Wednesday, June 30, 2010
If you read my earlier post today you will know that officially I am not blogging about my new house prospects. So I will pretend that this post is simply about showing you Art as Inspiration and nothing whatsoever in any shape and form about commissioning a pice of art to go on the outside wall of my studio- to be.
And maybe another for the bathroom.
Julie Langan has a studio at Cedar Farm where we spend out Sunday mornings and her glass art is displayed around the complex both inside and outside. It is distinctly translateable to fabric which is maybe why I love it but then glass can go go in places where cotton would be destroyed.
You can see more of her art here.
Monday, June 07, 2010
On Friday I went to visit Working Mum on the Verge and her delightful daughter. (You know the kind - the daughter that can hold a sensible and interesting conversation, does not whinge and whine and can sit and eat a full meal at table. The only kind of child I like!) Working Mum and I have been friends since were eight. her family moved around the corner from mine, she came to my primary school and the teacher said we had to be friends. And so we were. I have photos of her as Aladdin in the school play and memories of her taking breaks from exam revision to paint her nails with polka dots. We were even at the same University but lost touch after that as she moved to Manchester to begin her married life.
"So why do you like horses so much?"
"Becuase God just made me to like horses."
Then on arrival home Diane and I discovered the joys of Skype video calling and was able to oggle each others stash transatlantically for free. Better, I was sharing my plans to buy some Crazy Daisy china and Diane, in searching for a picture of the design as we talked, found me a store in the Uk selling it at cheaper prices than any I had seen. You gotta love the internet!
PS: To Lurking Roommate: Did I drive you very mad that first year?
Friday, June 04, 2010
I have just signed up for the Sketchbook project .
I keep promising myself I shall do more sketchbook work, partly for fun partly for design training but somehow, apart from the cuttings and line diagrams I do regularly in a quilting journal I never get around to it. I am not confident with art skills and am always ambushed by the feeling that spending precious time on a book that no-one sees is a waste of time. That even though I know it not to be so. But you know - head and hearts do not always play nicely together.
But this project does not require any great talent but ensures that someone somewhere will probably look at my book.( Indeed I shall be blogging it so in due course I shall be pathetically begging you all to look at it!)
Just the push I needed.
I intended to choose the theme lines and grids as that seemed safe and doable.
But I seem to have accidentally ticked the box asking for a theme to be chosen randomly for me and I got 'The view from here'.
Hmmm... not bad - some ideas already based on the excited scribbles I made on scrap paper of the landscapes when flying into Queenstown, New Zealand whilst cursing myself for leaving the camera in the overhead locker. (Too late now: seatbelt signs on and look at those fablulous lines and fissures.......!)
And I did want to do some sketchbook work based on the local museum which I see from my room here in Blackburn.
And the theme is only a starting point anyway......
Now, I have to wait for my book to come from the US.
Do you think this occasion justifies the buying of a box of oil pastels I don't really know how to use yet?