Friday, May 29, 2015

Musical (?) diversion

I decided that the tuba had to be the next instrument to add to my musical series - to draw rather than play.  I'm not completely happy yet, but it served its purpose in helping me to concentrate while listening to an online information-laden lecture.  The joys of technology!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Early morning sunshine

I have learned by living here that the aspect of a house and its views is critical to enjoying ones surroundings.  One of the joys I derive is the way the sunlight falls in the morning and evening.  The biggest windows face northish, and so we catch the early morning sun from the right, enhancing the lighter elements of greenery, while also, from the opposite direction in the evening we are treated to the warmer glows on the plants.
This morning as I came in to work in the sewing room I was delighted once more by its peninsular aspect.  I have windows on three sides, with a glass door in the fourth wall.  I am extremely fortunate, and had a sudden impulse to take some snaps to share.  The technical quality is distinctly absent, but it is the spirit I wanted to convey.
Although I describe it as the sewing room, it is also where I do all my computer work, and indeed everything that I do not want to get messy - that takes place in the print kitchen.  The snap immediately above shows my view out while working at the computer, and in the foreground can be seen the bookmarks I'm preparing for the Bookmarks XIII Project.  (For those wanting to know what the book under the latest SDA magazine is - it's Printmaking off the beaten track by Richard Noyce.  It and the mag are there for when I need a 'now for something completely different' moment possibly also leading to some internet research.

Now to get down to some work!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Snapshots of colour in the garden

Yesterday morning I quickly took a few snaps of colour in the garden.  I try to do this regularly to top up my digital colour palette.  This year is proving to be a bumper one so far.
Pulmonarias still flowering
as are the Euphorbias
Bluebells beginning to go over as the earliest geraniums appear, with the tolerated white nettle.
Fresh Berberis leaves, with one of our too many Aquilegias poking through
More fresh leaves on the Spirea...
two Spireas and another Berberis - red this time, and the growing Acanthus leaves in the top left background.
Yet another Berberis with its delightful yellow blossom
Bergania in dramatic pink bloom
Two kinds of Ajuja: dark
and paler.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Immediately inspired

The better the art, the more it sets me off wanting to work - not to copy, but simply to work, to put in the effort.  This was certainly true of my trip to see Wanderlust.  (Above is a pic I took of the back of a small piece - a delight in itself.)
Jilly Edwards' work inspired me not only because of its general qualities, but also the particular use of colour - and specifically yellows and greys.  This is a combination which evokes different emotions.  This Spring's greens have been strikingly yellow because of a lack of rain.  That has been joyous.  But sometimes yellow can evoke a contemplative, and even a negative response.
I stopped at the cafĂ© at Walford Mill for a coffee before I returned to the exhibition.  The day was so sunny, and warm in the sheltered courtyard, that I decided to drink outside at one of the picnic tables.  The wooden slats of the table top intrigued me: they appeared to have scars.  Scars as if flesh cut and then stitched.  I took photos.
My head was full of all of what I had seen as I worked, and with other thoughts swimming about in my mind resulted in a clear impetus to produce something which I think calls itself Scarred.