Thursday, 28 August 2014
The school summer holidays are drawing to a close - I don't feel that I have had the chance to relax at all, what with the crashing and banging that has gone on in the plot next to our house. In fact I feel more stressed now than I did six weeks ago! However, we are planning a short break very soon and hopefully a few days on a beach at one of the remotest parts of the country will re-charge my very run-down batteries.
And that is August nearly over - I can't believe how fast this year has passed by. I hope you enjoy the last few days of summer!
Monday, 25 August 2014
Friday, 22 August 2014
With the removal of noise pollution, it was amazing to feel normal again and ready to get on with some work rather than wanting to curl up in the foetal position and cry for ten hours. I'm building a television, to be covered in fabric and wool. After searching the whole of town for some polystyrene sheeting, I eventually got given an offcut at a builders' yard by a nice young lad called Luke - thank you Luke, you saved my bacon! Now the structure is done, I can get on with covering it. Hopefully today the dog won't find a pile of rubbish in his dinner bowl...
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
It's not one of my better paintings due to extenuating circumstances - hard to concentrate when the house is shaking and even Aerosmith can't drown out the noise - but it's not bad. Kept me happy for a while at least!
Not sure what to paint next - got a hankering for a flamingo.....
Monday, 18 August 2014
Sunday, 17 August 2014
I have cropped an inch or so off the bottom - it was unnecessary so it had to go. I think the painting will be finished very soon - I need to complete the bottom section with the plants and then go over the whole thing 'trouble-shooting'.
I'm hoping that when we go on our little trip to Alderney, I will be able to make a few such paintings 'plein air' although they will have to be watercolours as I am not carting a ton of acrylics on holiday with me!
On the needles - socks for my daughter, a sleeveless sweater for me and some unsuccessful design attempts at a monster....
If you have a spare minute or two, check out the progress of the Amur leopard cubs at the zoo in Estonia.
They are big enough to be outside now and always make me laugh with their antics, like giant playful kittens - which is what they are I guess!
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Usually I use the school holidays to catch up on some painting, but it's very hard when your concentration is shot to pieces and your nerves are stretched to breaking point! However, I am manfully carrying on with this acrylic - if I put on my headphones and turn the music up, I can almost drive out the presence of the Doozers. Plus the subject matter reminds me that I will get a few days respite soon!
I'd like to camp out in the offices of the people who say we are not entitled to any compensation for having two summer ruined by building works and play the drums while running a vacuum cleaner, a blender and a hairdryer for 10 hours solid, five days a week and see how long they last before getting annoyed...if only!
I promise I'll try and shut up about it from now on - it's boring and depressing, but hopefully goes some way to explain the lacklustre blog posts lately!
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
On the needles....not a whole lot!
Friday, 8 August 2014
This acrylic is based on a photo of a lighthouse in Oregon - nowhere I have been unfortunately! It did beg to be painted though - the idea of being by the sea in the sunshine is very compelling at the moment. So much so that we have booked a few days in Alderney at the tail end of summer. I cannot wait - just to sit on a beach with my paints, to beachcomb, to eat fresh fish and chips and not be woken up by diggers and drills....
Currently on the needles - the alphabet!