Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Have the Swallows gone?

What a beautiful day - sunshine & showers ........twice, followed by sunshine. I will appreciate the light now that it's starting to get dark earlier, the gloaming drawing in. I love the Autumn but first I need to embrace it, get used to it & I have to admit the swallows have gone - it's October after all.


To hang on to the summer just a little longer I'll show you these shadows I came across a while ago, an Elder tree moving in the breeze, I was absolutely mesmerized. It was possibly moving about a little too much but I can see a screen being made out of one or two but oh, how to choose! Has anybody used a UK based screen maker before? I used the wonderful Linda Stokes all the way in Australia last time!

I haven't made much, working to live has got in the way a little but the season is calming down now so I may have more time to make hearts like the one above cut from a lovely tea tray cloth - I'm inspired to use vintage tray cloths by talented artists like Cas Holmes & Helen McKenna. I felt dreadful cutting it but I think it's worked well (& I don't really do tray cloths) & possibly birds & more trees for the Christmas (!) Craft Fair end of November & cards & 'gifts' & things. Will I make a Christmas Stocking or 2?

I did cut my peacock fabric, it was languishing in the corner & needed to move on a step.

I'd  already made the strips below & would stitch one or 2 of an evening when my eyes could stay open

I love edges
& rolls

& this above is vaguely what it will look like, as a small wall hanging

My New Dawn rose is over but there is one bloom hanging on delightfully high up into the birch by the front gate.

Honeysuckle thru the downstairs loo window, what a pleasure to watch. There is one flower hanging on there, too. I will sketch it before it goes.

Thanks for waiting for me to come back!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

a little bit more

First up, the Made in Sleat (not sure how long the site will be up) exhibition, held in the Duisdale Hall, the first organised by Visit Sleat but the second time for me to be part of a group of artists showing here - it's been too long! Maybe we'll do it again next year?

Lots of pics, just scroll thru as fast as you like.

That's me, above left, there's all the info in the Made in Sleat link, I don't have the energy to link all the names individually. An interesting thought, I'd like to have been under the Artists list, on the beaautifully made website, even tho I am an artist maker. 2/3 of my work is flat work, I've more in common with the watercolor & oil paintings here as I use watercolor pencils, oil bars, acrylic - I don't use ceramics, leather or precious metal. Where do I belong, do you think? Or am I being pretentious (moi?)

A different kind of produce here 4 delicious (if I say so myself, my family kindly agreed!) greenhouse grown cucumbers about a month ago. & that was it, where are the rest, did I miss something? Lovely sweetpeas from supermarket seedlings, being away in May would have killed all my efforts, that's my excuse ;)

Don't you love the perennial sweetpea the way it fades to that delicious blue?

Ready for another show? Again, just scroll thru as quickly as you like. Such a lot of talent.

 Mine first, so small compared to the amazing giants here! they were in a pretty dark corner of the church, too so they got missed when being photographed for the Skye Quilters Blog but I've been asked to send this pic so it can be added ;) All the credits for this wonderful work is on the link, too.

Great to be part of this group, even tho I can't go to any  meeting til I retire from the day jobs ;( but I enjoyed my day of stewarding. Our very own Festival of Quilts! I've  loved all the blog posts I've been reading on the FoQ - they do have more space than us tho. Great that Jenny's quilt was there, as seen on Julie's blog, 3 posts down.

Well, if you're not exhausted reading all this, I am writing it, see you!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

The week that was

OK, so I had the exhibition

Disappointingly quiet but these things happen

 proud of my new work despite there not being enough people around to appreciate it

My little helper!

 Enjoyed the Highland cows on the way home & didn't have too much road rage when some people stop in the middle of the road to take pics (I parked up safely) or go too near the cows for their own good ( I keep well away from horns that can gore you with a small turn of the head!)

even had time to relax on the terrace - I felt I'd earned it

I'd like to do more sketching - this wisteria follows on from my last post ....can it really be nearly 2 months ago?
 I'd sketched this building from a Macdonalds in Eastbourne when down for the wedding - all I could find in there was a napkin (lovely tape showing thru there ;) & some left over paint from printing below that. I need to work more on my sketchbook

 Working on 2  pieces for the Skye Quilters' exhibition; there I go jumping from neutrals to brights again....

 last but not least a little success in the sale of a piece at the Made in Sleat exhibition, poster below  - we had the opening tonight & I sold my lovely owl feather, I say lovely as I'll miss it but it's gone to a good home.

Mounted on watercolor paper as kindly suggested by Isobel, thank you.

Here's hoping for a busy week!