My Journal

Here you can find my journal where I record thoughts, activities and anything else that I feel drawn to share.

Please come back from time to time and take a look.

I’d love to have your thoughts as well, so please feel free to get in touch.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than one seeks.” John Muir
The capacity to care is what gives life it’s most deepest significance.” Pablo Casals
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright

2018

November 28th, 2018

Just received this message.....Coo! & wow!!!

We are writing to inform you that we are very pleased to celebrate your commitment and contribution to the AFC's mission, by featuring you as the December, 2018, recipient of the Artists for Conservation Foundation's monthly conservation award.

The AFC's Conservation Artist Award is awarded monthly to honour an AFC member who has demonstrated a combination of artistic excellence and an outstanding contribution to the conservation cause. Other recipients of the monthly award have included Robert Bateman, Guy Harvey, John Banovich, and David Shepherd, to name just a few. At the end of each year, recipients of this monthly award will be considered for the annual Simon Combes Conservation Award.

Congratulations on this, and on all your work in using art to further the conservation cause. We hope to see you in Vancouver one year.

November 15th, 2018

Hi folks, I've entered another competition..this time for a cool little firm called 'Wraptious' and I need as many Votes as possible, for my 5 designs, on the page link below.

https://www.wraptious.com/…/autumn-2018-submissions-by-susa…

It won't take 2 secs, and would be really appreciated as it will help bring my artwork to the attention of this company.

The lucky winner is accepted into the Wraptious company; who then produce other artworks by the artist, and make them available via their website and at shows etc...which would be utterly and absolutely amazing!!!!.....A fantastic opportunity.

If you can, please vote... and thanks for your support.

 

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November 7th, 2018

Have dusted-off my bat cape.  Received a bat rescue call this morning. Unfortunately he was found yesterday a'noon but thankfully he looks okay, so fingers crossed.

It turned into a wildlife morning as en route I rescued a pigeon from the middle of the road. Spotted a lovely heron sat in the pond, in the rain. 🙂 And couldn't believe it when a beautiful, large, healthy fox ran across the road in front of me. All such brilliant sights, but sadly, for the fox to be out mid morning probably means only one thing..... rotten, hunting souls are about.  Couldn't see any hounds in the vicinity so am hoping he stayed safe. Bat hosp. is also now set up and batty is lethargic, but cosy, warm.

October 31st, 2018

I did it!! Just had an amazing evening meeting fellow artists. The Dorset Art Prize organised by Bournemouth University attracted 100's of entrants from all aspects of the visual arts: sculptures, textiles, photography, digital, animation, ceramics, drawing, printmaking - with the presentation of awards at Poole Museum.

The final award of the evening, 1st prize, £1,000 for the 19+ category winner..... and my name was called out.... I couldn't believe it. 🙂

Met Sandy and David afterwards, two lovely talented artists. Congratulations to you both also and look forward to catching up again soon.

Thank you Ellie and the panel of judges too. Coo!!! Still in shock lol!!

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October 25th, 2018

As a member of Artists for Conservation I was invited to portray an endangered bird species, to be donated, to form part of a mural mosaic: featuring all 678 endangered bird species of the world.

The 100-ft installation formed the artistic centrepiece of the 27th International Ornithological Congress, and the unveiling was at the Artists for Conservation Festival this August in Vancouver, BC. I portrayed two artworks: a Hooded Vulture and a White-winged duck. Today, I was delighted to discover that my Hooded Vulture has been included in the ReMax footage from the festival, and is also displayed on the AFC website. Chuffed to bits!

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October 14th, 2018

Lovely to see them, but can't believe am still harvesting Sweet Peas.

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October 14th, 2018

Updating websites sure is a rigmarole.  Another late night tweaking text, uploading new artwork, transferring bits, so many photos .....do I keep or not keep? Hmmm.. dilemma. So much to learn too - thanks for your help Clive.

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October 11th, 2018

I’ve been keeping an eye on some young Parasols mushrooms for a few days, and on the way home from walking the girls took the opportunity to investigate further. Hence Brian had mushrooms, egg and chips for dinner, and I just love mushrooms, egg and toms on toast.

If heavy rain hadn't been forecast for the next few days, I would have left them be, but didn't want them to go mushy mushrooms on me. I didn’t harvest all and they were taken from different areas.

