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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Some preliminary sketches

I look forward to seeing where these ink sketches from today will take me.

It's been quite a while since i've done this type of figure sketch so i have no idea how the finished versions will look....

The Christmas Tree

Every year i have an internal battle. Real tree, fake tree, twig tree..... This year the twig tree has won out.

I can remember the day i departed from a big thick traditional fir tree, it was around this time of year and I was up on the Ridgeway walking Henry when i saw a very large branch on the side of the track. The thought of getting our age old 6ft fake tree out of the loft had left me feeling down in the mouth and less than enthused about decorating the house for Christmas. When i saw that branch it just struck me as the ideal solution. No need for the endless head scratching trying to push in colour coded branches. No cursing at the endless strings of knotted lights and, at the end of Christmas it could be left to happily rot away at the end of the garden.

So Henry and I wrestled the branch into my car (Henry trying to eat it, me trying to wedge it in without taking our eyes out) and drove it home. One can of gold spray paint and some red lights later and it looked great (well i thought so at the time and everybody else was too polite to say anything different).

This year I'm using my 'craft' tree but it brings back happy memories of that first 'alternative' Christmas tree adventure with Henry.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

A life long crush

Yes it's true, i will forever be in love with Chanel, it's really not hard to see why


but as the pennies don't stretch to the real thing here's my idea of a perfect Christmas outfit. Part vintage store find, part high street. Love it!

One last word, bare feet in winter is obviously a no go unless you're standing on a sheepskin rug in front of an open fire so killer heels are recommended......

Sketch Book..... some progress

Some ideas are definitely working better than others....

The way we were

Few things give me greater pleasure than finding old photographs of times forgotten,

Monday, 22 November 2010

Getting Motivated

Tomorrow's lesson - how to set up a gallery.  Please don't hold back if you can share an experience!

Tomorrow's activity - Art Journal. 2 pages down, 100 to go.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Check out the latest exhibition at my favourite museum. A fabulous place that needs support so if you get a chance please go and take a look. You'll also see some of my work on display.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

To the friend

To the friend that fed me when I didn't have the strength to feed myself, thank you.

To the friend who warmly embraced me when I wore a jacket of barbed wire, thank you.

To the friend who accepted a cup of tea as my gift when I had nothing else to give, thank you.

To the friend who knew my silence spoke a thousand words and spoke back in conversation, thank you.

To the friend that forgave my failures and celebrated the triumphs, thank you.

To the friend I could not save, thank you for the echo you leave behind.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

For my sister

A favourite outfit

What score (out of 10) would you give this outfit?

I'm always curious about the ingredients of a perfect outfit.

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Sunday, 7 November 2010

First time

I have been nagged half to death by many people in my life to get  a finger out and start a Blog. Here goes.

On the right you will see a link to my Flickr photo stream to give you a snapshot of some of the art work that i do (or have done) albeit not very well photographed! I haven't been very good at keeping a portfolio so guess what my New Years resolution will be. New and improved images will be posted once i get the hang of this thing.

Expect weekly comments on everything from people watching, fashion, diet (or lack off), art, photography and general navel gazing.........