Monday, 24 November 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
Friday, 14 November 2008
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
I have 6 moleskines with me at the moment! and feel quite happy :-)
Friday, 17 October 2008
I am too fast with these books I know. This arrived yesterday and is meant to be with me for a month!!! I really would enjoy a swap with someone who would have a faster turnover....perhaps a group in the UK who are as compulsive about art as me...
this moly is themed " my favourite animal" I happen to be very fond of crows, and ravens, and jackdaws.....I think they all come under the name 'Corvus' but I'm not sure, anyway I enjoyed doing this and am now waiting for another book to land on my doormat.
Thursday, 9 October 2008
I have been mulling ideas around trying to get a grip on something to spur my creativity, so I tried photoshop.
I am very very new to photoshop... I am amazed how long fiddling with this took....I think other than playing with it for a while i will stick to my paints :-)
Monday, 6 October 2008
Friday, 3 October 2008
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Monday, 29 September 2008
This one was such a trial to me... theme 'invent a pattern'. I am amazed that I came up with anything at all, I find pattern so difficult, and now I look at it I'm not sure it is what was asked for. I get quite fearful of spoiling someone elses book.I am not going to post this on just yet, there will be a bit of a log jam if I do, and as there are so many people in this group it wouldn't do to rush things along too much. As it stands it will take a year for this book to go on its travels. A year! How can I stand it! these exchanges are a real challenge to my impatient nature as well as my art....enjoying it such a lot tho :-)
Saturday, 20 September 2008
the theme on this one is ' reincarnation'.
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Monday, 4 August 2008
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Monday, 21 July 2008
I am not sure if this is going to be my next moleskine for the moly x international, it may be too similar to the previous one.
The whole idea of starting something for other people to carry on with is new to me, my first collaboration. loss of control over what happens to my art next, a new sensation . I like the idea and I am excited by working in other peoples books too.......
Friday, 11 July 2008
I have joined the international moleskine exchange on flickr. I have seen such beautiful work I am daunted by the talent. I had so many ideas, ranging from greek myth to automatons to aging to colours......but I have settled on TIME. I am hoping this will be flexible enough to encompass everyones styles and let their imaginations have some space to move. I am really quite excited by the idea of this collaboration and impatient to start. so I have. here is my book.
Friday, 4 July 2008
Saturday, 28 June 2008
I know I could use photoshop, or some technical gadgetry for the capture of the texture, the proper colour of aged paper, even the surface shine but what I want to achieve is some way of retaining the spirit of the hand.
I am putting this woman through yet another filter, mine. She didnt look like my drawing, but then she never really looked like she did in the photograph either. Photos change the subject, they are put through many 'filters' ....the photographers eye, the processing and whoever chose the contrast, and in the end, time.
And now a photograph of a drawing of a photograph put onto a computer.....fascinating don't you think
Thursday, 26 June 2008
I have just spent a hot sunny and fattening time in France. The first 4 days in Paris ( wonderful ) and the second 4 days in the south of France ( hot and wonderful ). We went over for a wedding at a chateau, gloriously romantic and so great to meet old friends. We dint bring much back with us, no food or wine ( we ate it all ) but we did buy toys......
Monday, 9 June 2008
Out for a sunday drive we saw these for sale by the side of the road. The man who made them makes each one different and really goes to town on the details. We bought these three because they are the wackiest...and a real bargain I think at only £5 each. They make me smile when I walk past them, and I hope that some little bird will move in soon :-)
Friday, 6 June 2008
Thursday, 5 June 2008
My husband has just given me this necklace....wonderful textile beads, I love it, so hippy :-)
But (and this may seem stupid) I worry about the beads......who made them, how many man/woman hours went into making each bead and did they get paid a fair wage?
I love it and will enjoy wearing it, but I will think about who made it
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
We went to the Musaion in Kinsky Park, a wonderful little museum full of beautifully presented folk costume and folk art, it was all laid out in seasons, spring/birth/ marriage/summer harvest etc....and lots of wonderful toys and sculpture.
The winter section was my favourite, this display really made me gasp, it frightened and fascinated me....so beautiful and so scary
"the first sunday in December opens the Advent, the time focused more upon the spiritual values of life, preparation for Christmas and the birth of Christ. This period of preparations is accompanied by figures with masks related to the way of thinking of pre-christian times. They appear in several groups of customs as witnesses of human conscience with punishments for committed crimes and rewards for promises into the future - Barbara, Lucia, Nicholas, and with them the devils, angels, various demons and animal masks. The time of Christmas continues to belong up to now to the peak periods of the year. The folk tradition has retained many values both in the spiritual and the creative spheres. Folk nativity scenes represent a connecting link between both these spheres"
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
When my first son was born I used a fabulous way of capturing his baby years....polaroid film. It was instant, and captured those magical moments of babyhood, then the pictures faded, his little features were bleached out and I lost my memories . However i felt about losing these precious memories I still see them in my minds eye when i look at the faded photographs, memories are polaroid coloured. When I heard that Polaroid are no longer making the film I panicked, i got out my old camera and bought some discontinued 'unsaleable' film. I have bought possibly the last of the old stock and find that every photo I take has got to be precious.........I can't make precious photos, I may lose them again, so I have been 'snapping', and find that each of the pictures taken have a glow of memory already imbued by the polaroid process.....I am so sad that the film will not be made anymore
Monday, 12 May 2008
I have been on a short break to Prague. I really enjoyed it and think that I will have to return to have a look the things I know I didn't get time to see. The two most exciting places for me were the toy museum and the folk museum, I would have bought books from both places but they were all in czech ....
these are some of the faces from both museums, I have got many more photos and may put them up here, but most of them will be on my flickr pages.
Thursday, 3 April 2008
I have just discovered that there are still mail art fiends out there in the world, I shall give it another go. Previous experience has shown me that I should expect nothing back, no sign that the post has been received, or even the swaps that are promised but thats OK, I quite like that a postman has taken a fancy to it, or that it is stuck down the back of a cupboard, or even heaven forbid thrown into a bush by a lazy posty...:-)
This call amused me as it was specifically about thumbs. I had done a small painting of thumbs last summer so I have copied it onto a postcard and sent it off....if anyone else reads this and would like to give it a go.... the deadline is June 30,2008 and the address is
c/o J. Desmond
PO Box 2287
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
PS.... put name and address on it too, and email/website..
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
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