May 11, 2013
its been awhile since posting here, have been in total overwhelm……. day job taken over, new kitchen being fitted in my home, one thousand and one pressing demands just felt I have been drowning !! I did manage to get away in between this mayhem and get total rest and sunshine with friends in Malta. But plunged back in the deap ocean again swimming against the tide this week
Coming back up for some air ! Once this project is ready for the launch on 6th June I can breath again and get back to my creative self !! I am lucky my day job is creative, its been such a huge part of my life since March, very rewarding but I need to start my own path again soon. Its like there are two of me, one creating environments for people to enjoy and another feeling a little frustrated that she hasnt time to express a new path……. It will come, can feel it my bones !!
Here is a piece that I worked on some while back , drowning in the ocean……….(click on image for a larger view)
Monday morning blues, oh dear have those feelings today, of oh no, its cold, drizzling and so much to be done, I just want to stay here in the peace and solitude of home.
Weekend was just not long enough. I know once i start in a mo, all will be well and tomorrow going to take a look at how the next project is coming along.
But for now the feelings are here, just had a thought “the blues” , my bedroom is blue? hope this is not a knock on effect ?
Blue is a calming colour, promotes tranquility and its also about communication too. So NO, I don’t think my bedroom colour is responsible
here are some image of blue’s complimentary colour, Yellow, just in case there is any doubt……
September 23, 2012
this seems to be the colour of choice for me at the moment. I have just had my bedroom painted Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball…………
Somehwhile back my bedroom was given the once over by a diviner, I dont sleep well and without telling the guy he told me to move my bed around as a negative energy line was running across my bed. My bedroom is split level, this caused probs as not enough wall, because of a chimney breast , to put my bed against. So to cut a long story short I have had the chimney breast extended and new fittied in sheliving. All now Hague Blue.
Its looking good, now I am begginning to put back some of my old furniture as well as choosing some new, give it a few weeks and I think I will be a happy bunny
Dark blue rooms I love at the moment, here are a few that inspired me
September 17, 2012
Home at last, back in the calm of my newly decorated bedroom! Long story for another time, energy lines, changing bed around, dark blue !!
The last couple of weeks have been away installing a project in the Derbyshire Hills, extremely hectic, exhausting but in the end quite exhilarating when you look around and see the vision I have been holding for such a long time come to fruition
Such a beautiful area Derbyshire, this last weekend relaxed a little at the Riverside Hotel in Ashford in the Water, such a picturesque village, with its little stone bridge, church and cottages.
My work, courtesy of Yao photography
Ashford in the Water
July 22, 2012
Not much time for painting and creating on paper for me of late, although an oil sketch a week or so ago was a wonderful outlet. Its all interior work, drawing, plans, autocad, should it be stone floor, wood floor, lighting issues and on and on. Last project
putting finishing touches, soon be able to post some images, then another huge project in Derybshire to complete in August. Its a colour filled life at the moment, today full of greens, a beautiful drive through the Peak district, and also blues, love deep blues, magentas, turquoise and green………………. tomorrow? cool blue pool, fitting out a spa.
June 5, 2012
my creative journey continues, the forests of trees that hold such abundance. Somethings calls me when I walk amongst the dancing leaves, the verdant lushness, their vitality and majestic power.
A dear friend posted this beautiful poem, I had forgotten just how beautiful these words were, a poem I had ready many times a few years back, but had faded in the mists of time…………….
December 30, 2011
Up early this morning, resting on my seat with a view. Spent the whole day working with my shoe images. Guess unconciously I am drawn to the feet, seeing as I cannot walk far with this cumbersome ” walking plaster” boot thing. It is very restricting, but then I guess its meant to be. I am off to hospital after breakfast to have another xray and see if it needs putting in plaster, hoping not. I managed to persuade them before christmas to give me the boot, they wanted to plaster, so watch this space.
Here is an image I like and this time there is no feet only mermaid tails, original drawing executed in oil pastels, paint and pencil. It was inspired by a dream about a mermaid and her tail fell off and could be seen floating down deep into the depths of the sea
December 8, 2011
Mmmm perhaps a lttle early to think about flowers………….. they are still magical memories held in seeds, bulbs, way down in that dark soil, over wintering and so full of possibillity. Its a good feeling knowing these wonderfully colourful plants are gathering their energy in readiness for that enormous push through the soil as the days lengthen and the sun becomes increasingly warmer. Puts me in mind of Persephone, she has plunged down into the underworld now, but come the spring and she will burst forth bringing that spark of creation, the green and beautiful land will once again blossom.
wet on wet watercolour
March 29, 2011
Creative………….. Amazing what one can do with a few feathers………….. http://www.katemccgwire.com/
The feather explosions of Kate MccGwire | Yatzer™.
February 9, 2011
February 8, 2011
February 8, 2011
The Joyous Body: Part Three of “The Dangerous Old Woman”
live broadcasts by CPE on Sounds True
“It is the nature of the saplings to quake in the winds; hesitant, learning to hold their own places. But, the older trees, with their years of testing and being tested, they are the ones who, whether in the long stern winds or misty gales, sway the most. Less a bouquet of tentative trembling first-time buds, now much more the leaf-perfumed hips of a hundred wide women dancing—these old ones, regardless of form, sway, by heart, to the music that thunders through them.”
—Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD
Who is the protector of this Precious Being who is my body?
Who is the one charged with guarding and protecting the Life Spark in this Radiant Being’s eyes?
Who promised to watch over to the best of her ability?
Who promised to overcome the inertia taught by a large part of the over-culture…
that once you are struggling, you must remain so, and only so.
Who is the heroine of this mysterious, often perilous and sometimes triumphant mythical life of mine?
It is me…
and …any stalwart soul
who joins me in love,
who blesses down hard
for the strength and longevity
the very prosperity
of my body, of our bodies….
whomsoever and in whatever shape
or condition, those dear ‘blessing people’
–or I– may be.
January 14, 2011
Gareth’s 2011 pre collection film……. quite beautiful, love the billowy shapes, the watery blue billowing silk, the black “wings” the tableaux. Watch the film here
here are a few stills to wet your appetite
January 3, 2011
Well its arrived, a new year and new decade, conjured up memories of the millenium new year, struggling to get to the embankment to watch the fireworks with a two champagne bottle backpack and a few friends. I had just moved into my new apartment after its year long refurb and felt so full of joy and optimism . It was a great evening.
This year I feel equally full of optimism for the coming year, saying goodbye to 2010, fully embracing 2011 is very exciting. So many things to do, to experience, to see to enjoy. I have written a list and it gets longer everyday. This time I am going to print it out and put a line through each item as they are achieved…………….. I am also leaving a huge space for new thing to arise, unexpected things, new challenges, new opportunities, this is the part that for me makes my life so rewarding.
I have been spending time these last few days purchasing new paints, ordering canvases, sketching, list making and creating new images of my existing artwork and photography.