Thursday, 29 July 2010

Just lovely!

As members of the National Trust we recently paid another visit to one of our favourite haunts, Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire. It's a lovely place for the kids to run about in, and explore and we can take a leisurely walk whilst they dart here, there and everywhere. During one of the customary games of 'hide and seek' I came across some gorgeous pine cones under a tree and got distracted enough from playing the game of finding the children to hunt some of the better looking cones as they would look fabulous on a canvas!
Unfortunately, upon turning the cones over, most if not all the decent ones I'd found were a home to rather a lot of bugs, insects, and other unmentionables, so I hastily put them back in their natural habitiat, and reverted to taking a snapshot of them for posterity instead. A sad moment, but I didn't really want to end up with an infestation of little critters in my art room now did I?

But I guess you never know, from the depths of my imagination I might eventually make some sort of flower for my canvas which resembles those lovely natural objects!

And yes, I did find the kids in the end too!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Love, Love, Love.

On this grey drizzly day~10 things I love:

1. the rain
2. the smell of lavender
3. my childrens' drawings
4. when my art ideas work
5. watching a good movie
6. baby babble
7. my 1 year old's hugs and kisses
8. holding hands with my hubby
9. receiving hand written letters
10. having a fun day out with the family

I could go on!


Friday, 9 July 2010

Me, myself and I.

Isn't it interesting where ideas take you? I started off my most recent paintings by taking ideas from my 3 year old's drawings thinking that it would take me in a certain direction. And now, I have produced this painting which I am really happy with as it captures something which I have found very hard to express in my art, and that is a sense of 'me'.

For so long I have lacked the confidence to just be myself in my work, but lately through experimenting and just making work, I have found a sense of my own style starting to come through in my work!

It's just amazing that it has taken me so long to come to this realisation!

I think I need a sleep after that bombshell!