Monday, 25 May 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Beautiful old lilac from our yard., 2. #dailyproject #dailyproject, 3. Untitled, 4. CAST. Cornubian Art & Science Trust. Studios. Enviable, even with the chill., 5. Acua-tinta - 2015 - 80, 6. Or this. #sketchbook #watercolor #painting #flowers #farmersmarketgoods #try #howtopaintflowersnotcute, 7. Long weekend = finally time to stitch!, 8. SN200536, 9. 20140806_203548, 10. #emilionanniartista, 11. Untitled, 12. P1080226, 13. Still life with bouquet, embroidered horse, and beaded flowers, 14. at journey's end, 15. May 19/15, 16. Untitled, 17. Untitled, 18. sketchbook riffs, 19. White flower, by Cristina - DSC09651, 20. 20150329_153505

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  A Happy Monday to you - it is a rather muggy, occasionally sunny day here on this bank holiday. Many thanks as always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. Please follow links to discover more.

I am taking a few days off this week, but am also working on new ideas, making some small-scale pencil drawings, gathering inspiration - I never really stop.

Thanks again to everyone for visiting my shop recently, much appreciated. More packages are going out tomorrow. Always a pleasure.

Have a good week ahead and more soon.

Friday, 22 May 2015

thank you

storyteller - miniature embroidery portrait (other side)

'storyteller' (sold) - the alternate or reverse side of this miniature portrait.... I would be happy to display this work either 'right side' or 'other side'.

My shop update has kept me very busy and thanks to everyone for your purchases and visits. If you have yet to take a look - please do and note all embroidery is at special prices only until June 1st.

I've sent a batch of parcels off to places near and far. I'm happy to reserve work and answer questions, as always, so do get in touch.

So now I am looking forward to taking a bit of time off next week (half-term), but will be quietly working on new ideas too. And next week I'll tell you more about my plans for June.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

a wistful song

'a wistful song' - a larger embroidery portrait

a very detailed work, with so many tiny twists and turns of leaf and face..... this will be in my shop tomorrow (updating at 6pm).

All embroidery works will be offered at a special price - until 1st June.

I have a lively variety of paintings too, I am pleased with how my paintings are evolving.... I look forward to showing more work tomorrow.

Monday, 18 May 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday
1. Waldgarten "Pupuce"- Berlin Fohnau, 2. Stitched Stories - Verfolgen Sie die Ereignisse...., 3. to tao-te king, 4. mantas de retalhos, 5. purple, 6. may182015, 7. between rock pool cracks, 8. Quiet Talk, 9. 👀🌛➰ #liedirkx #skypedoodles #sketchbook, 10. New dollhouse wallpaper #doll #dollhouse #wallpaper #porcelain #handmade #hemligdolls, 11. Splash Down, 12. # 3357 "Paper 33", 13. 1DSC_0005, 14. can't sleep, 15. Sketchbook, 16. somelight, 17. Untitled, 18. Acua-tinta - 2015 - 68, 19. #process #paintingoverolderpainting #lifeinathens  #chair #home #startingapainting #acrylics  #painting, 20. IMG_20150214_175346

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Hello, a happy Monday to you - it's a breezy, chilly sort of sunny start to the week here. I've got a feeling May and April swapped weather patterns this year. Many thanks as always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. Please follow links to discover more.

It's a busy week for me as I complete work and get everything ready for my shop update on Wednesday. I have a lively, lovely mix of work to offer this month and I hope you will make time to take a look - and the time for this update will be: 6pm UK time.

Also please note I will be offering all my embroidery artworks at a special price - for a limited time only - until the end of May. This is a rare opportunity to purchase an embroidery piece at a special price, and as I am taking a short break from my stitching until July........

There will be a chance for me, I hope, to share a few more previews with you tomorrow. Have a good start to your week.


Sunday, 17 May 2015


trio on wall

a small group of three recent paintings: memoir (left), echo (above right) eve (below right)

I put these temporarily on my wall to see how they looked as a trio.

