Thursday, 31 December 2009

A dreary old end . . .

I can't stand these last few days of the year, the decorations start to look a bit droopy, the weather is grim, grey and cold and I really just want to get on with the New Year. So tomorrow the decorations come down and the tree goes back out in the yard. There's so much to look forward to this year and so much to look back on from this last 12 months. I'm working at getting my two Etsy shops going, I have my lovely new printer which makes the most beautiful prints and we're going to upgrade the computer. A new graphics card, a bigger hard drive, more memory, this thing's going to go like the clappers! And a new monitor. Mike is still thinking about the best way to do this and what bits to get and I'm hopping up and down in the background going "Can we get it now? Have you decided yet? When can we get it? When?"

But I'm also being diligent and sorting out what prints I'm going to sell. Hate making such choices but I'm trying to whittle it down from 30 to about 10 or 12. Some of the digital stuff I've done during the last year doesn't look that strong once it's printed out and I've got to be ruthless. But these two pass the test . . . part of the series on interior objects.

So, onwards and upwards . . . . I hope the coming year is a splendid one all round for all of you who have followed my progress so far and a big thanks for all your encouragements . . . Happy New Year.

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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

A moment of peace . . .

In all the rushing around, take a moment to sit and listen to this . . your spirits will be soothed.
Have a very Happy Christmas and may the New Year bring you all that you wish for . . .

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Party Girls !

I found this old card when I was going through my big box of pictures the other day - perhaps they could use it as a poster for the Drink Awareness campaign!!!

Friday, 11 December 2009

Iris and Bowl

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Sunshine,lovely sunshine

The weather has been appalling even by english standards. But yesterday I woke and the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the seagulls were wheeling overhead. I grabbed my camera and headed down to the harbour. All the way down to the breakwater was a bit of a stretch for me and my joints were complaining big time by the time I got back, but I'd been out for about an hour and had sooo much fresh air. I slept like a log last night - a good 10 hours.

It really does look like this . . . .

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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Just keep working this Leaf thing

I wasn't happy with the way the brown leaf abstracts looked when I printed them out. The very thin lines that look like stitching look very digital when printed up at A4 size. Hhmm . . . what to do next? Well, Karin left a comment that said maybe they could be preliminary studies for something that would later be handmade. O.k I thought, lets actually stitch into them. So, off I went to the local Library and photocopied the pieces I'd printed out. I'm a great fan of photocopying . . . ironically they will probably last longer than anything digital printed out. . . the toner is more like burnt into the paper. And the great thing is of course that they can be coloured and cut and glued and stitched. After a brief play I had something that looked like this. . .

This is the only one I've hand stitched but it's enough for me to see that this will work.

These have a rough watercolour paper as a base and I've used a rough indian paper that I painted ages ago. I love indian papers but always paint them because you just have to look at them the wrong way and they fade or worse, leak colour.

I cut the leaf out of the middle of this photocopy but then picked up what was left and thought 'oh yes, I like this'. This is what works so well for me and abstract work, the sheer randomness of it. Just let your hands do the cutting and your eye do the rest. The trick is, I think, simplicity. But just the right amount of simplicity and knowing when to stop.
These are only rough and I want to let the whole idea settle before starting to put together final versions. Thank you to everyone who has commented on these. . . I was ready to give up on the idea after the brown ones but your comments have spurred me on.
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