Paths through the forest

 

working with colour, different mediums, different methods, felt very fragile when completing this.  Been a difficult week, last night just wanted to get out some paint and let it happen.  Feels in some way like a journey  the  forest, flickering shades of autumn, the sun dancing on fiery leaves.

Seems I was inspired by my early morning nature walks………now these are the real thing !   Autumn leaves are so beautiful now, deep cherry reds, corals and oranges to deep purples and pinks and yellows

veggie

trying to maintain a vegetarian diet without getting bored and having to eat bowls of beans has been a bit of a challenge of late.  Being a carnivore most of my life. one day I just awoke with the need to stop, something was telling me that my energy was too dense, that I needed to feel lighter, and so I just stopped munching the flesh.  I wasnt’t that I was a huge meat eater, but I think it was more out of habit and the need to eat protien.  Why this need suddenly dissipated is a mystery, but I do feel better for it for sure.  The only thing being, is that pulses and grains leave me feeling  little bloated, so have to be a little more creative in the food making stakes……………..  tonight efforts centred around kirsty’s homegrown veg, fresh from her garden, some rice, nut kind of loaf mix formed into burger shapes with red peppers, spring onions and flat leaf parsley.  they were tasty but a bit mushy, but the rosemary roasted potatoes went down a treat.

Eggs and cheese I am reducing too, I was beginning to OD on these, every breakfast in fact, omlettes, scrambled, poached and fried !   not anymore, porridge oats cooked with water until thick and  creamy, scoop into bowl with a spoonful of cream on top !!  Thanks Andreas Moritz for letting me know a little cream and butter are ok !!  I purchased and carried out a liver flush from his now famous book.

Wow, where did all the time go?

I cannot believe I have not posted in such a long time……..  It wasn’t conscious decision however not to post, but it has been a time of  being with me, processing life.  With my move to my new office, life has taken on a different pace, my old routine has gone out of the window and a new “place” is taking residence within. Been busy finding “homes” for everything, keeping it streamlined and creating a light inspiring space within to provide an environment that doesn’t feel like the normal” going to work” .    I think its working…………….  My day starts sitting here

 

 

Having a coffee, checking to see if there is anything that I need to know before I start to answer emails and get down to business here

 

Afternoon tea, is sitting here,

 

or perhaps sharing on our large central table here

Ballet Russe

Thanks Mr Bowery, it was because of you I came across this image, I thought it was a costume of yours, but then I read it was in fact a costume for the Ballet Russe designed back in 1935 !

Leon Bakst drawings I have always admired, and recently when I watched the Chanel / Stravinsky story my interest in the Ballet Russe became more prominent in my life again. I find the colours so inspiring.   Diaghilev was a very clever man, he put together composers and artists the most avant-garde of their time, Braque, Stravinsky, Chanel, Picasso, Matisse and Nijinsky the famous dancer and produced the most inspiring and challenging ballets.  He was not at all afraid to break with convention and his passion paid off, however at his death it limped along but was never the same again.

The boldness, the colours, the loose shapes, ballet costumes had never been seen like this before.  I just love them, the colours sing out, I so would love to have been around to see their opening nights, especially THE RITES OF SPRING, apparently this caused a riot and they had to close down the theatre!!  It’s hard to believe that now, but here is a collection of some the hundreds of costumes that were designed and made especially for each ballet.

Could they be transformed into paper sculptures, could the colour combinations be transformed into my design work and paintings, somehow they will have an influence, my creative mind is like a sponge, its absorbs everything around me so that one day it will be expressed in some form again as I continue along this creative path

sunset and sea

I enjoyed a most creative day with a dear friend of mine in her studio.   She is a felt maker, and we sat together , chatted about our creative endeavours, and  what was inspiring us, we pulled out lovely coloured wools, my selection inspired by the beautiful sunsets down at the sea that I had been photographing over the month I had off from work.   I had gathered a stone that was really special to me and the sunsets themselves so significant.  So away we went, laying out the strands of wool in the sunset hues, soaping and rubbing.  I knew I wanted some kind of tendrils, not sure why, but now I can see.  My finished pouch that holds my treasured stone has taken on the life of a sea creature, perhaps an anemone e or a squid like being.  I am so pleased with the piece, it feels so special and has become a very treasured object.