Dense layers of paint are worked into the surface to create subdued, evocative tones.

You will be able to see all three in more detail when they are in my shop (Wednesday).

Meanwhile, here is a closer look at echo:

echo - acrylics on cotton (on card)

Friday, 15 May 2015

in a landscape

As you may know - even if you glance at my work just once in a while - I work in different yet overlapping ways. My embroidery is very much about detail and storytelling, and it is about craft. I have worked hard at developing my own style of stitching over a number of years and feel that I have reached a certain level of expertise.

And then there is the painting..... which means a lot to me. My paintings, in differing ways, explore a more ambiguous story or telling, they tend more and more toward the abstract. My thinking is not to over-think. As a young student looking at large-scale paintings in public galleries I felt my best way into understanding a painting was not to look at the whole thing exactly, or if I did I would squint or look at it sideways. I was interested in details within, a certain colour, a fold in a painted dress, or a coming together of brushstrokes, as a few examples. I still look at paintings this way: I look to find areas and details, colours that I can relate to in the moment of looking.

For the past few years I've been experimenting with different forms, traditional styles and so on. But I know I tend toward exploring what matters to me as an explorer, a maker of images, and because I want to make work that says: I've come on a journey, I've been on a quest to find something, big or small. I like to make paintings that are dense and have interesting marks and colour choices. Landscape suggests to me a space without neat borders, whether filled with trees or concrete. I am interested in the changing colours of the English landscape and how landscape painters of the past have used colour to convey certain moods.

child in a landscape

child in a landscape

figures in a landscape

figures in a landscape

a lady and a gentleman

a lady and a gentleman

These works will be in my shop next Wednesday.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

miniature embroidery portraits

the sun is sleeping in the trees

the sun is sleeping in the trees

a miniature embroidery portrait

two miniature pieces

and I challenged myself to make a brooch with a similar feel - yet ever smaller, indeed tiny details.... this took a few attempts, to get just the look I wanted.

Monday, 11 May 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. where i come from, 2. LauraPainting05-10-15, 3. wip, 4. RIDDLES FROM THE CONDUCTOR, 5. More from the studio, 6. More from the studio, 7. Abstract flower, by Carlos - DSC09573, 8. 1994, 9. về thăm bà, 10. forms from the street, 11. Many character, 12. Untitled, 13. Paulines 2, 14. Sin título, óleo sobre lienzo, 41 x 33 cm., 15. Ham House, 16. a new rug?, 17. les pivoines, 18., 19. Anne Frank:  1945, Bergen-Belsen  /  Ann O'Neal 1945:  Greenville, Illinois, 20. Girl with white umbrella, by Gardênia - DSC09547, 21. May 8/15, 22. 1DSC_0001, 23. ARTMUC 2015, 24. Painted Middle Myling, a commission. Waiting for this ones eyes to arrive, they are a darker brown. #handmade #porcelain #doll #ceramics #hemligdolls #myling, 25. .

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Hello again, it's Monday - a cloudy yet mild start to the week here.... I hope you find some inspiration in this mosaic and as always thanks to my Flickr contacts. Please click on the links to discover more.

I've just spent the morning stitching away and have many more stitches to create over the week ahead - I am aiming to make a particularly special selection of embroidery for my next shop update. There will be paintings too. This week, as I continue to make and consider, I'll begin to share here some glimpses of the new work.

My next shop update will be a week on Wednesday - so that's Wednesday 20th May - time to be decided.