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October 9th, 2018

Had another lovely experience today.  A friendly Italian gentleman visited my Studio and we chatted at length about my artwork, environmental concerns and his business.  Amongst other things, he has a large Gift shop in the Bournemouth area - selling his family wines and a number of environmentally friendly products.

Am always keeping an eye open for environmentally-friendly products and prior to last night growing loofahs had never crossed my mind before. Whilst rummaging on the internet I decided to investigate how to grow my own loofahs.  It transpired that this gentleman was out and about promoting his new product...environmentally friendly home-grown Loofahs!  You could have knocked me over with a feather.  It was such a coincidence and I was definitely interested, and purely from what I'd learned the previous night was able to converse about certain aspects of his product.

It transpires that most loofahs sold are shipped in from China: where they are bleached whiter than white, and not only are they of inferior quality, but also the production is extremely harmful to the environment.  Looks like I may be selling environmentally-friendly loofahs in the not too distant future.  🙂  In the meantime, the gentleman is also extremely interested in art, and has other artist friends in various parts of the world.  Whilst chatting, he also expressed an interest in perhaps displaying my artwork locally.  It was a great meeting, and I learned lots.

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October 3rd, 2018

Yesterday was a drizzly, grey, blustery and surprisingly busy day at the studio. I normally wouldn't have opened up as I was also busy trying to sort my new website - but I knew that family were in the area and would be popping by to say Hi.

It was lovely to see them, and not long after they had left more people popped in: including an English lady and her Chinese friend. Two of my artworks are now going to China, and one to Hampton in London. 

To hear an English person speaking Chinese...is impressive, I also didn't realise what a beautiful and musical language it is. When I mentioned this, I learned that they were actually speaking in Mandarin. A really interesting and good day.

Today is a lovely, warm, sunny day... and surprisingly there isn't a soul about. lol!!I It is funny how things works out.

October 2nd, 2018

After Saturdays adventure to purchase a birdbath from the middle of nowhere... my lovely birdbath is now in situ at my little studio.

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September 30th, 2018

Been a bit busy this a'noon organising the rescue of a hedgehog. Received a message saying that it was in a garden, 10 miles away, making strange gurgling sounds, walking round in circles, ears and neck covered in maggots. Person that had found it put it in a bucket and took it in last night and then put it out again this a.m. Thankfully they phoned me this a'noon and thankfully it was still in the garden.

Hedgehog now with an expert Hedgehog rescuer. It transpires he is 4 weeks old and has had the tip of his nose strimmed off.  Thankfully no maggots, but many fly eggs have been removed. Pain killer administered. Going to the vets first thing in the a.m, maybe pts, not sure. The carer says he can’t ever be released back to the wild tho’. For now he is tucked up warm, safe and sleeping.

The carer said throughout her life, hedgehog casualties have seldom been due to wildlife predation, and are more often than not due to total lack of thought and care from humans, and total lack of responsibility re: their dogs. She believes that hedgehog numbers are decreasing because of this.

September 30th, 2018

Cider makers were busy in and around the barn today. With so much activity I was keen to check that all was okay with my Greater Horseshoe Bat.

A pretty sunset and lovely evening made even more perfect with these calls as he flew off to feed. It was lovely to find that he was still there, and to see him.

September 29th, 2018

Went to buy a birdbath today, from a little cottage in the middle of nowhere. Ended up having a lovely lunch at The Saxon, in Stratton. Highly recommend: old pub, good food, lovely atmosphere. Then into Dorchester and to the Museum. Glad we did as it’s going to be closed for a couple years for alterations. Lots of interesting fossils and archaeological finds. Had coffee and cake close to this magnificent clock, and then home again to snuggle with the girls.

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September 23rd, 2018

Yesterday I took the girls for an extremely wet and windy walk. I was keen to get back in front of the fire but enroute decided I should take the longer path in order to check the barn where the GHS bat is living. Reason being, that last week I discovered someone had inadvertently shut the barn doors and locked him in. I decided it best to go and check, and as it transpired, am glad I did.

There was a chap in the barn draining the huge beer barrels. The barrels have been there for a long time, but I had no idea they contained anything. He was as surprised to see me, as me him. After the initial exchange of: 'what are you doing here type questions' we both realised all was well, and had a good chat about bats and the estate etc. Apparently he lives in a village 5-6 miles away.

On our doorstep we have many apple trees, as well as figs, pears etc.. and last year the gentleman was invited to make cider. Hence he was in the process of emptying the barrels ready for next weeks new harvest and pressing. I enquired as to where the cider was sold and he said that it wasn't. It was purely for personal use. We chatted further and then said our goodbyes.

