January 28, 2009
I am starting an all white series of four tree paper cuts, the first a winter skeleton still in progress. Think the next will have blossom, then a full show of leaves, then a showering of leaves as they shed. All 50 x 50 and in black shadow box frame. I have also in mind of series of seeds, bean seeds, in stages of growth. Will post more as I complete
January 28, 2009
This flower, a fuschia was actually taken in autumn sunlight !! they are such beautiful happy little flowers, with vivid bright coats on!! This was taken on the same afternoon as the flowers below.
January 28, 2009
I have been searching through some pics looking for inspiration, this one jumped off the screen to me. although taken autumn it has a real spring like and fresh feel to it. No idea what they are, but I love the image. I took this at Glastonbury in the gardens of Abbey House. Such a warm and friendly place to stay. A memorable weekend
January 21, 2009
I have had the most amazing birthday anyone could have wished for. Being 60 I just didnt want the stuffy dinner, wanted to do something that would reflect my passion for life, my very playful,colourful personality and my youthful vitality. A trip to Disney in Paris just fitted the bill exactly. My birthday party with Mickey was magical……………. I remember going to disney in LA for the first time n 1979, it was just as magical this time as it was back then, and I had my beautiful daughter with me again, only this time she has all grown up, a sensible , loving daughter who certainly keeps my feet on the ground !!
Disney was also responsible for my mum taking her first trip to the USA. We all went to disneyworld in florida in 1981………. My mother sadly passed on many years ago in 1992, I miss her greatly, but over the weekend I heard her laughter just as I did all those years ago in the Haunted House, the Pirates of the Caribbean, and of course her fears as she entered space mountain……….. I consider myself an extremely lucky person to have had a mother who was just so beautiful in every way.
January 16, 2009
celebrating my birthday with Mickey Mouse!! Cannot wait, its a big one this year and wanted it to be fun!! I cannot begin to tell how it feels to have reached this ripe old age, but I am here to tell the tale and its been a long one full of many, many ups and a few downs. I am now beginning to realise I have amassed great knowledge and wisdom that is bursting to get out!!!!!!!!! My love for my children never ceases to grow as I watch them take their own journey through the decades. So many memories and so much to look forward to. Someone told me recently that I have been a simmering pot all these years, but its now beginning to boil and I am going lead a really JUICY life for a very considerable time……….. How amazing is that!
January 16, 2009
Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi Indian word that roughly translates into a “world out of balance”. The following is a trailer to the film shot over a six year period and set to the extraordinary haunting music of Philip Glass.
You can purchase the full length version from I tunes.
January 14, 2009
Mmmm…….. sugared almonds, my favorite sweets
and the beautifull boxes they come in, these I bought in a wonderful shop in Lewes
January 12, 2009
In the summer of 2008 I spent a magical weekend with friends at Glastonbury, Isle of Avalon.
During the weekend I was read this poem, it really touched me, at that time I had drawn a whole series of sketches, one seemed to illustrate these words perfectly…………. what do you think? The poem is by Dawna markova, a lady who has single handedly changed the live of so many. see her blog at http://dawnamarkova.blogspot.com/
I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
January 10, 2009
this is the time of year when we rest, store all our energy for the abundant growth that’s around the corner. Its a really good feeling to know in a few short weeks, mother nature will awaken, seeds will stir deep, deep down in the earth, and soon they will start their annual journey. I so look forward to seeing the vibrant green shoots, little miracles that pop their heads up through the soil and be guided by the sun and the moon……… I see this as a metaphor for our lives, the cycle of death and rebirth, as we slow down for the dark evenings and winter slumber, we have time to look over the past year, see what serves us and what we need to release, need to let go of. We can then replenish our reserves in readiness for the increasing energy that we need to get us though the growing season, the spring and summer and watch as our abundance grows ……. and so it goes on, how magical.
With this in mind thought I would try a small, simple paper cut, its around 23cms sq in all. white cartridge paper on a red ground.
January 7, 2009
Mmmm, cooking and me had fallen out, only saving it for special occasions or when I invited guests. So this year I set my intention to make more of an effort and cook something nice, good looking!! and tasty for myself each day. Tonights dinner was oh so tasty and oh so easy as I cooked it last night while cooking a stir fry and making butternut squash soup.
Free range, corn fed chicken thighs
Olive oil, salt and pepper to toast
First pour a glass of wine, and put on some music like
January 4, 2009
tried a different style today, and used black and white and thinner paper. Easier to cut but not quite so “crisp”. However it seemed quite easy to “shape” it, found that if I rub the back of the paper with the end of the scalpel handle onto a piece of foam board that the paper curls and takes on a very 3 dimensional effect, more so than my first efforts. Learning more each time I cut them. What I would like to do is large free form hanging paper sculptures
January 2, 2009
After I finished my coffee, my toast and marmalade this morning, I felt inspired to cut some more paper!!! This time in white inpired by the vision of a tummy bursting with an abundance of new growth, love and creative energy.
January 2, 2009
Mmmmm, you just cannot beat it, this is how I usually start my day……….. Marmalade, the orangey sweetness with a real sharp tang of juicy seville oranges, just delicous. It needs to be spooned over lurpak slightly salted butter spread on really crunchy toast. This morning whilst sipping a large steaming cup of columbian flavours, looking out of my window I began to think about the time of year, how its a beautiful clean sheet, everything wiped clean for the year ahead……… How its time to water the growing seeds within, the creative seeds, the burgeoning strengths I have here that have been left to stagnate for many years. This year is the year they will come to the forefront of my life instead of letting them sit within the wilderness…… My interior design business is now a more balanced part of my life, I can have both ! ………. that is a good feeling. My biggest seeds of all are my two very adult children whom I love dearly, but I have so much more, my new attempts at paper cutting, photography, clay sculpture, drawing and sketching in oil pastels, writing, its all so exciting. Etsy, and new people I have met through the blog have been so inspiring to me, a big thankyou to Elsita for starting me on the road of paper, its magical. Even think I may open an Etsy shop!!