Have a good start to your week.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

tiny books

tiny book pages

 the conversation can be quite a detailed way of exploring imagery

tiny book
the conversation can be more abstract

tiny books - cover view

 The tiny books I work in are handmade, using fabric, paint, paper and thread. They vary in size but are all less than 10cm tall. Some are simply painted fabric covers with a single signature of pages within. I've also made a few more complex books with spines. I prefer the simpler books because they open easily to work on pages. I use sketchbook paper and then add layers of extra paper and collage so that the pages become heavier.

 tiny book

I'm always considering my personal response to looking at art history painting, especially portraits. I tend toward the playful but there can be layers of ideas. The pages are my way of exploring ideas of history, how people saw themselves in the past, how we look back on culture, how culture maintains certain ideas etc....

tiny book

What can I do but put something of myself in the frame, or on the page, and consider it against what has come before.....

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Notes on drawing with thread

tiny figure

tiny figure - perhaps the most detailed smaller figure I have stitched (so far).... here you see the reverse side or alternative story. As my stitching ideas have evolved so more than ever do I feel sharing the 'other side' is part of the work - so now I often don't add a backing to a piece. There are times when I will add a backing, not to conceal but to give support when needed. It does depend on the shape and the process, the stages an individual piece went through to become 'complete'. Each piece is different. I improvise and go with the flow, which is why I knew some years ago I would not be able to promise to repeat designs.

tiny figure

This dainty woman has tiny-tiny faces on her gown. 

It is always tricky for me to predict outcomes. When I sit down to stitch I may have a particular size and idea in mind, but will always go with the flow of stitching. I cannot be too rigid, but need to work with the beginning few 'marks'. When I begin I start at the head and then I have an idea of who I am working with.

Sitting down to work I often feel something akin to stage fright. It is always a bit like pulling off a magic trick, or creating a dance in stitch. My dance partner is my sewing machine, a basic yet sturdy partner and we depend on cooperation to make good things happen. As much as I do enjoy stitching by hand, I find the process of drawing with a sewing machine quietly exhilarating, foot on pedal, working at a different speed but having to take great care.

There are frustrating days when no matter how I try the stitches just don't come to life in the way I want. I know what or who I am looking for, so that when I stitch a face and see the face is 'one of my people', I know I can proceed. If it was always easy to just sit down and stitch then my enthusiasm would not be so great. There are two essential tensions: the never knowing if I can pull it off and the tension of thread and machine needle.

Monday, 4 May 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday aa

1. lack and wright, 2. Sakura, 3. Untitled, 4. Bettgeschichten #atelierseltner, 5. Untitled, 6. ., 7. Untitled, 8. Untitled, 9. Edith and Harold in the Grass, 10. 36 Mountains, Galerie Le Monte-en-l’air, Paris, France, 11. Broche en cobre y madera, 12. 8, 13. 1972, 14. della Robbia - reliefs from Il Duomo, 15. All boxed up and ready to go, 16. Awaiting Swan Lake, 17. -, 18. Untitled, 19. the safety pin, 20. Untitled

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Hello, a happy May Monday to you - a sunny start to the week on this bank holiday. I woke up early and sat on the kitchen step, enjoying the sunshine, drinking my tea and looking at the flowers blooming in pots. A thoughtful, light-filled start to my week. Many thanks always to the artists and photographers featured in the mosaic for this Monday. As always I encourage you to discover more by clicking on links.

My apologies for not posting yesterday - I had planned to share a post about my tiny books project but will get to that some time this week instead.

I am continuing on with new painting and stitching this week. Over this bank holiday weekend I have been hand-stitching, many, many wool french knots to make a piece for our home - I now have sore fingers from all the tugging of needle/wool, but so far it is working out and will share photos some time soon.

You may be very aware of the election happening this week in the UK - I am looking forward to walking to the polling station with my daughter who will be voting for the first time. I encourage you to go and vote! (I am not going to state here who I am voting for, keeping this space politically neutral.)

Have a good start to your week!

Friday, 1 May 2015

yellow room

yellow room

yellow room - acrylics on linen (on card)

a painting that explores ideas I return to quite often - paintings within painting, abstraction and colour, historical and today.....

I've made a start on a few new paintings this week - and new stitches too..... I hope to share more with you next week.

On Sunday I will be sharing a post about my tiny books series. Have a good weekend.