Saturday, 26 September 2015

End of the Summer

Autumn is in the air but I had to pick a last bunch of flowers before the garden is finally over. Things started later this year so it stands to reason they lasted longer, except for the blackberries. I ate 6 pretty sour berries today & the rest are green & almost all the rest have gone mushy round where I live, such a waste of lovely growth.

I love the vase of flowers above but I quite like the 'framed' look of the still life, too.

 I'm following along with Design Matters TV daily sketchbook work - it reminds me of the square a day I did 5 years ago, except I've whited out only a few pages in the gardening book I've purloined ready for sketching & sticking & only started the 'front' pages & one entry on the 18th of this month so far. Maybe with the end of the season nigh I'll be able to do some work just for myself, playing, disappearing into the pages with color or fine lines for a bit of peace.

The shoulder diagrams? Yes,  I finally got my lovely GP to get me a scan of my shoulders - I think he did it for my peace of mind. Well, I have a near full thickness tear in the rotator cuff, calcium deposits, erosion at the top of the arm bone - humerous? they call it spinosis, like a hedgehog, well you can imagine the prickly pain, can't you ? & all that causes the Impingement Syndrome which makes me just a little butter fingered & I can't alwys feel or grip a needle..... I'm off to the shoulder surgeon so this book might be quite cathartic ;)

What do you imagine these knitted pieces will be? Bet you can't guess! I've been using 'Norwegian knitting' showed to me by a Norwegian who could never understand why we laboriously (well, it is when I do it!) wrap the needle with our right hand when we can just pick up the thread from our left index finger.....look up European knitting - I ain't no knitter but I'm enjoying these bits & pieces.

Went for a lovely walk a few weeks ago to celebrate 28 years married (!)

 The Storr - you can just see the 'Old Man of Storr' 1/3 of the way in, beautifully highlighted by the sun.There were about 100 cars parked along the roadside - we saw 5 other people where we walked down on the shore below.

 Quite stunning really.

The reason for a good walk? Lunch in Skye Pie, the most mouth watering pie I've ever had, but I probably drooled more in the beautiful gallery next to the cafe area. The work is by various talented people but the big piece I know is by Jan Kilpatric, near Ullapool.

I really must get my India Flint book out for another look see!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Made in Sleat Exhibition

Another month gone by but this time I've had an excuse as I've been cobbling together all my bits & pieces to make 2 wall hangings & 4 small framed collages (I only achieved 3 but that's fine.....)

for this event starting today! the official opening is in a couple of hours - it'll be good to see them all together. Best of all I'm in the 'Artists' section on the website (at the bottom but I'm used to that & deLIGHTED!) & no I don't think that being a maker is second best coz I'm one of those, too ;)

a sneak peak of the 2 hangings about 3 1/2 ' x 1 1/2'  - edit, forgot to say this series is called "between the tides" hope it will last me the rest of my life! Did you see how well the kind gift of the screen from Linda Stokes represents my interpretation of the little hills of wiggly sand left by sand worms? (3 'spirals' on the sandy colored linen, below) Couldn't have been more apt ;) Thanks again, Linda!

 What else have I been doing?

 a visit to Mallaig
a fathers day card, meant to be a silver birch but it's a little stiff! I like the feel of it tho. My mum wanted one for her birthday so I drew a Scots pine, can't find a pic tho... 

Went to the Fairy Pools to see what all the hype was about - see above pic borrowed from Google. Suddenly our guests all had this lovely place on their list - it was featured a while ago as one of the top wild swimming placesI knew I'd been there about 20 years ago & I was sure I would have remembered if I'd been to the 'Blue Lagoon'!

the Youngest & I went to have a look. I've kept the person in, above, for scale -you can see it's a great bowl of space with a thin river coming down from the hill

 I'd heard about this arch just under the water & had considered swimming under it to embrace 55, with one of the kids pulling me thru with a rope. I gave myself nightmares imagining myself or the kids getting stuck under water in the 'tunnel' Well, it's a foot wide, about a meter under the surface, just unde the white of the water'fall' in the middle of the pic. I looked at it & didn't feel the need any more (the 'anxiety' nightmares stopped, too!)

