Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Just another day in Paradise

This is my first chance to post news. It is wonderful here and it gets better every day. I am having a wonderful time swimming and lazing around on the beach listening to steel bands and eating great food. I have taken loads of photographs and will post these when I get home as I am not sure that I can do it here. Watch this space I may be able to do it sooner than I think.!!

Friday, 12 January 2007

Gerry waiting for his Christmas Dinner!!

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More pages





I had a wonderful day in the summer with a friend and an indigo dye vat in the garden. The colours were so great that I had to get them into the book. This proved a talking point with my Tutors as the blue pages were a big contrast to the softer more muted colours of the other pages. I felt the contrast of the indigo blue dyed fabrics with the green leaves of the plants and the rusty lid of the dustbin were too good to go un-noticed so I added them. I think they work alright and this was a practise book so I went ahead. After all it is a complimentary colour scheme!

Practise sketchbook







This is the cover of my practise sketchbook. The background was made from my favourites of the moment pva glue and layers of crumpled tissue paper which was then painted . It is decorated with a real leaf, tree bark and lichen. These have all been given a coating of pva glue to preserve them and make them flexible to manipulate without breaking.
The theme was 'my garden' or as I call it the reclaimation yard. I have all kinds of reclaimed bits and pieces in my garden; its not just about flowers; more about nature and the ravages of time. There are some plants that I absolutely adore like the Japanese Tree Peony that I bought for £1.50 at the garden centre out of season. It was reduced because it looked dead. A few small sticks in a pot have now turned into a huge plant measuring about 4 foot across and 4 foot high. It must like the clay and the dead ash from the fires that I throw all over the garden to help soak up the wet from the clay. There is an awful lot of work to be done out there at the moment, but that can wait until I get back from holiday.

Practise sketchbook







This is the cover of my practise sketchbook. The background was made from my favourites of the moment pva glue and layers of crumpled tissue paper which was then painted . It is decorated with a real leaf, tree bark and lichen. These have all been given a coating of pva glue to preserve them and make them flexible to manipulate without breaking.
The theme was 'my garden' or as I call it the reclaimation yard. I have all kinds of reclaimed bits and pieces in my garden; its not just about flowers; more about nature and the ravages of time. There are some plants that I absolutely adore like the Japanese Tree Peony that I bought for £1.50 at the garden centre out of season. It was reduced because it looked dead. A few small sticks in a pot have now turned into a huge plant measuring about 4 foot across and 4 foot high. It must like the clay and the dead ash from the fires that I throw all over the garden to help soak up the wet from the clay. There is an awful lot of work to be done out there at the moment, but that can wait until I get back from holiday.

Thursday, 11 January 2007

Back to Class

This evening my sketchbook class started again after the Christmas break. I have spent the last two weeks collating samples and working on my first assessed book. I have been trying to get in front of myself before I go away on holiday as I shall miss 4 sessions. The evening class went well and we were given back our practise books which were finished before the Christmas break together with the Tutor evaluation. I was pleased with the results as I am never sure that I am on the same wavelength as everyone else!! However the comments were favourable and I feel a lot happier with what I am doing now.
Five more days too holiday!! I am getting excited now. Will start organising my packing tomorrow. Won't need much - I hope to be in the sea most of the time. One of my classmates told me it is Carnival time there - wow. I will take loads of photographs - I am sure there will be tons of artistic inspiration there fuelled with the most wonderful Mount Gay rum cocktails!!
I am going to take my Laptop so that I can keep in touch and send home pictures to make everyone jealous.

Friday, 5 January 2007

Holidays

Another cold, grey January day in England sees my mind wandering off to somewhere warm. My flight has now been booked and I am off to Barbados on 17th January for 2 weeks. I went shopping for a new swimming costume on Wednesday last and came home with a new pair of boots - which were a bargain but in the end didn't fit me so my daughter has had an early Birthday present!!. The swimming costume is proving elusive as there is not much choice in the way of shops here and I can't bear the thought of driving off on a shopping trip to somewhere busy. Perhaps I'll buy one when I get there.
The next two weeks will see me in a manic frenzy getting ready to go away and making sure I leave everything tidy here and that there is enough food for my three cats. I am also working the day after I get back and this involves sorting out my stock, washing, ironing and then packing everything ready to take to London. The other thing of course is that there is a Costume auction here the day before I go!! I can't resist going to have a look - this will be fatal of course - there is bound to be something there that I can't possibly live without!!

Tuesday, 2 January 2007

The sea, the sea.

These are photographs I took this afternoon at 3.30 p.m at Portland Bill. It was cold and windy and my camera and myself got covered in sea spray but it was worth every minute. I came home totally exhilerated with the ear ache!! Three teenagers climbed Pulpit Rock and I reflected on the foolhardiness of the young but then remembered I had done the same thing several times in my youth!! I have plenty of ammunition for my Sketchbook project now so back to work!!

Awesome sea.





Gathering my thoughts

My new Sketchbook assignment is still uppermost in my mind together with collating all the art work I have done so far for my Sample Portfolio. I swore I wouldn't let myself get behind when I started this new course but it has happened. I think I can get straight before I take off for my holiday. The Autumn Term is always the busiest for me workwise and this takes me away from my course work. I have had four trips to France as well as one London and one Bristol. I need no excuse to go to France! I have several friends that live there now and we combine work with pleasure on our trips.

Today I have to get to Town for necessities like a new Cat Flap and Tumble Dryer! It will be difficult dragging myself away from the log fire but it is too cold to leave the hole in the door open to the elements and I am sick and tired of washing hanging on the radiators. It is cold and windy here on the coast but the exercise will do me good!! Blowy, windy days like today always make me think of people out on the sea. The sea is a wonderful thing but she is a jealous thing and takes when she wants. Beautiful but deadly. I was born by the sea and have lived by the sea all my life and can't imagine being too far away from it. As a child I spent most of my time in it. Boats and I don't get on very well and when I go to France I have to make sure I take my Sea sickness pills but staring out across the wide blue yonder is an awesome thing. So spare a thought for 'those in peril' the next time it is blowing a gale and you might be eating Fish and Chips.

Monday, 1 January 2007

New Year - no resolutions!

On this New Year's Day I have a mixture of feelings. I have made no resolutions as they won't be kept like all the diet plans I start. I am very much a person of spontaneous actions and really dont like rules and regulations. There is enough red tape out there to cope with every day living without me imposing more on myself. This may seem self indulgent to others but I am very hard on myself and push myself to the limit in everything I do.



I have become totally immersed in my latest City and Guilds course and spend many happy hours mixing paint and getting up to my elbows in pva glue. I am addicted to the art of creating. I am by no means an expert but I am completely relaxed and happy when I am messing about with paint and stuff. It is a means of escape for me. I lose myself completely.



I am off on holiday in a couple of weeks to Barbados. I shall be taking my paints and sketchbook with me. Hopefully I shall summon up enough energy to produce something - but I am not pressurising myself to do anything. This is the first proper holiday I will have had for about 10 years so I may sleep for a fortnight!! One thing is for sure I shall do my utmost to come home with a great tan!!
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