30 Dec 2008
Liquid acrylic paint.
It's such a beautiful day outside - deep frost and bright blue sky - so I'm going to take Misty (Irish Wolfhound) out for another walk. Don't think I'll try any plein air drawing though - fingers would be frozen stiff within seconds!
18 Dec 2008
17 Dec 2008
16 Dec 2008
But above all those is coffee made with my bean-to-cup machine. I've listed some of the coffees I love and am always open to suggestions for others (as long as they're good, strong coffee).
And this is my favourite jam. What could be better than a warm croissant spread with apricot jam with a great cup of coffee? Complete heaven!
10 Dec 2008
Red's my favourite colour!
I really did have a sore eye when I painted this and since I wear contact lenses and had one out I was getting some very funny mixes of perspective. It's OK again today though so I won't have any more excuses!
F-C PITT artists pen again with watercolour.
8 Dec 2008
Now I'm going to start a proper journal so everything I do is in one place. Torn between wire-bound or stitched. Aarghh - so many choices to make!
4 Dec 2008
Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen and NO ERASER!
Please don't read anything into the fact that I have Omega 3 supplements on my windowsill!!
I've just noticed that my keyboard, which has a sort of soft-feel black finish, has a fine sprinkling of gold dust over it. Seems to be everywhere - must have been left over from my dingbats project. Very Christmassy!
27 Nov 2008
Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone in the US. I really hope you serve bread sauce with your turkey over there, or is it just a British thing? Turkey ain't turkey without bread sauce!
31 Oct 2008
I have one more sample to do and that finishes the first module of my City & Guilds course.
I'm also working on my Studio Journals course and will post something from that as soon as I manage to make a page that isn't a total mess! It would be nice to blog the process of creating something from studio journal to finished piece. But that's for another day...
27 Oct 2008
20 Oct 2008
I love this cushion and it lives on my chair in my study where I can always see it. One day I may do another one using stranded cotton and even brighter colours!
15 Oct 2008
I had much more fun doing the Fern and Thorn stitches though - I think it's because they're grouped together rather than stuck on their own looking self-conscious!
That's it now for the stitch samplers in this module. Next up is painting fabric - something I've never done before and am really looking forward to.
Also, on 23 October I start Sharon's Studio Journals course with Joggles which is going to be great fun.
9 Oct 2008
I wanted to add the couching bit at the bottom because it's the first time I've done anything like this. From a distance it looks a bit like a hairy caterpillar!
I also had a couple of new threads which I used - one is a No.8 Coton Perlé and the other is a lovely fine wool - much more even than the Appleton's crewel wool. I think it may be an Aubusson wool but I can't remember where or when I bought it.
2 Oct 2008
I found the apple difficult because I was using six strands of cotton and some of the strands pulled out, making it a bit messy.
I really enjoyed the freestyle with two textures of thread and can think of loads of uses for this. I also enjoyed trying to translate a scribble onto fabric at bottom left and tried to curve a couple of stitches which worked quite well.
Cretan stitch next!
26 Sep 2008
18 Jul 2008
Or is he?
The fool is standing on the edge; ready to leap into the unknown. An adventurer; open minded. Rash, spontaneous. Crazy brave with his imagination fired up, ready to take a leap of faith. He carries little baggage but a huge question mark.
Faith or folly?
5 Jun 2008
I have friends, or should I say acquaintances, who twitter. The whole time I'm with them they keep up a constant buzz of twitter. It's all rubbish and absolutely not worth listening to so I tune it out.
So why on earth would anyone want to exchange quick, frequent messages about what they're doing? Who cares what they're doing? Who cares that 'the dog's just having a poo' or 'I'm having a coffee'? If you want a conversation then have a proper one. If you want to have it on the internet then start a blog or join a group. If you want to talk to your family why not pick up the phone? If you want to talk to your co-workers then just shout across the office.
But for god's sake don't twitter!