Tuesday, 18 May 2010
The hens are here....we have an old coop that we are going to demolish and a new roost/ laying box ready, we are just waiting for the wired enclosure before the girls can move in.......for the moment we are giving them freedom to walk around the garden for a little bit at a time, and then they are locked into their old coop. Previous experience has taught us that the garden will soon be full of dusty trenches and bereft of any plant life, so they are going to have a static coop with freedom only under supervision, usually in the afternoons.
I thought that the dogs would tolerate the hens, they seemed to get on fine until Gert came over and pecked Beezer ( the brown dog ) right between the eyes!!!! feathers an squawking and a running tackle from me separated them........the wire enclosure cannot get here fast enough for me! Now the two little darlings are sitting by the old coop just waiting for a hen to show its head........butter wouldn't melt would it, look at their expressions, they don't want to kill them, they just want to taste one......
Saturday, 8 May 2010
Friday, 7 May 2010
I think these 6 domes are finished to my satisfaction, one of my other domes has had to be changed because the doll was so fragile she split at her seams where I had arranged her.....a little surgery or another doll will be needed.......soon I will make sense of all of this.....lots of ideas but not going to explain yet, as once i let ideas out of my head they seem to fly away...........
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
The cast for my fairytale theatre has grown and grown.....I really must get on with the next stage....or I can see that I will be just collecting stuff for the sake of it. I am getting rather fond of the strange narratives that these objects are showing me as I haphazardly pop them on the shelf....... I may look out for some key elements....keys eggs, castles heart etc, but I think I have enough 'characters' now
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
my new batch of objects are reacting badly to the paint !!! what to do!? i carefully washed and primed and allowed to dry between coats and this crackle appeared .....I will have to find a way of stripping back and spraying again !!! bloomin heck :-(
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Ok I have given in and spent 'real' money on this staircase. I bought it for the largest dome I have, but it is just a squeek too large, so now I will have to find a way to make it free standing......I love it! and when it is painted white it will look amazing, but it was pricey and now i must stop, and stick by my charity shop / carboot rule........ It is lovely tho' don't you think :-)
I may be getting a little silly now...... I have found some decoy crows...very cheap, and then when i was buying paint yesterday there was a bunch of keys in the garden section of the store......so I have put them together.....where on earth is this all going? I really don't know yet, but it is all towards an exhibition I hope....paintings / drawings next :-)
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
I am happy with these little domes, they will stay like this for a little while. The joy of the dome is that you can change the items regularly, unlike framing a picture, plus I love how a dome gives great importance to the object placed inside it......
Monday, 26 April 2010
The Fairytale narrative is working quite well in these toys/ ornaments......some I am putting under glass domes, others are free to roam :-)
I am getting frustrated that I cant find the exact objects I am looking for, i have plans and scenes in my head but I have to wait until the objects can be found. I am setting myself the task that they should all be bought at car boot sales and charity shops.........finding them and giving them a new life is a source of great enjoyment for me :-)
Sunday, 25 April 2010
my collection is growing.....my camera has run out of batteries now so I can't get on with taking any more pics until tomorrow, but so far so good.....I have had fun with this lot and have even had to empty out my bookcase to house them. I have so many ideas running through my head I can't seem to settle on just one. I have a small exhibition to put up this week and when that is done I may be able to settle down to working on my new ideas.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Saturday, 17 April 2010
I have been spraying some more pieces... i like the white, you add colour in your mind :-) I added
a nest to the dove, its harder than you think , making a nest out of twigs.......then i added glitter because as my eyesight fails I like shiny even more :-)
Monday, 12 April 2010
getting mismatched objects spraying / painting them an all over colour makes them more compatible....this weekends flea market finds are not what I would like in my home usually, but i am in a frivilous mood at the moment and wanted a cheap, quick fix.....now they are all white I can put them together...what do you think? nice? Have a look here on flickr to see what I did with them :-)
Sunday, 4 April 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
I am now going to work on some small canvases for a restaurant I exhibit in, impulse buys for happy diners......well don't shoot me, it pays for materials :-)
Monday, 8 March 2010
Saturday, 6 March 2010
Monday, 1 March 2010
I may put a little outline of the plot on here in a little while, but at the moment I am a little embarrassed to do it :-)
I have been asked about my process and materials..... first of all I go through my book drawing on the pages with felt pen , making my background patterns, I scribble over them a little with water-colour pencils as felt tip is a little harsh sometimes. Then I have made a lot of ink stained papers, random stains so that sometimes they can inspire what goes on the page and I cut out the oval shape I have found fits on the page nicely. The images themselves are really whatever pops into my head, I had started a fairy-tale theme to my images, but they have taken on a life of their own now and I have no idea what the tale is :-) I draw on the inky paper with ordinary felt tip pens, posca pens for the opaque colour and for the black I use a fine liner pen........ I hope all that is what was asked??
Oh, my 'gems' ( I am going a bit over the top with these but I am enjoying them so much :-) ) I use the off-cuts left from making the ovals and then use double sided tape to add them to the drawings :-))
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
All I do know is that if ever I try this again I will have to write out some sort of story, or use a story board......I am having fun though ;-)
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
and now I have made my mother a Birthday card using the image.....with added bling, I am quite pleased with it :-)
Monday, 22 February 2010
Friday, 12 February 2010
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
another horse....work in progress, 3' x 4' canvas again.....I am looking for a wow piece, something that will catch the eye in my exhibition in May, its being held in a quite dark museum space and I want something to get people over to have a look at the rest of my work. I am having some difficulties with the theme, because , oh dear I feel like I want to move away from horses....they aren't inspiring me as much as they used to but the exhibition is called man,horse and myth, so at least for this batch of work I am going to have to carry on with them.......this one is a sun horse...
update...I have completey ruined this, its now destroyed aaarrrggghhhhh !!!
Friday, 5 February 2010
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Friday, 22 January 2010
This amused me, and dismayed me, I have been guilty of being affected by all of these points......am I / have I been shooting myself in the foot all my life! So new years resolution, try and make art for myself, not for the perceived audience / critic....just do it, and get it out there. After all I am getting on, I feel that time and fashion are not on my side, I really need to get going.....2010 could be a better year, couldn't it? :-)
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