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07 February 2016

I need more alcohol!!

I'm all muddled headed - too many things going on, not least home life is topsy turvy, been a lot of yes/no/may be for weeks.  The yes bit is done and finished, but there is still a may be hovering around.

Its made it hard for me to make art, because I don't have any head space, and then when I do find it, I end up not doing what I should, I think for fear of getting that wrong, or that its too simplistic and I'm not challenging myself and developing as I intend.

So this is one of the side track things I played at.


I love it - its alcohol inks, a stencil and glossy photo paper.  Saw the technique on one of the Facebook groups I belong to, but ended up with, well I don't have that, or that, but let's give it a go.  There are only two colours in this, and it worked better that way.  Course in my haste forget to wear gloves, not that I'm keen on doing so, and ended up with gross black edgings to my nails.

The Material Girls have exciting time ahead, and I will tell you more after our meeting this week, but the work we've made for Rainham Hall, at long last can be seen - mhmm must get it out and check its all OK. - see the poster info below

When you actually see my pieces for The Materials Girls, and if you recall my previous work for Tales & Textiles - you might well understand the current splash of colour!  As we used to say as kids - I've gone a bit leery!!


27 January 2016

Paint Play and Computer Twiddles!!

Somewhat unexpectedly I find myself at home today instead of usual stitchy engagement. Car park being revamped and all the side streets full, so my companion and I decided, not walking miles, let's go home.  It cost me money though... on way home I decided to call in to the paper arts store, and bought some of these.


Yes I do have a bag of cosmetic sponges, but they soon disintegrate, plus I like the look of the tiny sharp point, so will give them a try.

I've been playing with paints... had the Gelli Plate® out for a play.  Ended up with about 20 prints of varying success.


I played with this one on the computer, mixing it up with a photo, and then mixing that result with another photo... it turned into this:


I may do things with this.... I do have specialist papers for an inkjet printer.


This piece is a different kind of computer play.  This is having stitch added to it, and if you are familiar with my art Facebook page you will see it in the heading. It is actually this:


I do really enjoy the non directed arty play, as in, just see what happens.  It may well also feed into an idea for a piece which is very specific.  Big challenge when the creative leanings are abstract, to make something which needs to be recognisable, but still retain the essence of what makes me tick.  I do abstract purely because its me, its what's in my head and flows out the fingers.... as a young child I would sit and cry in art lessons because I couldn't draw a tree or a butterfly.  These days I realise, much as I love beautiful artwork which is realistic, to actually do it, simply isn't me.

Got more ideas to play with, so think the paints will be coming out again today.


13 January 2016

What will the new Year bring....

Happy New Year
hopefully still in time to say that....
though when it ceases to be 'of the moment' I've no idea.


Well I made a decision over the Xmas break, thought about it for a few days to make sure it was right.
Decided not to go ahead with an exhibition opportunity.  I give such options a LOT of thought, as in a huge amount, possibly more than is necessary.  I then give them as much thought when I decide No.
This time it was telling me what to do.... realistically if you have a deadline, months in advance and little has been done towards it, that has to say something.  When you've ruled out being lazy, just not doing, excuses for dithering there has to be other reasons, and I guess the truthful and simplest is....actually I'm not very excited about it.
My initial ideas, the deadline, the challenge, none of it has the buzz. 
Then I looked closer at the schedule.  I'm a firm believer in doing as asked, but this time I found I can't comply with the additional commitments needed to put on an exhibition. 
Every aspect would be a struggle.  It comes down to my 'word of the year' a struggle simply isn't FUN.
Exhibiting isn't always about the status or any financial reward (oops told a joke there) - but the journey to the end item should be more joyful than heavy task.  So if I am to take on board I need more Fun in my life, then well.....

I have another project which I'm also not attempting.  This one is the opposite, does excite, does challenge, would love to give it a try, but the reality of time between notice of the project and the deadline its just not manageable.  So, equally sensible but different reasoning, means another No.


So settle back with the knowns for the year and out of the blue another opportunity comes along.  Details still to be known before I can think that one through and assess it properly. My process of over thinking to consider it, begins!  However, its nice to be thought of.... as in really nice to be thought of.

I have news to share though.....very hot off the press, sizzling.  More info to follow, but look out for more work from The Material Girls at Rainham Hall in February.

In the meantime him indoors has had success with a photo he took, standing outside our patio door at around 5am. We have two cats which wake up at silly o'clock, and have now got their master very well trained!  His fault, he will get up and give them biscuits as a pre breakfast snack.


I'm guessing he will get far more success than me - given that I've found four local photographic exhibition opportunities in the past month!  Plus FREE, yes free, workshops.