Dragon no more

July 30th, 2009 Comments 0

I couldn’t finish the dragon after an accident with a glue gun and a trip to casualty.

dragon body 500

Bye bye for now dragon!

Dragon head

July 28th, 2009 Comments 0

More dragon news.

Paper prototype for the headdragon head prototype 550:

Finished eyes:

dragon eyes 650Made out of plastic water bottles, aluminium foil, paper, shiny tape, bin bags, and sticky-tape.

And here is someone lovely holding the dragon head semi-created:

dragon head 550

Made from plastic foam, gaffer tape, green and blue fabric and glue gun.  At this stage it still needs a lot of work – all the spines, eyes, decoration, tidying, and skin effects.  This is just a base shape and a base colour.  With eyelashes.

Blue Sky Fluff Throw

July 27th, 2009 Comments 0

This fluff needed throwing.

blue sky throw 650

Orange stitches

July 26th, 2009 Comments 0

red on rock 650Beginning.

Middle:

orange line 600

End:

orange spiral rock 600

Wet by the Pembrokeshire rain.

Goodbye

July 26th, 2009 Comments 0

Goodbye Barbie, goodbye mountains, goodbye cottage, goodbye slate, goodbye river, goodbye lovely friends,

Barbie goodbye

see you next time.

Barbie Pooh Heart

July 25th, 2009 Comments 0

As we left the cottage this morning I noticed that our furry friend had left us a gift on out doorstep.  How kind.

Barbie pooh

But I was actually pleased because I thought it looked nice.  As we were walking on the hills two days ago, past all the piles of sheep pooh, I thought how great it would be to make pictures out of them, but I didn’t at the time.  I got as far as asking Rob how he would feel about holding my hand after I did that.  He said he didn’t mind, it was just cellulose.  But the walking took over.  So, here was my chance.  After our outing, I set to work.

Barbie pooh heart

I felt like it left an appropriate message to our cottage:

Barbie pooh heart context

An hour later Barbie herself turned up for her photocall:

Barbie portrait

It’s a little blurry due to the vanishing light, but Barbie, your star is rising.

She wanted to be an artist aswell as a model, so she made her own contribution:

Barbie pooh heart destroyed

Ah, the transience of all things.

Nightime disturbances

July 24th, 2009 Comments 0

Rob and I are sleeping on the floor of the living room, which is two feet away from the front door and window.  On the first night we were woken at about 5am by a whole host of strange noises.

Tonight when it happened again, I decided to get up and find out what all the noise was about.

I discovered this:

Barbie at the door

Yes that’s right, your eyes do not deceive you, that is a sheep, or rather, Barbie the sheep, at our door.  She was bleating over and over again, and appears to be pressed up against the door, trying to get in.  Barbie is next door’s pet lamb, born in April, an orphan.  She is so tame she is more like a dog than a lamb, is not afraid of cars, people or, in fact, dogs.  When they try to re-instate her into the flock they will have an interesting time herding her.  Anyway she is not so tame as to be able to resist the temptation to run into the living room, jump onto the sofa and pee all over it, or so we had been warned, so I didn’t open the door to shoo her away.  Half an hour later (with more maa-ing), a small boy came out from next door, and it became clear that the sheep had unhooked the gate when it came up the path, so was trapped.  Tonight I will be tying the gate shut.

Observations

July 24th, 2009 Comments 0

Today I saw lots of rotting machinery, returning to the earth, but very slowly.

tractor piston

This tractor is becoming one with a fern.

tractor wheel

We are near slate mines, and there are piles of slate everywhere, some small, some huge slabs.  Spotted -

heart slate

A concrete heart.

Aberllefenni day 1

July 23rd, 2009 Comments 0

We finally arrived last night at our cottage near Machynlleth, to a very warm welcome and a gorgeous fish pie.  The next day, we went walking up a hill to discover the bearded lake (Llyn Barfog).  I found this hump, which to me looked like an ant’s nest, but Rob assured me it was a rock covered in grass.  Whichever, it was a very friendly hump that invited me to attach my assorted sheep’s wool to it. sheep wool SFurther along the hilltop I balanced this: rock burnt wood pile After our hill walking we tripped off down to the sea (in the car), and it was lovely: the chips in the cone just right, windyness – to – looseness-of-new-straw-hat ratio perfect, and the strings of seaweed lying around, endlessly inspiring.  I made lots of videos of myself playing with one seaweed strand, so edited version to come.

seaweed triptych

Finally I made this sand mandala:

sand mandala

using the seaweed as a spiral,

sand spiral

This is clearly not your average castle, this one has stones in the moat:

sand mandala stones Hooray for today!

Speedy, fiery mess

July 22nd, 2009 Comments 0

I spent the day packing to go on holiday near Machynlleth with my boyfriend and friends.  We didn’t really get off to an early start, and by half five we thought we should probably get going, but I couldn’t resist doing a picture.  I had a pile of petals, and I decided not to sort them, just pick out one at a time, or some at a time, and just make it all in about two minutes.

The result is actually a bit of a mess, and might look like creative vomit, but hey, I had fun!

fiery mess

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