Monday, 27 April 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. talk over tea, 2. Resta poco, 3. In my XL moleskine, 4. Where I stopped..., 5. protection, 6. Untitled, 7. all seems fading, 8. big painting, 9. fairy flower, 10. upload, 11. Garden Nights, 12. rise, 13. All the "LOG" Woodcut Blocks (4), 14. lonely teardrops, 15. gentle air, 16. Apr 25/15, 17. 1239, 18. Don't be afraid of the water! Mixing up some big puddles of paint today., 19. Untitled, 20. 20150422_090156

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Hello, it was a blue-skies, chilly start to the week here. We are having quite a bright spring, with needed rain forecast for this week. I am pleased to report my penstemon seeds have germinated - I have not tried growing these from seed before. It is my hope they will grow enough to flower this summer.

Thanks always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. It is a pleasure to look at other people's work and images, finding connections and inspiration. I encourage you to follow links and discover more!

And thanks to everyone for visiting my shop updated last week. I am so pleased with the encouraging response to my latest work, it means a lot to me. I've sent packages out last week and more today.

This week I am exploring new ideas and continuing with ongoing projects. I want to share more about my tiny books with you here. It seems just lately that I pick a colour to explore, for a week or so - and so this week will be mostly aqua green/blues. We shall see how that mixes.....

More soon. 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Shop Updated

A New Leaf

A New Leaf - a larger portrait in stitch

My shop has just been updated with a new selection of embroidery, still life paintings and smaller portrait paintings too. I hope you enjoy taking a look - any questions please contact by sending a message via the shop, happy to help.

I'm pleased with this new, fresh spring collection of work and am looking forward to exploring new ideas in the weeks ahead.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

new work - thinking small

bird in hand 

a miniature portrait in stitch - 'bird in hand'

I've written here before about my interest in working small - making miniature scenes, creating images on a smaller scale, whether in stitch or paint, or other media. Today I'm showing you a few of my miniature-inspired new pieces.

The challenge to create a small, detailed scene is one artists and artisans have tackled for centuries, and yet it seems so often these tiny works are live in the shadows, overshadowed by the big, 'great' works that take up space in galleries and museums. There is indeed a pressure on contemporary artists to literally fill space, take up room, make it big, make an impact.

In some ways I would say that the smaller scale is more associated with female work. As someone interested in the work of anonymous makers of the past, I am fascinated by the idea that so many small creations have got lost over time, simply because they were not considered to be 'much', or because they were made my an amateur, though talented craftswoman or artisan. There's a lot to consider with the whole size thing! And I won't let this ramble on into an academic essay, but it's something I may write about more in the future.

In the past several weeks I've been considering how I enjoy painting on a small scale. So I have been working on an ongoing series of smaller portraits. I've of course worked on small paintings before now,  (including my postcard series last November). This time around I am working on linen (on card) and creating detailed yet expressive, evocative, textured paintings that have colours inspired by art history paintings of the past. Tomorrow, when I update my shop, I will share with you several - but for now here are two from this small portrait series:

Monday, 20 April 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Life will divide us, 2. rb15p72, 3. Bobbypins #embroidery #bobbypins #stickerei #stitches #bordado #broderie #haarschmuck, 4. working with the blues, 5. ·, 6. _MG_1972, 7. on my desk, 8. Kaleidoscope, 9. Microflora, 10. Untitled, 11. sun day, 12. green hydrangea, 13. Katie (Can Painting), 14. ., 15. Caledonian Road, 16. My studio, 17. Untitled, 18. faith altar, 19. back side, 20. Couple on sofa acrylic sketch

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 A sunny Monday to you! Well the mini heatwave came and went, and now we are enjoying sunny yet breezy cooler spring weather. Can't complain. This week's mosaic is inspired by spring and textures, and repeating shapes.... hope you find plenty of inspiration by following links and discovering more. As always, many thanks to the featured artists and photographers via Flickr.

This morning I completed a new embroidery piece and I now have a lovely selection of new stitches to photograph. My shop update will be happening on Wednesday at 7pm UK time - expect to see new embroidery and a varied selection of original paintings. I hope to share a few more sneak peeks with you tomorrow.

Have a good start to your week.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

sketchbook Sunday

This Sunday I am sharing here some recent tiny book pages. These books have pages about 9cm tall. I use collage images, scraps of linen and paint to create conversations. These little conversations have something to do with a personal response to art history, age and beauty. Big ideas perhaps, but done playfully. I am not trying to be too serious about these tiny books. They do help me consider ideas, in a small way...

tiny book

 tiny book

tiny book pages

Friday, 17 April 2015

still life

brown pot with violas 

still life - brown pot with violas

Over the Easter holiday period I gave myself something of a challenge - to paint a small series of more detailed still life studies. And so I worked on these small scale works, one at a time, quietly. They were an interesting and thoughtful departure for me, considering my recent painting has been more expressive and influenced by abstraction. In some ways these were an opportunity to consider a more considered, stylized way of looking that can be found in older art history painting. Though I am not sure I will always wish to paint in such a detailed, traditional way I certainly enjoyed the process and will return to this meditative approach from time to time, at least.

