Friday, 29 January 2010


My imagination is definitely most active in the mornings, before the World has fully woken and filled the air with thoughts of worry, stress and daily expectations. My muse loves the sleepy darkness, even if I would prefer to stay under the warm covers for as long as possible! The empty spaces, yet to be filled with busyness are instead filled with possibilities. A painting, some music or poetry and this morning I heard them.

Long before I woke up, I heard the far off calls, like whispers floating on a breeze and then as I poured my cup of tea a trumpet blared from a ragged throat. A grating roar announced - The Dragons are back! They don't want to wait, they need to be created. A different breed this time, not so cute and cuddly and maybe even a little ugly, but very insistent and not at all patient. I've no idea how long before they are ready to be shared with the World, but be assured, they are on their way!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

A date.

I have been reading The Artist's Way, and it's an incredible book. Some of the text I disagree with, quite strongly too, but on the whole it's been an interesting experience. Part of the contract in the book is to set aside some time each week for an artist's date, with yourself! I am so looking forward to immersing myself in culture, an arty movie or a trip to a gallery. Nothing too highbrow, just nurturing my inner, childlike artist. I'm not sure where to begin, but there is a lovely butterfly museum in the City closest to me. I may be visiting there on Friday and following it up with a trip to a nearby holistic shop, which was a regular haunt of mine when I lived in this City. A walk through the old Victorian part will finish off my trip and maybe a quick walk past my old flat depending on how masochistic I feel! I feel full of hope and inspiration which is very exciting.

On a sad note, however, I looked out of the kitchen window to see that the snow has taken further toll on my little Summerhouse Studio. I did some serious patching last year as the rain was coming sideways in through gaps in the boards. Now one of these boards is threatening to come away entirely! I cannot be without my studio, my escape and haven. It's the snug where my muse lives most of her life, so I have to dig deep and find the resources to repair what will soon be a tumbledown shack, if I'm not careful. Wish me luck!

Monday, 25 January 2010

New work.

On the easel at the moment is a nice, snowy scene, just so that we don't forget what all that white stuff looked like. I'd like to paint more snow scenes while the memory is still fresh, but it's difficult, as I'm so looking forward to Spring! Aaah, well, I'm sure I could force myself, especially if I sit down and watch The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe again. Any excuse to lose myself in a magic land, especially as I practically grew up in Narnia :)

Hopefully this will be finished and in my Etsy shop by the weekend.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Lunar Moth.

I started the outline for this painting in the Summer, but only managed to finish it last night. It's amazing the difference a spotlight and an MP3 player can make, I can paint for longer in the evenings with either a little gentle music or a rocking great album from Muse. Seriously. I love these guys and their two last albums 'Black Holes and Revelations' and 'Resistance' are completely amazing.

But anyhoo, back to this painting. I've called it Lunar Moth, as the celestial moths carry the moon and stars around the galaxy at night.

Edited to add: On reflection, I'm not totally happy with the face of the moon. It reminds me too much of another painting.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Finished painting.

I managed to force my way into the Studio yesterday as the doors had finally defrosted enough to turn the handles. The smell of wood and paint and clay was strong after being closed up for the last few weeks and I was filled with such longing to sit and create. My toes however began to ache with the cold and I knew it would still be far too cold to work out there. Maybe next month!

The painting for the Valentine card was nearly finished and after collecting my favourite brushes from the Studio, I settled in the warm kitchen with Capercaillie playing on my tiny MP3.

I'm sure I'll still be tweaking this over the next few days, but it's basically finished now, and I'm quite pleased :)

Friday, 15 January 2010


Rough draft for a Valentine card. I'm going to do this as a painting, but also want to make a print of the sketch too, so that needs a little tidying up. I'd like to paint this image on wood, in a monotone pallet, but we shall see. I don't want to reproduce it so many times that it loses it's original passion, but I just love the way this image makes me feel.

Monday, 11 January 2010


I've not got a lot else done this week as just getting the basics sorted has been hard work in all this snow. The ponies are a super effort as we have no water at the field, so this has to be carried over in large containers and the lane up to the field has been deep in snow drifts. No good for my little car, but a total breeze for hubby's truck.

The lane is so totally gorgeous in all it's snowy finery,

I shall have to include some of these scenes in my paintings.

I have managed to squeeze in a little rough sketching though. This picture is a rough out for a valentines card and there is a lot of work yet to be done.

This one is almost a doodle of Merlin, just because he's so much fun to draw. I love his shaggy little head and constantly alert expression. I'm not sure if I'll take this one any further, as I was just flexing my pencils after a few months of sculpting. It felt good to draw again.

Friday, 8 January 2010

More snow!

Well, I'm not heading back to the studio anytime soon at this rate!!! Struggling through the snow has not allowed much time for creating either, more like surviving as we make our slow way to feed the ponies and get the essentials done. Maybe tomorrow.....

Saturday, 2 January 2010

January - Studio

The studio is still out of bounds at the moment, due to the freezing weather. The clay is frozen as are my glazes and water pots, plus it's too cold to sit out there for any length of time.

Therefore, I have taken over the kitchen table! Here are a selection of models and arms and legs for dolls made from the air hardening clay. The materials I use are definitely seasonal as even in the kitchen, the ceramic clay is too cold to work with comfortably. So Winter often finds me painting or working in other mediums. The doll making is a new thing for me, but I'm finding it very satisfying.

Arnold cat does love to supervise and I'm pretending he's not sitting on our kitchen table, like he's pretending not to be looking for food!