Monday, 31 May 2010

This Gypsy Life.

As the field has been giving me so much inspiration lately, I decided to pack up my pochade box (a french inspired, travelling studio. A longer description is on my website), a flask of tea and a sandwich and do some drawing outside.

Not many people know this, but my Great Grandmother was a true Romany. My Mother and Sister have the dark hair and complexion, but my colouring comes from my Father's Irish heritage. Sheesh, what a mixture, but it explains a lot, maybe, haha!

Just lately, I've been inspired to explore this and inevitably, it's found it's way into my sketchbook.

These Romany Vardas are very rough and I've noticed that I've totally neglected to put in shadows, so they seem to be hovering in the woods!

A dark haired busker.

Mabel helped with the greenfly problem under the trees, but sadly, made it hard to draw!

This one is inspired by a song by the Levellers and so is called 'Collecting Beautiful Words'.

I'm not sure whether these will make it into paint, as sometimes I just enjoy sketching. I'd like to explore the Gypsy theme some more though, so I'll keep you all posted :)

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Magical inspiration.

In our field the Hawthorn trees are heavy and drooping with fragrant drifts of tiny white flowers,

reaching towards a cooling sky, drifts of clouds after a scorching week.

Under the trees at the top of the field a snowy carpet of cow parsley frames our resting place.

An avenue of silver birches and more cow parsley. The Moomin calls them marry flowers :)

A fairy gathering place, maybe even a Mad Hatters Tea Party!

I climbed the huge goat willow and looked back towards the ponies, the chickens and our magical haven.

The opposite end of the field holds our small wood supply, for crafting, turning and painting.

Our neighbours.

The lower wood, small but full of potential and on a good year a decent crop of sloe berries :)

A little Unicorn ;)

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Pretty things.

Pretty things:

Doves in dovecots
Deer sleeping in the grass
Goats (I adore goats)
Merlin chasing chickens (cute, but not for the chickens)
Foxes furtively creeping or silently sleeping
Trees, lots and lots of trees

These are just a few things that have been inspiring me this week. I simply need a few more hours in a day and I'll be fine :)

Saturday, 8 May 2010


Well, the website is finally finished and I must say that I'm totally wiped out now! Progress was hampered by my laptop deciding to play silly games. It now needs to be backed up and completely flattened unfortunately!

You can find the website here at .

I'm going to take the rest of the weekend off now and catch up on housework and fit in a little time at the Sustainability Fair. Any comments about the site would be very welcome and be as honest as you like :)

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday :)

Monday, 3 May 2010

A wonderful gift.

A very few weeks ago I coveted this wonderful picture on Danielle's blog. I planned to buy it as soon as she listed it in her shop. It is of the Goddess Eostre, gently craddling a hare in her arms. I can't describe how this painting touched me, the tenderness and trust between these two creatures. Imagine the absolute joy I felt when I opened a mysterious package to find this painting inside. Thank you Danielle, I'm not sure I deserve such a gift, but thank you :)

Do go and visit Danielle for more gorgeous art than you can shake a stick at, plus beautiful horses galore :)

I too have been creating art, but that's for another post :)