I've always been drawn toward daintier flowers, wild flowers or weeds. Maybe those Flower Fairy books I collected as a child has something to do with it! Now we are enjoying a sunny spring, inspiration has come easily. Perhaps as the months go by I will look again at what is growing in my neighbourhood and be inspired by the smaller blooms of summer. I can imagine pink clover, daisies, self-heal - and then of course seed heads - may all come into future paintings.

You can see the full selection next Wednesday, when I update my shop. But for now here is one more:

still life - blue cup with forget-me-nots

Please note: As from last month, I am not reserving any works ahead of my shop update. I will make sure to put a time of the update here. This means that as the update goes 'live' all the work is available. Once my shop is updated please get in touch to reserve an artwork and I will be happy to help, reserving for up to two weeks. (I will see how this new way of updating/reserving works out over the next few months.)

Thursday, 16 April 2015


embroidery portrait

an embroidery portrait - oval in design. Her skirt has many tiny-tiny faces in sky blue. The colours of this piece have come from looking at Gainsborough paintings and the sunny days we have enjoyed recently.

walking figure

again, inspired by colours found in Gainsborough paintings - but combined with my own interest in abstraction: 'walking figure'. This is a smaller portrait at just 12.5cm x 9.5cm

These are just two of the several artworks that will be in my shop next Wednesday. I hope to share more new work with you over the days ahead, please bear with me as I complete the details, work carefully on new ideas and take photographs. I am enjoying this fresh selection with spring colours and more.

Monday, 13 April 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Spring with Van Gogh, 2. Acetate Drypoint, 3. Untitled, 4. first crocus!, 5. Swan lake, 6. Amongst the clothes, 7. DSC02521, 8. Kamomé seagull goes to NY, 9. ., 10. James Gillray., 11. industrial zone, 12. 0411, 13. Glorious spring!, 14. _MG_9995, 15. Apr 11/15, 16. 9th + poplar., 17. field from last year, 18. my heart, 19. veronica, 20. Colors from last week : blue

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Hello, a happy Monday to you - it has been a chilly start to the week here but we are apparently to expect a mini-heatwave this week. Well, we shall see! Thanks always to my Flickr contacts for their inspiration. You can follow links to discover more about the mosaic images.

This week I am getting back into the swing of things after taking a few days off over the past few weeks. I've revved up my sewing machine this morning and am already discovering new faces within stitch patterns. As well as exploring embroidery I am continuing with new still life paintings, and making time to work in my sketchbooks/tiny books. So a busy week ahead.

My next shop update is planned for Wednesday 22nd April. I hope to share some more work in progress and views of new pieces over the days ahead.

Have a good start to your week. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

work in progress

Work in progress, white violets, still life painting, acrylics.

a quick snapshot - just to give you some idea of what I have been working on.... I've been slowly working toward a series of new still life paintings, detailed studies. My son helped me take this picture, as I held a dainty white violet and a loaded paintbrush.

I'll share more about my new paintings - and embroidery - next week. Until then, enjoy your weekend.

Monday, 6 April 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday aa

1. Giles sculpture, 2. Work in progress. Linen thread. #crochet #sculpture #art #linen, 3. What We Carry Inside, 4. 源平桃, 5. rådyr croquis1, 6. flessione12_m, 7. portret of a branch | portret van een tak, 8. Never Ever Too Old, 9. next3, 10. "De kunstenaar en haar collectie", 11. Untitled, 12. Apr 3/15, 13. tdl (stoneware), 14. Japan, 15. upload, 16. cherry blossoms, 17. E.B. in the Kitchen, cut in the BP Portrait 2015 final round., 18. Packaging.., 19. Untitled, 20. Caderno

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A Sunny Monday to you! It is a bank holiday here in the UK, and untypically we have had fine, mild weather. I have been tidying the garden (broke my fork, need a new spade and fork!), sowed some flower seeds... I've also had the inspiration to make a start on a few new paintings.

Thanks always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. As always I encourage you to follow links and discover much more.

Have a good week ahead. I'll be a bit quiet here for just a little while longer, as I take a few days out to spend time with family. I am working on new ideas and quietly busying myself - so do expect to see new work shared here in the not too distant future! Hope you are able to enjoy some fine spring/autumn weather where you are.