Extraordinary creatures and a day at the races

As I was reading in the garden at lunch, a strange and beautiful insect landed on the edge of my kindle. He was a pert and quirky little fellow, only 0.5cm long, with a tail not unlike a scorpion’s, and entirely lemony-yellow; I first noticed him because of his peculiar stance which was to rock…

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Of Spring and things

Last week on Feb 12th the cranes started flying North, their rasping cries lift the spirits for I know now that Spring must be coming, especially as I hear swarms of tiny bees buzzing in the sun collecting pollen from the flowering remnants of an old box-hedge and from the catkin lanterns high up catching the sun’s…

Art on an ipad

Last year I bought a mini ipad, principally because a friend taught me how to use an art app on her one.  I was lured into buying one by seeing the diversity of ‘tools’ to hand, and the ease with which you can draw and paint, at any time and at any whim. So, having had Ellie’s…

A day at the races.

The soap-box cart-race day has been and gone, and I have only just found time to write and show the photos. The theme this year was ‘musicals’ and Graham chose “Springtime for Hitler”, which , strictly speaking is a musical within a musical. The cart’s dimensions and weight have to be kept scrupulously within the…

Puppet Challenge parts 9 and 10, plus mural restoration.

Firstly here are the links to  parts 9 and 10 of the Puppet Challenge, the art still keeps on coming, each one so original, the artists so varied. http://clivehicksjenkins.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/the-puppet-challenge-part-10-phil-stephanie-anna-charlotte-and-janet/ http://clivehicksjenkins.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/the-puppet-challenge-part-9-shellie-leonard-and-the-unknown-claire/ The rest of this blog is going to be rather disjointed, but it’s about our daily lives, so it’s bound to be so. A friend…

The Puppet Challenge-part 6, and my first drive in the jellymould!

          Clive Hicks-Jenkins has very kindly devoted a whole post to my efforts for the Puppet Challenge Exhibition; he has edited them nicely to contain the whole conception from start to finish: from the storyboard, through the drawing stage and onward to construction and presentation. I felt compelled to create the storyboard in order to get to know the character,…

Wine labels

This is to show some graphic design work I’ve done. My design work can vary enormously: whole rooms, murals, screens, chandeliers (which Graham makes, although the best chandelier he has made he designed himself, which I will post later), furniture ( ditto), letterheadings and wine labels. Whatever it is, after an initial meeting, I present…

Painting a house and watercolours

I first posted this pic vertically,  a mistake presumably, because I really like the composition and shapes, but on close inspection I find it should be horizontal, never mind I’m posting them both anyway!                 I have not posted lately because Graham and I have been busy with…

Wildlife and cars

Every year I let the wild flowers self seed in the flowerbeds whilst the perennial summer flowers develop amongst them, once they die off I clear them away, to reveal the summer blooms. This is the view from the kitchen window.   The view from my studio: Wildlife : On my daily walks with Meg…