I am now the proud adopter of Lucie the tearaway terrier. Playful, friendly, good with other dogs and children. Like a bullet after a ball and brings it back, mostly. Prey mad though!
Thursday, 9 January 2014
|"Mrs Richard Yates" (detail), Gilbert Stuart 1793|
Hand stitching looks such a gentle art.
Done with skill it can create rich decoration, 3d forms and invisible bonds.
I've always loved textiles and fabric crafts but often lacked the patience required for good hand sewing.
My body tense, fingers sweating, stitches tight and far from invisible.
As with any craft, of course, the secret lies in learning the appropriate techniques
and using the right materials and tools for the job. My number one favourite thing is learning new skills - or learning just how to do something well.
I love to see the hand of the artist like here in the beautiful brush strokes and tones of this
detail from a Gilbert Stuart painting.
Soft reflective sheen from the silk dress and cloth.
Dexterous, elegant fingers working in fine detail.
The full portrait of Mrs Yates is not very flattering, however.
I don't think the 18th &19th century fashion for frilly bonnets did mature ladies any favours.
A source of much enjoyment for Rodney Pike in his not-so-gentle art.
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Monday, 23 December 2013
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Monday, 5 August 2013
|Chamomile and thyme grow between slabs and creep over the edges.|
|Stoneware fired with oxides - needs more colour.|
|Bluebird, I think this will go in the kiln again to add more colour.|
The path, and indeed the whole garden, is a work in progress
so these slabs are scattered around.
There's an owl somewhere too.
Friday, 2 August 2013
|Roofs Summer Night, John Sloan 1906|
The heatwave here has been a wonderful change from the summer weather of recent years.
Kids camped out in the garden and all windows wide open.
Brings neighbours closer
- not as close as this NY scene though.
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Sunday, 17 February 2013
Sunday, 3 February 2013
Tuesday, 8 January 2013
I made this little porcelain bowl for my sister.
I am really pleased with the colouring on the inside and just little sprigs of decoration on the outside.
No glazes, just coloured slips rubbed into the textured and carved surfaces.
Friday, 4 January 2013
Now that Christmas gifts have been exchanged and enjoyed I can show these mugs I decorated for my nieces.
Encouraged by Clive's enamelware I used Marabu porcelain paints.
Combined with an enamel coffee pot stacked with chocolate and marshmallows - yum!
The paints are quite thick and the curved, shiny surface was a challenge, but I got the hang of it - after cleaning off and restarting a few times. I'm not confident about the claim that the colour will be dishwasher safe. I think they're best used for items that don't get a lot of wear and tear.
A nice way to personalise a gift though.