Half an hour later there was a knock at the door, and stood in the pouring rain was the same gentleman bearing gifts... a large sealed bag with a tap on it.  Last night we sat supping the most deiicious golden home-made cider. 

It is funny how things work out. If I hadn't made the effort to check the barn door for the bats, our paths would not have crossed. Before leaving he also very kindly assured me that he had left the top barn door open for the bats lol!! Bless him. A lovely meeting.

September 22nd, 2018

Peace, Love and Blessings on the Autumn Equinox.

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September 22nd, 2018

A message on facebook from a dear friend Rahul.  It was a great big pleasure Rahul and thank you too, for being a lovely buddy.

'Me with a Special Greeting Card of my Tawny Eagle Artwork on it  Thank you so much Didi Su for this lovely & memorable Gift'

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September 27th, 2018

PALM OIL UNDERCOVER
This is a list of just some of the names companies disguise 'palm oil' under. There are more than 200 names. 'Palm Oil is in an estimated 50% of all products on supermarkets shelves, from food to detergents to cosmetics.'

We invite you to look at our list of alternate names for Palm Oil on our site. Unless there is mandatory labelling it’s very difficult to recognise it in your purchase

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September 19th, 2018

The discovery that adult mosquitoes and dragonflies that have accidentally ingested plastic, whilst as larvae and living in aquatic watersystems, are inadvertently passing plastic contamination to species: birds, bats etc that normally wouldn't be affected. It hadn't crossed my mind ... but it isn't just our oceans and marine species that are being contaminated. Our waterways are filled with microplastics so it makes sense that they are going to enter all food chains including insects, and any mammal or bird that feeds on them. It really is bad news.

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September 14th, 2018

A fb photographer recently mentioned 'image theft', and suggested protecting photos/artwork with a site called Pixsy. I'd not heard of them before and after searching for info. and reviews, I signed in.

I was shocked to discover a number of my artworks being used in a number of countries, by various companies/individuals, without my consent.

The process with Pixsy is easy, and you don't have to pay for the image search. The monthly fees kick-in if you wish for them to chase-up the removal of your artwork, and request payment for use of, on your behalf. Sounds good on the face of it, but the reviews re their success rate were mixed.  If anyone has more info on this company or any other companies providing a similar service - would appreciate your thoughts.

This is text from a 'mother of two' who appears to think it is absolutely fine to use my 'Baby Orang' artwork, without my consent, in order to earn herself a little extra cash... hmm!

'Hello and welcome to my store! I am a wife and mother of two looking to supplement my family's income through my CafePress store! I hope you ejoy your shopping experience and come back often!

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September 10th, 2018

A heartwarming sight, my lovely girls snoozing after a good walk....but with one eye open lol!! The monkeys don’t miss a trick. Just noticed I haven’t dusted outside since the fest. hmm..the staircase should be black.

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September 8th, 2018

I entered an art competition a long while ago and have just received some good news - yay!! Apparently, I've been selected as a Finalist.

September 6th, 2018

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

September 5th, 2018

Okay .. This is a message for all budding young artists living in the UK. If you would like to enter an illustration competition, you need to draw a picture of one or more badgers in black and white, and be aged between 13–16 years old.

Seventeen lucky winners will win the chance to have their artwork published in ‘Badger Boy’ – a wildlife crime mystery novel. The closing date is 15 April 2019, and the winners will be announced on 01 May 2019.

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September 2nd, 2018

Home after a busy couple of days. Lovely to see so many familiar friendly faces: folk popping by to say Hi and also giving the heads-up on which bands to look out for. Also super to meet so many interesting folk; lots of lovely chat and lots of laughs. Thank you to All who called in to the Studio. It's been a great weekend!!!

September 1st, 2018

Back to the Studio with a whoosh!!  It's been full-on with preps. for the End of the Road Festival which is happening - right here - right now. 

Finished my Snowy Egret artwork, organised new canvas tote bags, mounted a couple of prints, rearranged the studio to accommodate the new bags and cushions, and had a couple of mini photo shoots. Also redesigned and ordered new environmentally-friendly greetings cards. What with Greater Horseshoe Bats in the garden at home and designing new website it's been a tad manic.... but all equally important. Wishing you all a groovy weekend and see you on the other side.

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August 26th, 2018

I love this. My mantra since I was a little girl.

