November 25th, 2010 Comments
I finally have a time and place to perform my first solo show, something I have been dreaming about for years, at least since I was 9. It’s funny how when it becomes real it’s more… real… less of a dream. Less awe-inspiring. Because there’s certainly a lot of work to do (sound of sleeves being rolled up).
Most exiting are the lovely friends who have agreed to help me on this journey, and with their permission I may profile them here later on… Hurray!!
Here are some first stages of artwork to go into the programme. The poster will be different again…
I always do a first draft which I love but is not perfect, in an irreverent, unthinking messy way. Then I try to improve on it in the second draft by planning and plotting and trying to make it ‘good’, but these things are unrepeatable and I get so frustrated with myself. The best drawn lines are ones I look at afterwards and can’t fathom how I made it – it doesn’t look like it’s mine. Or that they’re just random flicks of a wrist that I didn’t care about at the time but now are perfect. Or perfectly imperfect.
And the final version:
Right, now I’m off to bed, was up til 4am doing that last one…
November 12th, 2010 Comments
I had a birthday recently and some lovely things happened in the world of nature to make me smile…
First I woke up, looked out of the window and watched this seagull standing motionless on the smoking chimney stack. Funny.
Later on I had a delivery of one Birthday Rainbow,
with accompanied ridiculousness attached:
(just imagine it was coming out of my mouth and you’ll get the picture),
then the starlings did some magic, which completely distracted me from my dinner – photos taken through restaurant window,
Then after going to the circus (ish), I saw a beautiful pale ring around the moon. No photos – too dark, you’ll just have to imagine the feeling of wonderment I had throughout the day. (also nice; presents, friendly messages, and threats to throw me into the sea at 6am not undertaken (the sentiment was greatly appreciated)).
March 7th, 2010 Comments
I want to paint hearts all over the bathroom. My instructions are to try it out on paper first to see if it ‘works’. Pfuh. Of course it’s going to work!
Now I need to find some glue that doesn’t stick forever.
December 30th, 2009 Comments
I was given a most wonderful present for Chrismas, that invloved, a bottle, fairy lights, and glass paint, and I have since been merrily painting and getting absorbed in colourful-light-land…
November 1st, 2009 Comments
On a walk today I found the best backstreet for autumn leaves, got completely distracted from what I was meant to be doing, and instead, made this:
there is a ginko tree there,
but I loved the pink leaves the most
October 27th, 2009 Comments
I went for a walk today to play with the leaves.
Astonishing colours, there’s so much vibrancy even after summer has gone.
This pile of leaves needed to be admired.
It was windy so I re-placed the leaves several times and held them down with mental glue.
I stopped to chat with some friends who walked past, and then the wind dropped and I finished it, into a large V shape.
Here are some of the leaves that I loved:
August 3rd, 2009 Comments
I didn’t go to the carnival with my dragon, but I did make something that reminded me of carnival in some inexplicable way.
Here are some details:
It was windy, so I couldn’t get the petals to lie in an orderly fashion. Which is wholly appropriate.
That’s a pea in the bottom right corner.
This was just fun to make, to appreciate bright flowers, and feel good.
June 30th, 2009 Comments
After taking so long to make decisions yesterday, I decided to worry less, and make them quickly. I really enjoyed the result.
I used: first clippings of young grass, rose petals, jasmine, snapdragons, fuschia, geranium, orange day lilies, pink rose, hardy geranium, pansy, the rest I don’t know their names… yet, other than big daisy, which is a bit suspect.
June 29th, 2009 Comments
He is a naturally occurring mandala. What with being all curly. I’ve got cat envy.
May 1st, 2009 Comments