A fruitful day

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Or should I say a vegetable day?  my desire to keep painting seems strong at the moment.  Am I enjoying it, Yes, absolutely.   Am I pleased with the results, absolutely not !!  this is the perfectionist in me, its such a hard task master to have this running all the time.  Never ever feels good enough.  For years, nearly 30 years I have been an interior designer and its only been in last 2-3 years that I can say I am interior designer and not feel a fraud.  My creativity has taken many forms over the years, from drawing and watercolour sketches, to making things with my hands, cutting paper, clay work, collage, oil pastels, dry pastels, oil paint sticks but when it comes to painting, there is a lot of doubt that comes up.  Not Good Enough, is the foremost one and most times it hampers the start, so recently with the urge to pick up my paintbrushes, oil paint and so on and  keep painting is rather new to me.  Its normally paint one or two, dont like them and put paints away for a few months.

Painting is a great teacher, it brings up so much for me that I can now sit and watch and see exactly what is happening as it unfolds.  self doubt, conversations on size, whether to make it abstract or representational.  Then there is the conversation about the cost of oil paint these days, absolutely ridiculous prices and like everything else now we have these small artisan workshops making specialist paints that are even more costly.  One thing that has changed my painting though is Rosemary’s handmade brushes.  I had never heard of an Egbert brush before, but these together with large long flats are helping me obtain the brushstrokes that I desire.  To know they are handmade in Yorkshire make using them feel even better !

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colour at the jerwood

Friday a really sunny day and took myself of to Hastings and my usual ritual of brunch at the Jerwood Gallery.  Sitting outside on the terrace looking out to sea, the sun streaming down felt relaxed and far away from work related issues.    Great food, great view and of course the paintings which I always come away from feeling energised with all kinds of inspired thoughts and feelings

This time I came back with a fish, a fresh caught  sole for my dinner, amazing price of £2, together with some asparagus, home made hollandaise, plenty of lemon, delicious !!

Here are some colours I especially like, one of the them by Duncan Grant, all have some association with the local area and all the colour combination will have been absorbed like a sponge and then squeezed out into my next project.

 

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texture and pastels

 

Finding the pastels somewhat “flat” so experimented with adding some texture.  First I covered the offwhite UART grit paper with all shades of red and orange and yellow pastel and painted over with mat gel medium.  this created quite a thick covering that showed up all the brush marks.  When completely drying painted over the pastels, like the affect.  Will continue experimenting on the texture front and build up more layers using acrylic paint as the underpainting.

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knitting some sunshine

Knitting !! haven’t done this for so many years, but I wanted to bring some sunshine to my bathroom, it’s all very “grey”, polished plaster, grey mosaic and dark wood floors.  When looking on Flickr saw the perfect item, not only to use up all my scraps but to bring those holiday sunshine colours into my daily routine. As you can see here, its lovely and bright !

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Well I have used almost all my scrap bits from christmas quilting spree and still have a fair bit to go !! not sure yet what to complete it with, looks like I may have to buy some more fabric, nothing suitable on the clothes front to cut up : (

the whole process has been so easy, I do not have a tv to distract me (nearly 8 years now ) !  just sat in a comfy chair, listened to audio book and watched it grow.

Just a size 11 needles (circular) not so heavy to deal with, cast on 60 stitches and just straight forward knit rows.  I joined my scraps and made large balls, but I imagine if your pieces are longish you could join as you go along. Although this mat just gobbles up the fabric, not sure if crocheting maybe less hungry.  I like the frayed rag look of the tied ends, but maybe when cutting the scraps into lengths, anything between 3-5 cms you could cut the lengths stopping about 3-5 cms from one end forming a continuous length.  May try this if I make another one in the future

A big thankyou to Jennifer http://www.flickr.com/photos/51126367@N06/10103126196/lightbox/