Wednesday, April 09, 2014

sketch book skool

I'm doing Danny Gregory's (et al) Sketch Book Skool course and these are the sketches I've done so far this week. Each week there's a different teacher with different styles and I'm really enjoying it so far. I have a huge amount of respect for Danny.




Friday, March 07, 2014

abandoned station in yorkshire


We stayed in a holiday cottage just the other side of the now grassed-over track from this ex railway station. A little further down there were some old railway carriages that are now holiday lets. The people who lived in the old station house kept chickens which used to walk along the platform and annoy Rosie who couldn't get to them! Thank goodness!!

Monday, February 24, 2014

fungi sketchbook

I'm working on a sketchbook with the theme of mushrooms and fungi and these are a couple of the pages which I've completed so far. I may translate the whole thing into fabric eventually or possibly a hand-made book.



Thursday, February 20, 2014

dead sunflower head


This is from a photo I took last year. I don't like sunflowers but I love dead sunflowers - they are so much more interesting and have a soft beauty that the live ones don't have.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sketching again

I don't know why I don't make a pact with myself to sketch something at least once a day. I really love doing it and am sure practice will improve me. So I did two sketches today - one which was just a copy of a photograph and the other was my Valentine's Day present which, if I'd left it much longer, would not still be there! Yummy...



I've signed up for Danny Gregory's Sketchbook Skool which starts early April and am hopping from foot to foot with excitement. Hope I don't mess up!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tree Bark Studies

I took some photos of interesting tree bark today for a stitching project:







Thursday, January 16, 2014

Burgundy and Gold


It seems so long since I've posted anything at all but I've been working on my stitching experiments and have also started to weave a tapestry for an exhibition in March (unjuried or I wouldn't have tried for it!). Plus the usual butterflying around between dozens of different projects!

Retirement is coming up in a few months and there's another puppy to think about finding so Rosie has a companion. She's curled up alongside my chair here in my workroom as always.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Midway: Message from the Gyre

This just has to be watched. It's horrific. What are we doing to our fellow creatures!


MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sloe Berries


The sloe bushes at the bottom of the field are absolutely laden with berries this year. The first time I walked past I thought I must take a bag and collect some before someone else does! But the next day I had a closer look and they're nowhere near ripe enough to pick yet so I just picked a small branch so I could draw them. It's said the best time to pick the sloes is just after the first frost so I'll be lurking with my carrier bag in the wee small hours one day soon.

Monday, August 19, 2013

From the Fields

I collected a couple of bits & pieces from the field where I walked Rosie today. This one looks like an Oak Apple but I'm sure it isn't because it's too late in the year. The leaf is certainly oak-like but the acorns are growing now so this can't be oak.


This one is definitely a meadow thistle - so delicate and pretty. Both sketched on Khadi paper which loves water and is quite happy to be stitched into which I may decide to do. I'll post the results here if I do.