Monday, 22 November 2021

Monday, 22nd November 2021 - A Tonal View

I have been trying to get to grips with getting photos onto my website. I have now got the method. I find it a tedious task. I interspersed computer work with trips to my studio.

This evening I was in my art class. Our tutor is pushing us into new territory. Tonight was preparatory work for a project.

A Tonal View
Quink Ink

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Sunday, 21st November 2021 - Driving Home

Grandma-by-the-Seaside, nearly over the cliff, was in good spirits on a visit this afternoon whilst pondering over our latest family photos.

Rye Harbour was stuffed with couples, runners, parents, children, bikes and dogs. The meagre amount of daylight and sunshine seemed to have enticed the south east of England out for the afternoon. We didn't linger long.

A Pop-up Exhibition by Jason Michael proved to be an absolute glory. We now have a beautiful piece of art by Ronald Helen on our wall.

Driving Home
Indian Ink and Watercolour

Saturday, 20 November 2021

Saturday, 20th November 2021 - Tim's Violas

I take pleasure in the dark evenings at this time of year. And there is less gardening to do while everything gets ready to rest for the winter. It makes the daylight seem more special when there is so little of it. 

An afternoon tending a massive bonfire in our woods was a great way to purge my exhibition angst. 

Tim's Violas
Pen and Watercolour

Monday, 8 November 2021

Monday, 8th November 2021 - WOKAS Preview

I finished four collagraphs, four paintings and a stack of greetings cards with the support of a very tolerant husband for the Weald of Kent Art Society autumn exhibition. It is in St Mildred's Church, Tenterden. Open all this week 10-5pm and the last day Saturday 13th November 10-4pm. Free entry and a chance to buy a lovely piece of art.

There was a great turnout for the Preview last night. Thank you to all those who came and to those who didn't I am stewarding Friday afternoon. It would be lovely to see you.

I am in the photo behind the bar!!!

WOKAS Preview Night

Monday, 1 November 2021

Monday, 1st November 2021 - Composition, Chiaroscuro and Colour

Yoga with Adriene got me limbered up for an afternoon working on collagraphs in my studio. 

Blimey it is dark early. 

This evening it was back to art class. I hadn't done my homework. Partly because I thought I would fail. I should have done two portraits, one low key and one low key. Sounds difficult doesn't it?

Composition, Chiaroscuro and Colour

Sunday, 31 October 2021

Saturday, 30th October 2021 - I Made A Basket

Today I was on the road by 8.30am heading to a course to teach me a new skill. 

Eight virgin basket makers arrived at Linda's home. Marianne van Niekerken patiently took us through the basics which got more complicated by the hour. We were given ready made bottoms (mine was a lovely big one) then started slyping and inserting stakes, following weaving the upset to make sure our stakes were in the correct position we chose a weave to make up the sides then there was a bit of wailing before the border. There was a lot of faces contorted in concentration. Quite a lot of foul language as we undid our mistakes. We all came away with the most beautiful crafted pieces of basketware. Some were going to be hung as lights, some filled with bread or fruit, mine is sitting on my kitchen table where I can admire the workmanship and tend to my sore fingers. Thank you Linda for organising the day and keeping us fed with coffee, cake, lunch, cake and tea.

I Made A Basket

Friday, 29 October 2021

Friday, 29th October 2021 - Honey Bee

I am very thrilled that my print room is now up and running. Tim has been patient and encouraging with decorating and furniture moving. In between cutting my finger making collagraph plates I have been experimenting with drypoint. 

Honey Bee