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August 25th, 2018

International Saturday Bat Night.
8.30 p.m Waiting for a Pip. to emerge from a small hole in a roof, and a Greater Horseshoe flew past me at shoulder height.  The sun hadn’t set but he was out foraging early.

Sat down and heard a snuffling sound seemingly heading in my direction. The bat detector made a loud noise, and unbeknownst to me, a badger that must have been only 8’ away and watching me, shot off thro’ the long grass.

A Barn Owl then landed on the gable end of the barn above the roost. I may be wrong, but I think he was being opportunistic as had seen him on previous nights perched on a chimney pot close-by. It has been known for Barn and Tawny Owls to catch bats as they emerge from their roosts.

Lots of bat activity as the temp. dropped, it was a lovely full moon and great p.m, but it was def. a tad nippy out.

August 21st, 2018

I just love  and always knew we were in a good spot as over the years have recorded Pips, Noctule, Serotine either passing thro’ or zipping above the cottage, plus we have a Brown Long-eared maternity roost in our roof. That I have been monitoring for years, for the Bat Conservation Trust.

I discovered four nights ago, that we also have Leisler, Barbastelle, and Whiskered foraging....and we now know that we have a Greater Horseshoe bat roost in the barn at the bottom of our garden!!! A lovely and exciting warble.... and beyond my wildest dreams. Am on Cloud 9!

August 18th, 2018

I can hear a few housemartins still chirruping outside my study window. I feel sad tho' as this a.m I can only hear a few, and fear the majority left for warmer climes, last night or early this a.m.

Each day over the past month there have been huge numbers of housemartins congregating, swarming, around the cottage. Chicks peeping out of their nests and parents flying back and forth feeding them. A super sight and sound.

As dusk fell last night, I sat outside monitoring our bats: the swallows and housemartins still flying above: a couple of swallows even roosted in the barn. I had no idea that this morning it would be so quiet. I can hear a few housemartins outside but miss the heartwarming chatter and activity that accompanies me everyday throughout the summer months. Safe journey 'little ones'.

August 17th, 2018

Amazing night tonight. I heard and/or saw Barbastelle, possibly Leisler, BLE, Soprano and Common Pip, Noctule and joy of joys.... We also have Greater Horseshoes.  🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇  Two nights recording them emerging to forage. Such a lovely sight and sound. So lucky to have found them.

August 15th, 2018

Today I met a lovely couple and am delighted to say that my very first new 'Amur Leopard' Designer Canvas Tote bag has gone to a good home. After searching high and low over many months, and after many investigations in order to find a company that produces good quality bags, my reward today was to see one very happy lady with my new Amur Leopard Designer Bag. I was so excited, and cannot thank her enough for also allowing me to photograph her.

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August 15th, 2018

Artists For Conservation Foundation Featured Artist of the Day.
http://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/artists/1522

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August 13th, 2018

Human Population:
1 Billion: 1804
2 Billion: 1930
3 Billion: 1960
4 Billion: 1974
5 Billion: 1987
6 Billion: 1999
7 Billion: 2011

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August 9th, 2018

What a lovely welcome back to my studio this past three days have been.

Yesterday, an elderly couple popped in and stayed for half an hour or more. It transpired they live in a local village and the gentleman is a musician and his wife a singer. We chatted about housemartins, swifts, swallows and all the wildlife they have recorded at their farmhouse over the years. A really interesting couple, and they too said they have noticed and are extremely concerned about the drop in numbers of birds returning to them each year. Apparently, over the years they have installed many bird boxes for the various species, as well as monitoring the nest building around their home.

One of the greetings cards they purchased was my Greater Horseshoe bat, which coincidentally  led to us chatting about batties.🦇🦇 I have now been invited round for coffee, to view their bats and to help them position bat boxes.  Brian has offered to help which I really appreciate, as am not great with ladders at the moment. I am delivering their fine art print shortly and look forward to seeing them both again soon. It's been a good week

August 7th, 2018

I feel so lucky as I meet so many interesting visitors to my little studio.

Today I met a lovely gentleman who during the early 50’s, was a music teacher at Sandroyd School, also known as Rushmore House: the former home of General Augustus Pitt Rivers. The General is the gentleman who created the Larmer Tree Gardens, in which my Studio sits.

