‘In Jackie’s Garden’

Early this morning

sparrows so dominated the seed feeder that

one of their own needed to wait its turn while perched in the winter flowering cherry.

A long tailed tit joined

blue tits tucking into the suet balls.

Soon after 11 we left Aaron to his work in the garden and drove to The First Gallery in Bitterne where Margery and Paul were hosting their 45th Christmas Show.

Margery herself exhibited a number of paintings including this Barn Bird II, its dynamic composition perhaps suggestive of Piet Mondrian.

Here is Billiard Players by one of her favourites, Eric Meadus;

and Cockerel by Joanna Williams.

Crafts of various natures share space with the paintings.

Ingenious automata,

welded ironwork, like the impressively elegant ‘The Violinist’,

and inviting handmade knitwear are specific examples.

Here Jackie takes delight in discovering

the watercolour ‘In Jackie’s Garden’ by John Jones who has produced a fine composition from various elements depicted during his sessions in our garden. Naturally we bought it – at a generous discount.

This evening we dined on medium rare fillet steaks; duchess potatoes; sautΓ©ed chestnut mushrooms and red peppers; and al dente green beans, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Merlot.

76 thoughts on “‘In Jackie’s Garden’

  1. I agree with you on the likeness to Mondrian, having done a computerised art version many times with the children at school, I cannot miss the similarities.

    You must be very proud of the garden painting. .

  2. How nice to have a painting of one’s garden. For some reason the sparrows that cover our garden in the summer disappear when it gets cold. I can hear them twittering in neighbours’ gardens. I am very envious of the long tailed tit as they are lovely little birds.

  3. How wonderful to find your garden in the art show! I love the photo of Jackie discovering it! I also like that little carving at the back of one of the tables of the man disappearing through a door.

  4. Sadly, I was unable to find Nugget in John’s beautiful painting. (Although if i remember correctly–which I may not–his work was pre-Nugget.) Quite a lot of talented artists’ work on display.

  5. How wonderful that you were able to purchase a painting called “In Jackie’s Garden”! I enjoyed the birds at the feeders. I’d say that the suet balls have proven to be quite popular.

  6. What a great thing to have – a painting of the garden. If only Jackie knew someone with artistic skills she could probably have a few more…

    The long-tailed tit is a great shot – I really struggle with them.

  7. Isn’t it nice to find art you like? And to have it be the garden of your house! I like the billiard players, too. The whole show, with its mix of arts and crafts looks wonderful.

  8. A delight to see your enjoyment of Arts and Crafts Derrick, it is always pleasure to find a special piece that attracts your eye, a piece that stirs your emotions, cheers.

  9. OH! John’s painting is so beautiful! I can feel Jackie’s delight! πŸ™‚ John deserves a BIG (HUG)! πŸ™‚
    A day surrounded by art is a wonderful day!
    We love visiting art shows, galleries, museums, art fairs, etc. I, also, enjoy getting caught up looking at the art in people’s homes, in medical offices, in hotels, in restaurants, etc! πŸ™‚
    I love seeing the birds all a’flutter, a’twitter, and eating well! (People who are addicted to Twitter ought to spend more time watching birds!)
    So nice that Aaron is such a great helper!
    HUGS to all and to all a “good-night”*! πŸ™‚ (I got Santa Claus on my brain! πŸ˜‰ and the *’Twas the Night Before Christmas poem. πŸ™‚ )

  10. β€˜The Violinist’ is really lovely, but as soon as I saw it, I could hear my mother in my mind’s ear, saying “What have you bought that for? Are you going to dust it? because I’m not…” (etc)

  11. What a thrill to have one’s garden painted! And Jackie’s garden definitely begs to be painted. What a beauty. Now you have your very own picture of this beautiful place created, if I remember correctly, from rubble and trash.

  12. Makes me want a bird feeder for winter. The hummingbird feeder has a short-lived season! I love those bird pictures…. the Cockerel by Joanna Williams … and the violinist. That’s a grand collection! I wish we were there to share that Merlot with you! ❀

  13. That is a treasure then isn’t it !! A watercolour of your own garden is a dandy treat. Jackie looks quite smitten, as she should. I wish I could paint well with watercolours, I always love them the very most at any show. It seems to me, most galleries tend to under represent the medium, siding with oils and such. Do you find that to be true there? Congratulations for the charming addition to your home xK

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