Saturday, 29 January 2011

Many tears.

Peter Furlonger, a wonderful man whose passing has left this world a greyer place.

IF by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their douting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
and lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Valentine and award.

Already I've been planning for valentine's day and here is the first design to share with you. It's not quite finished and isn't the full scan, but you get the idea.

Two little Ampithere's in love. Ampithere's are fresh water dragons who are happy deep in the darkest pools and rivers. Occasionally they hover above the water on hot sunny days and are often mistaken for large dragonflies. Unlike the dragonfly, these little dragons live for decades, seldom mating and so are extremely rare.

I have several more cards on the easel, all in different states of painting. It's been great fun and I'll share them with you as I complete them. Hopefully they'll be off to the printer soon and will be in the Etsy shop asap.

The lovely Rossichka from Out of the Shell blog has given me an award. Thank you so much dear friend. I'll dedicate a proper post to it as soon as I can squeeze it in :D

Monday, 24 January 2011

Woodland management.

On one of my walks through my favourite woods, I was a little shocked to find so much devastation! Thankfully the woods are very well managed and the products are sustainable and promote the use of woodlands rather than leaving them to fall apart and be sold off (cough, cough!)

However, whilst I understand the need and the use of local wood, scenes like this are still a little hard to take in.

I sat on a fallen tree, the spirits long since fled, and watched the puppy enjoy this dangerous and exciting new landscape.

The big logs were too much for him, so a much smaller branch became his friend and playmate.

Of course, I couldn't resist a couple of slices for myself, but due to the rain these logs were HEAVY and nearly broke my back. I'm not just helping myself but have an arrangement with the Estate and pay for these as if they were a load of firewood.

After rolling in something unamable, the poor pup was then treated to a thorough bath. I love his spikey up fur and when dry he's just like a poweder puff :D
You can see his Bedlington heritage in this picture :D

Thursday, 20 January 2011


Life has been strange for quite some time now and I've been trying to knit the unravelling threads back into some kind of shape. Long walks in the woods and clear skies have gone quite some way towards helping. My muse is almost fully recharged now and is waiting for my soul to catch up.

Such beautiful sunsets lift the spirits to be sure.

A well presented piece of work also helps and I'm very pleased that this picture behaved itself and that the owner of the horses was happy with the end result. I have to say that I'm happy with how it turned out too :D

New paths have been explored and some very beautiful pieces of wood are now drying out to be later turned into art.

Manchee's legs have grown and he's struggling to get in and out of the cat flap, even the Superman pose isn't of any use. He can now walk farther and loves to help me find useful things.

Finally, my latest painting is a difficult one. Largely because the lady commissioning it has given me total free rein as to the content. At first this may seem easy, but then you sit and face the blank page and wonder what on Earth to do. I sat and waited for quite a few weeks for ideas to form. The central figure is of the horse owned by the client, so I spent time thinking about her and her personality. Quite suddenly one day, I saw the horse, galloping with a companion. The rest you will have to wait for! Until the painting is finished and delivered I can say no more.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

One year old.

I can't quite believe that this blog has been going for a year! It seems so long ago now, but maybe that's because I've been blogging for about 4 years in total. I'm grateful to those of you who followed me from the old blog and also to the lovely new friends I've made in the last year.

During this time, the Studio has moved from garden to house and back again several times according to the weather. At the present time I'm in the dining room, possibly the coldest room in the house, but at least it's dry and has electricity :D My workload is growing and I have an ideas book that's rapidly filling up so it should be an interesting year. Thank you friends for sharing the journey with me :D

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Going Forth.

This year I'm taking the Studio out on the road. I've been planning and making up a schedule of the fairs and shows that I think I may be suited to. Lots of plans and organising. Packing and re packing cards, with lots of help from the nosey puppy :D

I've been dreaming of gypsy Varda and how wonderful it would be to have my studio and bed, children and puppy all under one roof, travelling around the fairs hawking my wares. Then I swing by Jackie Morris' blog and see that she has the same idea, only a bit more practical! It must be something to do with the Spring air :D

Time to stop playing with the pc now and get my nose back to the grindstone. I have some beautiful wood slices from our apple tree that have waited patiently to be painted on, plus several very patient customers awaiting their finished portraits.