Sunday, 12 November 2017

The end is in sight

Just had to buy this book.


Pictures are delicious. Real coffee table candy.


New lights are up.






Have begun thinking about decorating my home. Getting excited about adding colour.


Charts are fun but decisions, decisions. Have retired to The Studio. Three days working on the Beach piece with no interruptions - except keeping painter happy with cups of coffee and chocolate biscuits. End in sight.


Lettering added.








The feather has been printed on.






Still to hand stitch a feather, fill and add my signature glass jars and the end is really now in sight.
Still looking for a name. Shoreline Treasures has been suggested.


A mishap. Stitching on the lettering, phone rang, I jumped up to answer and heard a crunch. Razor shell crushed.


An extra evening spent finding another shell to fit the space, it is not in as good condition as the original. Then redo. The trials of creating.
Look in next week to view finished piece ( I hope it is finished. No more mishaps.
BYE      BYE







Sunday, 29 October 2017

No more holidays

Back home from the last trip for this year.
 
Always great to settle in, and be surrounded by ones familiar objects.


He is not familiar. The Green Man was brought back from my holiday. Looking for an outside place to hang him. Garden or Courtyard?  Glazed ceramic and about a 40 cm by 30cm. Do you like him? I fell in love with him.
Another part of the Beach piece finished. I must get a name for it " Treasures from the Shoreline" not very inspiring.




The Razor shell contains a poem.


Tissue paper painted, printed then waxed.
I have had another look at the STONES while away. I took scissors and glue and some photocopies of the drawings I had of the Stones and played.





Made it horizontal. Changed the composition completely. Will it work this way? Still not right but can now begin to see a way forward. Well maybe not.
Please look in next week as I plan to spend a day at the sewing machine putting the writing on the nameless Beach piece.
BYE   BYE




Sunday, 15 October 2017

Time spent with friends

Have been spending time with friends in a beautiful part of Scotland


Waterfalls


River walks


Wonderful Autumn colour which could not be adequately photographed. I even managed a few big hills.


This is a super walk. Woods, Moorland, and Riverside
We wandered all afternoon with frequent stops to read the poems and view the great pieces of sculpture.


 










A very small selection of the many pieces on this walk. Some are fun and make you laugh others carry a serious message.
This bronze sculpture was my favourite.

I have been adding to my Beach piece. No name yet.
 





Razor Shell will have a book inside.


Loose thread has got into the photo.
Please look in next week. Will I have a name for the Beach piece? Will I have finished my Challenge Book?


BYE      BYE

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Busy week

A busy week, meetings, AGM`s and grandchilds birthday, all interesting and some things were fun but all keeping me out of The Studio.
Working on the Sketchbook challenge and it is a challenge.





Back cover of book. Finding it hard to splash paint and gesso around.




Front cover. Still more work to do but certainly does not look like original book cover.




The brown paper was wrapped round some new pens I bought. Used inside front cover.
 


The start of the first page.




Lots more work to do before hand over day. A friend visiting was upset I had cut the lambs head off.



Beach work going slowly.




This section is ready for words. I use the facility on my sewing machine so rarely I need to consult the manual each time I wish to use the sewing machine to stitch the writing. That's tomorrows job.




Checking up on me as he looks through The Studio door. He is looking very bedraggled now as his tail has gone as have most of his back feathers. Head and neck feathers are still looking good and I wonder if they will drop off.
Please look in next week to see if I manage to master the stitched writing and progress on the sketch book.


BYE    BYE










Sunday, 1 October 2017

Being stretched

Rain and more Rain again. Everything is dripping so into The Studio. It was cleared this week as Fusation another exhibiting group I am a member of brought a selection of work. We were deciding how many pieces we needed to mount an exhibition in St Andrews. More about that next week.






All surfaces cleared but not for long.




This book will be transformed, I hope.
I have been unable to deface a book any book. Upbringing. Books were precious, hands washed before opening one etc. I am taking part in a sketchbook challenge with some friends. They set me the task of using an A5 old cheap book. I knew I would fail and would make or buy an A5 but one member has presented me with 5 second hand books.






I must use one so here it is cut to A5.




First coat of Gesso applied. New pages made using cut off pages.




Found the act of cutting the book hard. A rainy day was just right to get started. Really being stretched to deface this book. May still find it too hard and will buy an A5. Does anyone else have this problem?




I have 4 small pieces of work in this exhibition. If you are in the area please visit. Good gallery very interesting textile exhibition by EDGE members.






I am reading these books for research but also enjoying them. Have started a  beach piece of work. No name yet but sand ripples and findings are the inspiration.



A long piece which will fold into a book for storage.






Painted fabric and paper. This piece will have lots of hand stitching.





Solar lights from a well known Swedish store have worked really well. On grey rainy days they still come on at dusk. How do they work without sun?
Please look in next week to view how I am coping with the sketchbook and to see what else has been added to seven foot long piece.
BYE     BYE