Wednesday, 30 July 2014
I think it is a place called Emsbury Cove - I got the reference photo from Midge at Soggibottom blog and I am sure she will correct me if I have the name wrong!* I like the sense of looking down into the water and the light on the ripples. It's a simple painting but it has broken my 'block' and hopefully I can paint more during the summer holidays...if the noise does not drive me over the edge!
The knitted aeroplane is going surprisingly well - I had to do the shaping while it was on the needles so complete guesswork. When I sewed it over the foam base structure last night, it fit almost perfectly - wow! Either the knitting gods are smiling down on me or I am quite good at my job these days!
*Elberry Cove - see, I knew Midge would put me straight!
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
That is if I can resist the pull of this...
On the needles next - an aeroplane.....
Saturday, 26 July 2014
In the meantime, the garden has had some rather pretty visitors since I planted buddleia, although the poor bush now needs staking upright after a very squally thunderstorm yesterday. It's been a funny old summer so far, weatherwise.
Monday, 21 July 2014
We've had what the press have been referring to as a heatwave here in the UK the past few days - yes, it's been quite hot, but I am sure those of you living in sunnier climes would laugh at us calling 32C hot. It was rather muggy, especially after a few spectacular thunderstorms and torrential rain, but that didn't stop me getting on with things.
I finally got over a bad case of artist's block and have started this little watercolour. It's the view down through trees to the water below, using a photo sent to me by Midge from Soggibottom blog in Devon. I'm not sure how it will turn out or if it will be worth it, but I am very happy to be using a brush again.
On the other hand, my daughter has been painting like a maniac the past week - we've gone back to using the 'Paint Your Own Masterpiece' book and she has churned out another version of this Cezanne. All I do for her is make a light sketch of the main objects, the rest she does by herself. (For those of you who are new here and are thinking 'so what?', my daughter has Down's Syndrome, so this is really quite an achievement!) I think this one might deserve framing!
Despite the heat, we have managed some lovely leisurely walks with the dog in the fields behind our house.
They are sown with a crop of beans this year but in amongst them are millions of daisies.
Monday, 14 July 2014
While checking out the new Derwent website, I found the page with two of my illustrated tins on it - yay! It never ceases to give me a little frisson of excitement to see my work out there!
Monday, 7 July 2014
I had a bit of a rush job yesterday - a beetle to be made inthe space of 36 hours. Yikes! After looking up the only pattern I had, I rejected that as being pretty rubbish and got out the big book of Insects that I inherited from my mother to use as reference. So this is based on a cockchafer of some sort - I can't replicate the irridescence unfortunately!
Sunday, 6 July 2014
Next on the needles - champagne!