Actually painting to be strictly accurate and it feels good. July and early August are usually a bit of a wipeout for me with preparations for in Bloom judging, but after that is over there's a chance to get out the paintbrushes again and produce something other than the drawing which I have been trying to keep up with down at the beach hut. As I realise we are now into late summer, or even early autumn - here are some red hot pokers emerging from a shimmer. I've been wanting to paint these unsubtle flowers for a while - and now's the time! I think these will be painted directly onto the background, rather than the collage style that I have been hung up on for a while now.