The fact that this gentleman was a music teacher at Sandroyd during those early years, was interesting in itself, but apparently he left Sandroyd School to work at the legendary Abbey Road Studios!!! He was a lovely gent and so modest.. and I wouldn’t have known any of this, had it not been for his partner mentioning the fact. It transpired that he worked at Abbey Road for 38 yrs, eventually becoming Senior Music Producer, and he met some well-known and extremely interesting and talented musicians. 

August 3rd, 2018

Sunset views across Cranborne Chase as I left my Studio tonight. In the distance, The Folly, glowing in the sunshine.

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August 2nd, 2018

Up, up and away.... the preps. for a Balloon Flight viewed from my Studio window.

It takes approx. 1/2hr to lay the balloon out, pull the ropes into place and position the basket ready for take-off.

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August 2nd, 2018

Can't believe it is over a month ago that I was last in my little studio and starting a new artwork.

Am back again!!! Yay!! 🙂 ...still spinning and swaying a bit, but thankfully not as bad as when the Vestibular n. kicked-off on 29th June.

My new website is taking a long time to complete but... “Shwayzi Shwayzi”, not sure how to spell it, but it’s Egyptian for 'slowly, slowly', ‘all in good time.’🙂 In the meantime there are some new editions to the Studio. Photos coming soon.

It's a lovely sunny day..have a good one folks!

August 1st, 2018

Take your rubbish home with you and before you discard, cut open any mesh, plastic rings, plastic bags, containers, squash your tin cans and destroy anything that looks like it could trap and kill. The endangered red squirrel was found on a busy roadside.

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July 31st, 2018

We should all be campaigning for a phase out of all but the most essential plastics. Some quick tips from Friends of the Earth to keep your use of plastic to a minimum all year round.

Small changes - big impact!

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July 26th, 2018

Endangered is endangered. Cartoon by John Deering.
Courtesy Cartoonist Group

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July 20th, 2018

Had a brief but lovely stroll on Martin Down yesterday a.m. Saw beautiful butterflies including Adonis Blues, Marbled Whites, plus many of the plants and animals that have become rare or have been lost altogether from our intensively farmed countryside.

The wildlife of the downs and an open landscape that is still ....."good for both mind and body" by W.H Hudson... describing Martin Down in 1910.

Martin Down gives you an idea of how the landscape and its wildlife would’ve appeared to our ancestors. It's a long time since I last visited and it was lovely to be back again.

On the way back to the car I also spotted this handsome little chap, a Bloody-nosed Beetle, plodding his way across the path

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July 15th, 2018

You get the garden planted.
You get the roof fixed.
You take the dog to the vet.
You spend the day with a friend.
You learn to make a new kind of bread.
You hunt up photographs for someone who thinks he needs them.
You certainly have to do the shopping
But you get through this aggravation so you could get back to painting
Because that is the high spot.
The painting is like the thread that runs through all the reasons for all the other things that make one’s life.
— Georgia O’Keefe​

July 14th, 2018

Because "the cat doesn't like to be kept in at night". The owner said, and that statement...says it all!! This is a rare species of bat.. and as sad as this is...that is not the point. It is the complete waste of a precious life. The life of a lovely bat.

It broke my heart reading Bat rescuer Gail's, words.

Apparently the owner stated that "the cat has done it before".... which sadly means - he will do it again.  But as always, the owner will then expect someone to drop everything in order to come out to care for the bat, which probably will mean, as in this case, putting the poor thing out of its misery as it so badly mauled and damaged.
Cats are the biggest killers of bats, birds, small mammals.  They are devastating our wildlife.

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July 10th, 2018

I loved the ship the 'Rainbow Warrior' and all it stood for.

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July 8th, 2018

Lovely warm p.m last night so we went badger watching; a beautiful walk but no luck on this occasion. This a.m we found a badger-shaped hole in our fruit cage, in the garden. lol!!! 
I reckon whilst we were out hoping to catch sight of one of these beautiful animals in the woods, he was in our garden raiding our fruit.  Pesky critters... 

July 3rd, 2018

Couldn't afford a professional to photograph my cards, coasters etc. and luckily stumbled across these. Bought the lamps in conjunction with a disc light reflector and am now rockin' with my new little studio set-up........in the corner of the lounge. lol!!  It's basic, but looks and feels pretty legit, and was a bargain.  I never dreamed I would have such a kit and am lovin' it
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July 2nd, 2018

After having such a great start in the studio on Thursday 28th, unfortunately I succumbed to Vestibular Neuronitis; never heard of it.. but apparently there are crystals that can become dislodged from their normal place inside the inner ear, and when the crystals move around it causes dizziness.

