Thursday, 23 August 2012

oh dear old ladies eh !?

BORJA.- A combination of three documents provided by the Centre de Estudios Borjanos on August 22, 2012 shows the original version of the painting Ecce Homo (L) by 19th-century painter Elias Garcia Martinez, the deteriorated version (C) and the restored version by an elderly woman in Spain. An elderly woman?s catastrophic attempt to ?restore? a century-old oil painting of Christ in a Spanish church has provoked popular uproar, and amusement. Titled ?Ecce Homo? (Behold the Man), the original was no masterpiece, painted in two hours in 1910 by a certain Elias Garcia Martinez directly on a column in the church at Borja, northeastern Spain. The well-intentioned but ham-fisted amateur artist, in her 80s, took it upon herself to fill in the patches and paint over the original work, which depicted Christ crowned with thorns, his sorrowful gaze lifted to heaven. AFP PHOTO/ CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS BORJANOS.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Westward Ho

Last week some stitchers and I went on a sketching trip and picnic to Flatford Mill [Constable country]In the end we went to the cafe for a sandwich and tiddled about in the sunshine.

Now down to business  -  we have booked the the kennels, and people to feed the cats; the  trains; the hotel; the plane; the hotel; the car; the plane back and the taxi home. 
Feel like I have done it all already but somehow I have to get up on my back legs and change continents to see the kids and g'kid.
Still nearly 2 weeks to go. 
Have to down [up?] load some audio books onto ipod in hopes that they will see me thru the nights when necessary. 
Have to organise some hand stitching to take with me, plus more stories for day time.  What makes me think g'son is going to give me time?
Daughter tells me that he was devoted to g'dad from other side of family, oh dear, bet they rolled around together and played SpiderMan. I will never measure up.
Callie is growing and prancing, almost potty trained except over night, kennels will no doubt return her to her primitive state of anywhere any time.
But it will be an adventure!

Monday, 13 August 2012

cat on holiday

Daughter sent me this picture taken when she was at Lake Taho this w/e.  Thought you might like it Gillian. 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012


 Have been doing some mono printing, very pleasing to be able to transfer my sketch to the fabric but now of course I am not sure what to do next.  Same as always I end up with a single female figure in a space.


Supposed to be sunny today but at the mo it is that milky silver sky and showers. Garden likes it tho.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Majyk Scraps

Went to the newly reburbished [Lottery money] Tide Mill at Woodbridge.
 Majyk Scraps had the honour of the first exhibition there, and showed a lot of small, intricate pieces responding to the local environment.
The Group is quite small    All of these shown are by Allison Smith.  Her quilting skills have been expertly used to embellish the work in a simple effective way.
 It was Callie's first "day trip" as we ate a pub lunch in Sutton while she slept in her crate in the back of the car. We had first worn her out with a walk by the River Deben, lovely bright day, with a lively breeze.  We feel like proper dog owners now, or at least we will when she gets her toilet arrangements sorted out.  She runs round the house till she comes up against a hissing cat, and chases all over the garden off the lead, until she "finally" hears me calling.