Thursday, 31 December 2015

winter sketchbooks

winter sketchbooks

gouache and layers of papers

winter sketchbooks

pages in my winter sketchbooks - may I wish you a very happy new year, all best wishes for 2016.

There will be just a small update to my shop, on Wednesday January 6th - just a few new pieces to start the new year.

I'll be back with a mosaic as usual on Monday. Thanks for all your kind comments here, thanks for visiting in 2015, for keeping this blog alive and sharing.....


Thursday, 24 December 2015

Season's Greetings

winter sketchbook

winter sketchbook

May I wish you a happy Christmas and a peaceful, delightful festive season - - I'll be taking a short break from blogging here and will be back in the new year.

Meanwhile, I have shared a new 'tiny winter' poem - over at my nevering writing blog.

Monday, 21 December 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. 2015-12-21_05-42-47, 2. Untitled, 3. Il faut être léger comme l'oiseau et non comme la plume" Paul Valéry . Série noir, 4. Untitled, 5. Untitled, 6. Today is the first day of winter break (I teach kindergarteners full time) - back to my work😃 #wip #embroidery #embroideryart #bordado #broderie, 7. Coming to the end of this sketchbook! But hey, its Christmas soon :), 8. winter, 9. nu atelier assis fond vert, 10. Dec 18/15 #stitch, 11. Untitled, 12. Untitled, 13. ona, 14. Fachwerkhof, 15. road to nowhere, 16. comfort zone, 17. caput, 18. sketchbook, 19. "OVERLOOK" First Proof (detail), 20. Next generation of paper houses waiting for paint., 21. winters robin. 12x23 cm. gouache on watercolor paper., 22. riffs, 23. Untitled, 24. dark interior, 25. Untitled

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

A mosaic of inspiring images for you to start this festive week..... many thanks as always to the artists and photographers featured. Please follow links and discover much more....

A wet and windy start to the week here, still mild and not particularly wintry.... I am busy baking, still have presents to wrap and things to finish knitting and stitching. A stack of library books wait for my attention.

Thanks again to everyone who has purchased artwork from me - this year and especially recently. Much appreciated! All packages are now sent. I'll not be posting now until the new year (from January 4th).

Have a very good rest of December, however you may be celebrating - look out for one or two new blog posts here and over at nevering.

all best wishes, Cathy

Sunday, 20 December 2015

in search of winter

woodland this December

local woodland this December

We're caught in a mild spell, in many parts of England. Yesterday it was so warm I could have gone for a walk with no coat. I pegged my washing in the garden and noted (sadly) green fly on the hellebore flowers that grow in a pot by our kitchen door....

A place that inspires me is our local parkland and woodland - there is no deep forest to get lost in but there are patches of wooded areas and these I like very much. At this time of year I had hoped to go walking with my camera and take photographs of frost on bark, ice on leaf - perhaps a snowy blanket across the park view. But it is not to be. Yesterday I went walking and found myself in a place of bare trees and lush green. The moss is thick, the grass thicker. It is very muddy - swampy in places. To be honest, it's taken me a while to get used to just walking by myself, where no one else is, with maybe at times only one or two other people appearing. For a while it felt odd to be so alone (suburban-anxiety perhaps). Though I like to walk with company and sometimes do, I think I like just taking my own route. I have come to enjoy my solitary walks as a time for thinking and noting the details of the landscape. If at first I might have even pretended I had a dog (who had just wandered off into the thicket), I now am a bit more relaxed about taking my time, being where I am and seeing things. There are days I take my camera and days I am just walking. Yesterday it was so mild I should have visited with a picnic and a good book.

Things I noted in the woodland: thick mosses, swampy mud, trodden in autumn leaves. There are red berries on some holly but not on all holly. Any spectacular seed heads have now been blown to oblivion by near-constant windy weather. The streams are thriving but not too full. There are fat buds on a few trees. Not especially wintry at all.

If the weather cannot provide a little glitter - then I have made my own, simply:

a bowl of silver-painted fern

There are many dried fern leaves about - so I have painted them with silver and separated the individual frond pieces. These are displayed in a small handmade bowl, a bowl I made some years ago.

Meanwhile, I am keeping a winter sketchbook. So I can at least remember and imagine a winter that feels perhaps a little more wintry....

winter sketchbook

winter sketchbook

Monday, 14 December 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Reading thinking #draweveryday #reading #livingroom, 2. Black window, 3. simplicity of sketchbooks, 4. brother and sister forever, 5. xmas cards, 6., 7. xmas sm-1, 8. Bouquet #3, 9. arched window, 10. under the magnolia. gouache. 4x6 inches. 140 lb wc paper., 11. Tattooed sisters, 12. Dec 11/15 #stitch, 13. first snow # 4, 14. Trying out my new @tate watercolour paper #watercolour #paper #draw #painting #patternplaces #marylouiseevans #contemporaryart, 15. Little Tree is Up, 16. #art #watercolor #aqua #colour #brush #china #antique #illustration #drawing #sketchbook #moleskine #diary #instagram #instapic #beautiful #vase #tea, 17. Untitled, 18. Leo & Pipo, by Niels Kalk II, 19. kitchen, 20. boy & red blanket

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Hello, a happy Monday to you - another mild December day here, a bit dull and damp, but not particularly wintry.... I have a hunch we'll have a mild Christmas and then a late cold snap next February. But I am often wrong - when it comes to the weather! I see many other places (Canada, USA) are also experiencing mild temperatures. Anyway, enough of the weather - let me once again thank all my Flickr contacts and especially the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. Please follow links to discover more.

