Tuesday, 29 January 2013

historical perspective

This is another fabric I have just rust dyed, with the clutch plate of a Peugot 106, according to the bloke in the junk/boat yard.  .....I'm thinking tumulus, ancient burials doodahs.  The fabric is about a metre long, maybe I should just  leave it as it is, but my stitching fingers are itching.  I have an alarming stash  accumulated of rust dying, I must convince tutor that it is part of my oeuvre....
 Which may be partly because we did our Museum visit today [first day back at art school, I was grumpy last night, we have been off so long over Xmas that having to get up and out in the morning felt like going to work] but in the event was quite exciting.  The snow has been rained off, the air is mild [10 degrees] and it was fun to be part of something again.
 My theme for this semester is going to be the Nude, the aged female I suspect, as that arouses the most interest in my likewise ancient mind, so this fellow may not signify, but it is a bold pic.
 Probably this Mesolithic Venus will feature [even if she is only a replica]
 I also took to this lady
 these are a little serial killerish
where as these two small ladies carved and painted to sit in a Regency dress shop window are rather charming.
Tomorrow I hope to carve a wood block and print one of the ladies.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

snow fun

Should be writing notes about Abstract Expressionists, but think these pics are more satisfying.

Sunday, 20 January 2013


Have been experimenting with some hand stitching on my rust cloth.   Hoping to frame a  set of four.
Have also been messing around with off cuts from the River sketch book, taking some thoughts from the Blessed Alice I rollered some black ink here and there and ended up with some quite attractive textures.  What to do with them is another question.............tea dyed some linen for a background, but feel it needs some more work to integrate everything. Would be nice to frame each strip individually but not sure I have the confidence.
And have started work on the Sketch books for next term.  I hope to take the Nude as my theme, and paint on HUGE canvases...........and make clay figures of Nudes already painted.  The Lucian Freud and Alice Neel come to mind.  It's a Plan.  I would add pics but Blogsite seems to have changed yet again and I refuse to read instructions.  Life is restricted enough.


Went to Wells next the Sea [Norfolk] for nearly a week. Came back a day early worried about getting snowed in and because I pulled muscle in my poor elderly back,  Bend Zee Knees when attempting to pick up your bag.
Callie had a wonderful time, by the end she sparkled like a diamond with all her healthy walks [and splunges into the waters]  Geese laughed loudly and continuously.