating them more.

The cherries are in watercolour, which I have built up in layers to get more effect.

While waiting for the layers of watercolour to dry, 

I started to colour in the border with water colour pencils. 

The border is hand drawn and nothing matches exactly,
makes it more interesting.

Then I decided that it needed something on the left page so I wrote a little ditty and printed it out on my new printer :) and coloured it with paint, then stuck it to the page.

That looked a little boring, so I decided to play with the circle a bit

and finish off the cherries stems.

I was just going to finish off the cherry with the ditty, when they came home,
so this is it so far.

I'm off to the pool.


  1. Gosh soooo jealous but you did make me smile at the thought of you in your hat with baggy shirt and pink a sight worth waitng
    Enjoy the sun while you can!

  2. Your "nothing matches exactly" border is fab and the cherries look edible. Had a giggle about the prune and pool hair.

  3. The cherries are fab... glad you are enjoying a relaxing time in the heat.

  4. WOW! Those are so fantastic cherries. Don't be a prune (grin). Just enjoy your summer. Happy WOYWW (#3).

  5. Be careful, Julia has a thing about cherry patterns, so she might just have to purloin that gorgeous little watercolour. I like cherries cos you can have cherry stone spitting competitions - which I have blogged about before..seriously..ask Mrs Dunnit and Morti :)
    Hugs, LLJ (aka Spittin' Champ!) #26 xx

  6. Love the cherry pages! I love the summers but here in Oklahoma this past summer was horrible with over 60 days of temps greater than 100 degrees. I lived in the pool and ac all the time. Hope it gets better for you soon! Thanks for sharing and have a great week! Vickie #50

  7. The cherry page is lovely, so wish to have a swim in the pool, too cold in the UK for that one x x Hugs May x x x

  8. gorjuss cherrys, love the sentiments as well, can you chuck me some of your heat, its freezing here

    thanks for the snoop
    Judie xx

  9. Fab space and makes. Thanks for sharing.
    Cathy xx (#24)

  10. Oh I would love to see a photo of the floppy hat and lipice :) We are also having a heatwave here in South Africa - the aircon is on 24 hours!
    Celestial Things

  11. Hi Tutti Frutti
    Those cherries look delicious...nice enough
    to eat with a dollop of ice cream in all that
    summer heat....lucky you.
    Luv Angie (GB)

  12. Yum! Those cherries look good enough to eat. Love your watercolors!!

    WOYWW #45

  13. Now im hungry, the cherries look fantastic!

    Maria x

  14. Oh go on, show us a picture!! Love the cherries and nice to see the process, I see you do the darker bits first. I'll have to try that, I tend to do the lighter bits and then build up the areas I want to be darker (not real art, just on cards!!). We're not exactly having a heat wave in Michigan but it has been 12C when -12C would be more like it!

    Brenda 101

  15. Heat-waves and cherries - the opposite of things here - lovely water-colouring! Thanks for the peek in to your crafty space...Sarah at 6

  16. Hi, Your cherries look fabulous! And I love that Beehive Ginger on the right hand side. Do you use Inktense blocks? A friend has just lent me hers for a couple of days. Can't wait to try them out! Happy WOYWW and sorry I'm a bit late ... pooter problems!

  17. I'm seeing how many I can get round this way.then when I have finished I'll come back again, that is if I can STOP reading all the posts first Happy WOYWW

    LOu P

  18. Lovely cherries! Look good enough to eat! Enjoy the time with family; that's what life is all about!

  19. Hi there Vonny love the cherries almost look good enough to eat and the pool am coming in with you too have family up there so know how hot it is .. you can keep it we had 26C here today - just perfect - love it - happy WOYWW and thanks so very much for popping over for a look and chat! Shaz in oz.x

  20. oops only just read what others are saying about the cherries Neil and mine almost the same beginning! shows I only read post a few of comments doesn't it!??

  21. Oh, you are making me miss my pool! And some heat! Love the cherries! They look so plump and juicy.

  22. Laughing as I can just picture the way you look! Sounds like the way I walk around (in warm weather)....enjoy! I would trade you in a minute for your weather as it's cold, grey and rainy right now and we're expecting some snow in the wee hours of the morning....ew! What a great job on the cherries you've made a lovely card! Thanks for the visit today.

  23. I can barely contain myself, those cherries are beautiful, I could lift the off the page and eat them. The kids must be made up to have you both around to enjoy pool time and holiday with them, it's luck that it's come early. Make the most, I have no prob with you being in slip slap slop gear !!!

  24. Cherries.... yum! I love your drawings and appreciate us your showing us how they came to be. Happy WOYWW to you!

  25. Love the cherries and the sweet saying - thanks for the peep at your workspace(Hazel, WOYWW 67) x

  26. Hello,
    Thank you for your nice message on my blog. You're lucky to be in a swimming pool. Here in France, it is winter and it freezes!!!!

  27. Mmm cherries, my favourite fruit, and yours really do look good enough to eat, thanks for the peek...

  28. Luscious cherries, so well painted. Swap you zero degrees for some of your HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!!
    Great snoop!
    JoZarty x

  29. I love cherries! I love hot weather! And I miss my pool!!!

  30. Hello!

    Love your project but am so envious of your warm weather and the pool! We are in snow, ice and cold weather here and will be for a few more months! Wishing you a happy week!


    Barbara Diane


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