Oh dear I have lost my tail

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

the shoe journey

Another day of enforced resting !   a long while back I began a journey with my ancestors, I made shoes out of white paper and tissue paper that I printed with images of my grandmothers.  Its been a long time since I looked at them and have today spent sometime working with a pair I made with hydrangea petals, I wanted to bring them together in an image, and here it is.

Click on the shoe to see more paper made images

Forced relaxation

Another day of relaxing,  I have a broken foot and the hospital “total rest” !!  So am sitting here, feet up on my chaise and gazing out across the common.  Have been spending time researching the projects I am doing at work, so many beautiful buildings with such a wealth of history that I am trying to unravel and hoping it will give me inspiration for the artwork that I will need to commission and purchase.

In doing all this research, going down the road of gothic revival and the aesthetic movement I have sparked off a real fondness again for turquoise and blues and the rich patterns of the arts crafts movement.

William de Morgan and his wife Evelyn created wonderful ceramics and paintings and it was researching his works that I came across these wonderful rich lustre red designs which would add real zing to the turquoise.  I want to create a very pared down  interior with them, using pattern more minimally, perhaps even in a monochromatic colour scheme, using decortive ornate shaped furniture in plain red with dashes of unexpected pattern, perhaps a bespoke woven carpet maybe……………..

Food for thought

King of the forest

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” —

Oak tree image taken on a recent walk