Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Neon Legged Owl...

I've just this minute finished stitching this little picture.
I've been obsessed with some pieces of vintage quilt that I bought from the fabulous Hope And Elvis a while back.
As I've peeled the layers apart, the colours and textures of the fabrics are so beautiful.
Hope you like this cheeky owl with his rather jazzy legs!

Monday, 27 April 2015

From Inspiration...

On Saturday I was lucky enough to teach a workshop at the lovely Ropewalk in Barton.
'From Inspiration To Abstraction' was a day for exploring and collecting ideas for future work.
After chatting about my abstract sketchbooks we gathered up our chattels and ventured outside.
We sketched in the beautiful Sculpture Garden (whilst eating sweets, for artistic energy you understand!)
I was so impressed with the experimental boldness of everyone, even as I was being rather bossy and telling everyone to 'paint over their favourite bits' and 'to fill the entire sketchbook'!
(My apologies, I blame the amount of sugar I had consumed!)
And then it rained...

Look at the fabulous concertina sketchbooks that were created, all in less than an hour!
This what the art room looked like just before the afternoon session, very creative!
After a delicious dinner we started on the canvases.
Music was played.
A few more sweeties were consumed.
Paint was smeared and scraped and splattered and printed and s'graffito-ed (I love that word!)
I was so impressed with everyone's energy and drive.
It was a real privilege to see everyone's individuality emerge on the canvases.
It was fascinating to see the layers of paint build up during the afternoon...
And this is where I have to apologise profusely.
I was enjoying myself so much and the time whooshed by so quickly I didn't bloomin' photograph the finished results!
I am so cross with myself because the paintings were stunning and I couldn't believe the amount of work produced in one day.
But if any of the class are reading this I would like to congratulate you all.
You are all an inspiration and I can't wait to grab my brushes tomorrow and get cracking!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Sail Away...

A hare set sail one fine morning.
He'd been told that hares do not do such things.
'If hares do not do such things, how do they know if it can be done?'
he pondered to himself as he sailed the Seven Seas.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Northern Lights...

In the Easter holidays we had a break in Whitby and we visited one of my fave places, Saltburn- On- Sea.
Northern Lights Interiors is a quirky and beautifully curated shop.
Fancy a mooch?
I loved this post- apocalyptic Julie Andrews print!
Told you it was stuffed full of treasures!
I was seriously tempted...
I absolutely loved the changing room ceiling!
But I was a tad wary of the clown!
Chihuahuas were warmly welcomed!
Photo bomb!