 It's a beautiful place, but it's just a small place

 turned into a motorway with toilet stops visible along the way, a lot of men in wet boxers (no, really not my fantasy!) & in the pic below you can see how all the edges are eroded away.

In fact the GF of the Youngest was going to do her dissertation on the purity of water at the top & the pollution of it at the bottom once it had passed thru all of the chemicals on the skin of the lovely visitors swimming about in it. The DH was quoting the Eagles "call it Paradise & kiss it good bye"

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE our visitors, they keep the Island open, but I don't like hype.  I know I wasn't in the middle of the water with a wide angle lense, but it's a little deceptive isn't it, the hype?

 Very exciting to see Pilot Whales on the way back down the Island, my VERY FIRST! Sadly, they were a little far in the loch for comfort, apparently, with the possibility of getting stuck but they managed to get out into the deeper water later.

I was even excited about this beautiful moth!

& joy of joys, whwwn I started sorting out the pics for this post this was happening outside the window - 2 chicks at the top with stubby tails & a resting parent below them.

 They were very careful in feeding first one then the other

blurry but I love it!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Permission to write

I've been thinking about this for a long time but I've finally given myself permission to actually write! I'm having a wonderful week with my parents visiting - no mean feat while struggling with AMD (age related macular degeneration) & continuing (3m) neuralgic pain caused by shingles on the scalp & that's just my poor Mum! We're celebrating them being here, their 59th wedding anniversary last week, being unusually together for Father's Day, our 2 birthdays, the Youngest returning from tracking deer on the Isle of Rum for a month & tomorrow the Middlest will be back from his Induction into the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) - it's all initials! where he will support the Royal Navy as a marine engineer, 3rd Officer of the Watch (3OE for short!) I had a lovely chat to the Eldest & would love to have seen him & Em but I can't be greedy. I'm a proud & very lucky person, can you tell?

 I've been studying the seaweed 'shrouds' , films of thin seaweed left behind as the tide goes out. I find them fascinating but haven't yet worked out how to translate them into a mixed media textile piece.

 I'm enjoying playing with Gwen Hedley's ideas using cling film as some bits look like plastic when dried hard & some look like soggy holy 'felt' samples.

 I enjoyed a workshop with Aileen Grant where we spent a lovely afternoon mono printing using gelatine plates - I wanted to frame the actual plate below with dried on paint! Using the netting in the top left corner as very effective.

 netting, lace doily of mine & other shapes & layers

 prussian blue ink applied with a brush that I hadn't done before, cupcake papers & dried leaves.

an attempt at printing on cloth, but the colors got a little muddy

& above, my first attempt at a landscape, & below, the w/s was held near Eilean Donan castle

I've been sketching, enjoying the trying, anyway. it's an fb group, delighted to be asked & we're given a prompt every couple of weeks. I like a challenge. This week it's Flora! 

I was asked again to make another Ulna Bone protecting gauntlet, this time for over the clothes, therefore decorative & colorful. She was delighted & again, I was relived that it worked!
I must try to source some gold velcro, or something more neutral than black at least.

 I also made a 'pretty purse' for a special girl - quite like my new 'squared' corners

 some cards for a couple of local outlets & I'm delighted to have work in a lovely new place in Broadford, just down the road from me The Old Pier Gallery, a sister of Skyeworks Gallery all the way up in Portree.

& last but by no means least I won a giveaway by Linda Stokes of the Thermofax DV by Lyric Kinard. It's wonderful, so informative. Linda kindly send me a card of her work, & an actual screen made by her good self. Oh to own my own screen maker....but there are people you can go to to order their screens & ones of your own designs, too. Decisions, decisions - I see screens every where, even in a cut on my arm as a cracked bucket full of earth scraped across my forearm I thought about drawing it & printing with it, there's passion, eh?!