Edith writes in her July diary:
1. Fine, but dull, with breeze from the northwest. . . .
7. Cycled to Knowle, through Widney. The hedges are a tangle of wild flowers now.....
In the DVD series I am watching Edith draws a bee skep while in Knowle, which I came across in the Country Diary engagement calendar. I drew it during my practice time in my journal one morning. . . .
Her July watercolors fill 13 pages! The story this month in the DVD series Edith spends much of the time biking down country lanes and walking through fields of wild flowers with two of her sisters. She is also illustrating pamphlets for the crusade to end the hunting of foxes and pigeons. There is a scene where a dog is found caught in a trap which was very unsettling because it looked so realistic! I was ready to join Edith's crusade! At the end of this episode she receives a letter from Frederick Smith who hopes to visit her in August. However, she has already planned to spend the month in Scotland, so writes him back to say she will not be available.
In Edith's biography I am reading about her Easter visit in 1906 on Dartmoor where she continued her close friendship with the Trathens. While there she writes, "In the afternoon I went up on the moor to bring home a pony and foal. Both are delightfully picturesque in their shaggy winter coats and I hope to begin their portraits tomorrow morning."
Ragged Robin's Nature Notes, Part 4, takes you through local villages and down lanes that Edith would have walked on her nature walks. There are some very lovely photographs of the lanes and countryside.
Bunny Mummy's July post highlight's Edith's 1905 diary. This month she has lots of wild flowers.
Because I visited a Butterfly habitat this week (did you see my I Come in the Little Things posts?) I chose a picture with butterflies this month from the myriad of drawings for July. First I drew a pencil sketch of the butterflies fluttering around Purple Tufted Vetch on my drawing pad. . . .
Then I drew it again on watercolor paper and painted it with watercolor paints and a fine brown pen. . . .
While I was drawing, a butterfly outside my window caught my eye. Can you see it on the Hosta. . . .
Also this month I sketched in my journal a scene from each chapter of Gabriel's Tale, a children's story I wrote a few years ago. Here is Chapter 2. . . .
I was not pleased with any of the other ones so that is why you are not seeing them. Frankly, I was very discouraged. Drawing from real life and/or my imagination is not coming easily. The only way I'm going to reach that dream is to keep trying despite the results. I do feel I have the talent, but it is buried deep inside. Maybe I have to draw one picture 100 times in order to "dig" it up. Then one day I'll pick up my pencil and discover it on my page!
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