The first I knew of it was the following morning, when I sat up in bed and immediately fell backwards. I was extremely dizzy and have never experienced the like. The day continued in the same vein and the Dr. prescribed tablets to help cope with the nauseousness. She also informed me that am not allowed to drive. Needless to say I haven't been able to get back to my little studio or drawing since last week, and have been tottering around like a little biddy, hanging onto everything for support. lol!!!

The good news: is that because I ain't going nowhere for a while - the new website is progressing well. 🙂

May

Over the past few weeks I have been looked after beautifully by my husband whilst recuperating from my op.  The past few months have been extremely busy what with replacement windows being installed at home, carpets fitted, decorating, plus the op. etc.  Have not wasted a minute tho’ and whilst off my feet have been organising a brand spanking new website, plus new design eco-friendly greetings cards: produced on environmentally friendly paper, and new products displaying my artwork: all to be included on my new website. Exciting times. Watch this Space!



April 19th

Unfortunately my Studio will be closed for the next few weeks and any orders received will not be processed during this time. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will contact you regarding orders and enquiries, as soon as I am able.



April 18th

Brian saw a housemartin fly across the front of the cottage yesterday, and this morning, as I sit in my Study, I can hear the familiar chattering of our feathered friends outside my window 🙂 Our housemartins have returned!!!! 🙂 It’s super to see them darting back and forth as they select their nests, and to have their company again. Welcome home ‘Little Ones’.



April 17th

Spent today packaging both my Hooded Vulture and White-winged Duck artworks.  Both artworks are now
winging their way to Vancouver.  The  Artists for Conservation ‘Silent Skies’ 100-ft installation, featuring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world will form the artistic centrepiece of the 27th International Ornithological Congress at the Vancouver Convention Centre in August 2018.  As am going to be out of action for a while and time was running short….it was a bit of a rushed job.  Hence my White-winged Duck is just a quick sketch, and many thanks to photographer Andrew Watts for allowing me to use his photo.

I chose to portray my White-winged Duck as if he had just landed; his white wing coverts and bluish-grey secondary feathers still half-open and in sharp contrast to the dark, swamp forest where, in a secret tree
hollow he will roost for the night.

The White-winged Duck is most easily seen at dusk when returning from a slow-flowing river, or stagnant wetland feeding ground; his diet consisting mainly of seeds, small fish, insects and aquatic plants. This species was once distributed widely across north-east India and south-east Asia, but sadly their numbers have declined due to habitat loss and hunting.

The White-winged duck is a large, dark, forest duck with orange eyes, an orange and black mottled bill and orange-yellow legs. His underbody is brown, with a contrasting head and upper neck speckled with white. The wings when opened are white and the breast and upper body a glossy-green black.



April 15th

Have finally finished my sketch donation: White-winged Duck. https://flic.kr/p/J8wZMJ



April 16th

Received a request for an interview from a family whose daughter wished to ask me about my art and conservation work, for her school project and presentation.  Have just spent a lovely hour with Esmé and her family, at my Larmer Tree Studio, at the Larmer Tree Gardens. Good luck witih your project and look forward to seeing your artwork Esmé – Happy Painting!

With our migrating birdies on their way back to us, this a.m I decided to purchase a woodcrete Swift box. Each year we are full of anticipation as a couple of Swifts fly around the cottage and investigate our wooden boxes, but 🙁 never any takers. Hopefully the new style box, entrance below, will be more to their liking. Can’t wait to see what happens. Watch this space!! 🙂



March 30th

As chocolate eggs go on sale in the supermarkets, stop and think about the decisions you make this Easter.  Palm oil is a key ingredient in many products including Easter treats. The production of this ingredient is one of the leading causes of deforestation.

As chocolate eggs go on sale in the supermarkets, we urge you to stop and think about the decisions you make this Easter. Palm oil is a key ingredient in many Easter treats. The production of this ingredient is one of the leading causes of deforestation.If you are giving a gift this Easter, please consider opting for something environmentally friendly, such as our online orangutan adoptions. These adoptions help to rescue, care and rehabilitate orangutans in desperate need – the victims of the palm oil industry. To adopt, visit: https://www.internationalanimalrescue.org/adopt-orangutan?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Easter_2017&utm_content=Easter2017_videoThe adoption packs include a personalised certificate, a photograph, a soft toy and a fact sheet, as well as exclusive updates on your animal’s progress. They make wonderful gifts and can be purchased as postal packs or online printable packs. Please note that digital packs are sent immediately to the recipient, so if this is a gift it may be best to put your own email address as the recipient and then forward the email later on. To adopt, visit: https://www.internationalanimalrescue.org/adopt-orangutan?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Easter_2017&utm_content=Easter2017_videoShare this video far and wide to spread the word. Thank you.

