Behind Paradise…

The hill behind Paradise is Painswick Beacon and on a clear day you can see what seems to be half of England and the outline of Wales. There’s a quarry nearby by the name of Catsbrain, no idea why it has a name like that, but it was from this area that the stone for Gloucester Cathedral was quarried.

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Last evening we went for a walk to the top of the Beacon and it was a vivid green for miles, with the River severn glinting in the distance and the Malvern Hills clearly visible too.

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The Severn in the distance

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Spotted this triangular leafed plant on the way back, pointing at a brilliant blue summer evening sky.

What a morning of winter light.

This beautiful woman is a gargoyle on Gloucester Cathedral, the rain water comes off the roof out of the pot she is carrying.This is a wonderful piece of carving by the skilled stonemasons at the Cathedral and today was one of those days when the winter light is just right to photograph such things. This is high up on the Cathedral roof and it was only thanks to a telephoto lens that I was able to get this close, and thanks to one of those wonderful sunny winter’s days that the light was right.

I normally only feature cartoons on this site, after all this is what it’s all about for me, but an image like this deserves to be shared.

Back to the drawing board tomorrow.

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Stone me! D and G

dandg lineworkThe next stage of the process, the line work before I really foul it up.Drawings are best done in a relaxed mode, not drunk ( done drunk and it looks great at the time and dreadful the day after )
I was relaxed when I did this the next stage of the David and Goliath drawing, and when this bit was done perhaps I should have stopped, it’s good enough like this without digital interference perhaps. We’ll see. The digital difference will be posted later.