Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Green chair and green shoots!

There are so many blogs about Interiors and this is primary an art blog but I thought (for once) I'd share this mini makeover I did in my porch. So with a couple of botanical cushions and a new chair covered in the most delightful floral fabric I have brought the garden indoors.

Now this space lifts my spirits even on the dullest of days.
At last the weather is getting milder and there is a stretch in the day with light up until 5 o'clock now. I love this time of year with Spring in the air. The garden is starting to come alive after it's winter sleep.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

A Letter a Week

I have joined A letter a week 2012. I came across it at Paper Ponderings . It is a project that began in 2010 where each week one produces a letter (alphabet) creating 2 alphapets in the year and putting them together into a book or other format that takes your fancy. The quality and variety of work from the past two years is stunning. I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to revisit calligraphy which I loved in school so I dusted off my pens and nibs and began what seemed simple before I started, but actually doing it was another  thing :(  Each letter has to be on a square 7cm.x7cm. and to create some unity within the project circles or dots have to be incorporated into the design. Below are some of my first attempts.
Not happy with my actual letters I thought I'd try a different approach
                                                              and another
But this just looked too crude so then I tried some more
At this point I was beginning to think maybe I should forget about the project, but I was having far too much fun to give up and after all that's the main reason for the exercise so after many more trials and errors cutting and sewing and using differant papers and pieces on hand
I decided to use a type writing stamps  instead of creating the letters myself which rather defeats my initial motivation for taking on the project but perhaps by the time I get to the second alphabet I will have more confidence! So using an old map, fabric and some beautiful hand made paper with paper dots I eventually decided on a theme and look.

I am looking forward to the project and sharing and learning with the others taking part. You can see my "A" and what the others are doing Here

Monday, 16 January 2012

Garden Painting

It has been a while since I posted about my art. I'm busy painting at the moment but it is all work in progress so nothing to show you yet. I thought I'd share some older seasonal paintings with you. They are of my front garden, I'm showing you a photo of the garden as it was with a light snowfall, the painting were not done from this photograph as I just have to look out the window to see it, but you can see where the shapes came from. We no longer have these conifers as we replaced them with a small hedge last year that unfortunately it was killed by the frost so this Spring we hope to replant again, this time with a Beech hedge.
January Garden
February Garden.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Lay Your Head Down

I am back in the studio preparing for an exhibition. Hopefully I will have some new work to share with you soon.
Meanwhile I thought you might enjoy this beautiful song from Sinead O'Connor.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year. I hope 2012 will be a Happy and Healthy one for you all.
My motto for the New Year is simply to

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