Posted by International Animal Rescue on Friday, 31 March 2017



March 29th

Of the 2,174 bottles and cans collected, there were 230 dead animals inside – one for every ten discarded
containers.  This is why you should squash flat every can of drink that you have finished, before placing it in the recycle bin. Thankfully this little vole was rescued, but 1000’s are not so fortunate. Whilst seeking shelter, many little critters get caught in empty bottles and cans and are unable to get out again. A friend,
Brian Robertson, kindly rescued this little chap.

 

 



March 23rd

‘Tis the little Celandine. William Wordsworth.
Lesser Celandine on the woodland track to Larmer Tree. One of the first flowers to appear after winter.
Heart-shaped leaves and bright yellow star-like flowers; providing an important nectar source for early
insects and queen bees emerging from hibernation.

 



March 22nd

Can well believe storks were frozen solid in Bulgaria. Can well believe storks were frozen
solid in Bulgaria. Last week, after being out overnight in the freezing rain, our rescued peacock
chicks, now fully grown, experienced similar. Unable to move: feathers frozen with ice, we were able to 
catch them, carry them close to the cottage and feed them by hand. Late in the day the the peacocks started to thaw out slightly.  They were very miserable and cold tho’. 🙁  Feel very sorry for all the wild birds. We have numerous feeders and have been filling them every day.  This month we have seen so many different bird species visiting our garden: birds that would not normally venture into such close proximity of humans.

 

 



March 14th

So sad to hear about Stephen Hawking. A courageous, brilliant man. A remarkable life.
“We have but one planet and we need to work together to protect it” – Stephen Hawking.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreathes;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
(William Wordsworth)



March 12th

RSPB Love Nature have received their first swallow sighting reported from Harrogate, North Yorkshire today – there were FOUR captured in the photo. Keep your eyes peeled and record when you see our Summer Migrants arrive.



March 9th

View from my Studio. ???? What a murky ol’ day.

 

 



March 8th

Happy #InternationalWomansDay! Celebrating Gladys Mantle who, as one of the first animal rights activists on the Quantocks, saved a young deer from a stag hunt 70 years ago to the day – a little known hero and an inspirational woman. Good on you Gladys and all the other women who work so hard protecting our endangered birds and mammals around the world.



March 3rd

Moorhen & Bramblings under the feeders today. ???? Have counted 22 species drinking and feeding in our garden over past 3 days. Fear I may have become a tad twitcher’ish‬.



February 14th

Exciting start to the week. Am experimenting with an idea for another drawing….maybe a full-body portrait of an Amur Leopard. ????   .. hmm…I’ll see how it goes.♥ & big furry hugs to everyone on this extremely cold, wet and windy Valentines Day. xx

 



February 1st

Didn’t realise I had received one.  Found my AFC certificate whilst uploading my new
Artists for Conservation site.

 

 



January 31st

After updating my Artists for Conservation website, have also been updating my Nature In Art website and diary.  As a trial run….have decided to place each recent artwork or WIP on my home page.  Thought it might good to let visitors see what I am up to, at a glance.



January 30th

Just found this too.
Lovely to have been acknowledged along with fellow AFC members that donated to the Explorers against Extinction event, at the Royal Geographical Society, in October last year.

AFC Artists and Royal Geographic Society Fundraiser for Wildlife

On October 12 through 15, Several AFC artists are lending support to a major conservation fundraiser. Participating AFC artists include: Stephane Alsac, Guy Combes, Carrie Cook, Gary Hodges, Kate Jenvey, Karen Lawrence-Rowe, Ann London, Clive Meredith, Jeremy Paul, Pollyanna Pickering, Craig Roberts, Geraldine Simmons, Su Shimeld, Jonathan Truss and Paula Weigmink. Following is the press release describing the event.

http://www.artistsforconservation.org/blog-entry/afc/afc-artists-and-royal-geographic-society-fundraiser-wildlife



January 29th

Whilst rummaging for something else… just found this…..
My bat artwork accompanying an article in this prestigious magazine

British Wildlife Magazine ~ 2003
Greater Horseshoe Bat – Pen & Ink drawing
Wildlife Artist – Susan Shimeld

Artists for Conservation are in the process of updating their website and Signature Members have also had to update their pages. I have been beavering away, and this link is my new ‘Artists for Conservation’ Gallery.

http://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/artists/1522



January 28th

I have recently completed my ‘Hooded Vulture’ artwork, and am donating it to be autioned at the Silent Skies event in Canada.  Silent Skies is an international collaborative super-mural mosaic featuring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world, portrayed by AFC Signature Members. The installation forms the artistic centrepiece of the 27th International Ornithological Congressin Vancouver at the Ornithological Society.  Funds raised will will support bird conservation and environmental education.



January 18th

Couldn’g believe this mornings news.  Apparently one of the wolves at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust has esacaped.  Stay safe Torak. Poor thing must be wondering what the hell is going on.  My greatest fear is that someone might be trigger happy, as with the  Lynx that recently escaped from a zoo in Wales. The Lynx was shot dead.
http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/15858446.Wolf_escapes_from_sanctuary_in_Reading__police_currently_on_site/

Great news. Wolfy is home safe and sound. Thank goodness.
Am pleased to say that Torak was found safe and sound 8 miles from the Trust.  He went through a field of sheep and harmed none of them. He crossed countryside and was later spotted in woodland, but continued to evade capture. Eventually one of the handlers was able to walk up to him, place a collar and lead on him, and he was returned home safe and sound.


I met the wolves when I was invited to illustrate a book, ‘A New Era for Wolves and People’, written by Dr. Marco Musiani, a Professor at Calgary University, Canada. I was kindly invited to visit the Wolf Sanctuary in Reading by Denise.T in order to meet and sketch the wolves. I met the team and made some good friends. I was also introduced to the lovely Torak, Mosi, Mia and their companions. For further info. and photos please see my Conservation Links Page.


This is a photo of my meeting with Mia and Mosi. Great ambassadors for the species and an amazing and beautiful experience.



January 17th

Have received an email asking if I would like to participate in this years Sketch For Survival.

Below is the advert posted on their Facebook page. If you enjoy sketching feel free to join in
and help stop Wildlife Crime.Pencils at the ready – #SketchforSurvival 2018 is back!

Are you a professional wildlife artist or someone with a high profile that can help us raise awareness about threats to endangered species while also helping to raise funds to combat wildlife crime? We’d love your support! Please share! #explorersagainstextinction http://www.sketchforsurvival.co.uk/ Our Lives Matter – artwork by Siobhan Barlow, Sketch for Survival Collection 2017. Deadline for 2018 submissions: 31 July.


January 11th

Vultures are declining at an alarming rate for a number of reasons. Vultures have been demonised over more recent years and we are now inadvertently killing them in huge numbers. Not only are they are persecuted for being vultures; they are electrocuted when they hit high voltage lines across the worlds steep valleys and canyons. They die due to lead poisoning from carcasses that have been shot and left by hunters. Drugs such as diclofenac/antibiotics/chemicals can be purchased over the counter, in large quantities, across Asia and Africa. Farmers medicate their cattle and when the cattle die, the chemically-contaminated carcasses are just dumped. The vultures do as they have for 100’s of 1,000’s of years; they clean-up the carcasses for us, but sadly end up dying a slow, painful death from ingesting these chemicals. Vultures eggs and chicks also fail due to chemical poisoning. We need vultures. Watch and share the video, and sign the petition.  Please watch this video and sign the above petition.

http://www.banvetdiclofenac.com/en/act/
Please watch this powerful and informative video and sign the above petition.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuFCvTd53Yk&feature=share



January 4th

Slowly progressing with my artwork..titled Silent Skies, to be donated and installed as part of a collaborative
mural at the 27th International Ornithological Congress, Vancouver.

 



January 1st

Happy New Year Folks. 🙂  Wishing you All Good Health and Happiness for 2018!

At bit of random but important info. to start the year. Soaring numbers of turtles are washing up on UK beaches. Storms are causing the reptiles to become stranded along our coastlines. I didn’t know this so thought I’d share.

Anyone finding a stranded turtle, should not attempt to put it back in the sea. It may be still alive + returning it to sea will kill it. Instead take to a cool, sheltered place, away from the sea + report it immediately to one of the numbers on UK Turtle Code. @mcsuk https://www.mcsuk.org/news/turtle_washed_up

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” Plutarch

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