As you may know, I am not updating my shop this week and am taking some time off from the usual busy-busy. So instead of sharing new artwork with you I will be sharing other things.

There will be a new 'grandmama story' - to be posted over at my nevering blog tomorrow! You may be familiar with my 'grandmama stories' - but if not I hope you will still enjoy reading.

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing here some notes on inspiring artists and places. And a few sketchbook pages.

Thanks again to everyone who has recently purchased artwork from my shop. All packages are now sent - and I am happy to continue to send out orders until 22nd December.

Have a good week and more soon.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

thank you

vintage baubles

vintage baubles on silver birch twigs

A thank you to everyone for visiting my newly-updated shop yesterday. Your interest is very much appreciated. I've just posted a batch of packages today. A reminder: I am happy to post out as quickly as I can, up to December 21st. After the 21st I'll not be going to the post office until January 4th.

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing here some notes on the artists and places that inspire me, and perhaps a post or two on my own Christmas crafting.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

new work

a group of new figure works

a group of figure works on linen

A new series of figures - these are small-scale and on linen. Please look at the above as examples of this new series - they may not all be in my shop update tomorrow, but some will and there may be others not in this group. I've yet to complete a few - and so am making final choices tomorrow morning.

After a taking a bit of a break from considering the figure it has been a pleasure to explore again. I'm interested in fleeting moments, colour, abstraction. Working on a small scale, I like to think of these as snapshots, perhaps blurred as the figures walk or turn.... Inspiration comes from looking at finer, grander paintings and translating them into my own world. I look to the painters of the past without wishing to recreate their past.

I hope you may enjoy seeing the final selection tomorrow. And there will be more in the new year.

still life with asymmetric old jar

still life with asymmetric old jar

Continuing on with my still life explorations..... I recently purchased a very old ginger jar - from a guy who digs old dumps for bottles, pots etc... I liked the asymmetric shape of the jar and its imperfections. It would have been thrown away as not good enough. And there's something humble and interesting about it. 

pale winter vessels

pale winter vessels

Quiet winter tones, interesting, gentle, meandering lines. Little hints of warmer earth colours.

These are just some of the works that will be in my shop update tomorrow - the last update for this year! Many thanks always.

So, looking forward to tomorrow - oh and I'm just about to write a post over at nevering. I'll be sharing a new text/stitch work over there today. There will be three text/stitch works in my shop tomorrow.

Monday, 7 December 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Old December, 2. The Alpine Factory 3/3, 3. Lichtfänger, 4. advent calendar 2015 - day 3 and day 4, 5. Mezzi busti, 6. Untitled, 7. Dec 5/15 #stitch #japanesemaple #december #lakeontario #toronto #ontario, 8. japanese hemp paper and weavings, 9. Untitled, 10. Fog and frost this morning., 11. paysage, 12. Siglufjörður, 13. Nikolaus, 14. just out of the kiln, 15. morning light, 16. nothing cold about it, 17. slow, 18. Dream... #instantwerpen #light #window #vitrine #p3top #magesticsquares, 19. One minute #drawings #lifedrawing, 20. Untitled

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Hello, another December Monday comes around - and a mild start to the week here. (Parts of the UK have suffered terrible weather over the past few days, with record-level rainfall and flooding - thinking of all the people affected). A little dampness and murkiness at the start of the day here, but really nothing at all to complain about. I doesn't feel like winter, but it is another one of those days that could be October, March, or December. However, my festive mood persists and this week's mosaic gives a little hint toward sparkle, a celebration of light and texture. Thanks always to the artists and photographers featured. Please do follow links, if you have a moment, and discover more.

This week is a special one - as always I can't quite believe it but here I am about to update my shop for the last time - this year. I'll be updating my shop this Wednesday at 2pm. Thanks always for taking a look and many thanks to everyone who has purchased recently, so very much appreciated. Just a reminder: I am not reserving artwork during December. 

I hope to give a little preview of new artworks tomorrow, if time allows. I really want to offer a lovely selection of special pieces, and hope you may enjoy seeing.

Beyond this week: I will be working in my sketchbooks and beginning to quietly make new work over the holidays, considering a few personal projects. I'm also giving myself some time off to spend with family. Just a day or two, but I am looking forward to it. This year has gone by so quickly as my family and I have been especially busy, working hard - it's really been a year of making progress and taking new steps for all of us.

Have a good start to your week.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

new work - small cups series

Yes cups - I think of all the vessels I enjoy collecting (both vintage and studio) it is the cup that makes me smile the most. There's a certain feeling of peaceful home. If perhaps my bowl paintings are meditations my cup paintings are moments of pleasure (a good brew).

Small in scale, these tiny paintings measure just 12cm x 9cm and are mixed media* on linen. Each cup has its own individual feel and shape. This is an ongoing series. Tomorrow you will be able to have a better look at each - I'll be adding about six cup paintings to my shop.

here's a quick snap of four cups together.... (they will be offered individually).

Also for this week I have a rather different still life: I've had this idea nudging about in my sketchbooks for a while.

'winter trees - a still life'

this work measures 23cm x 20cm - so larger (for me). It is again mixed media* on linen.

winter trees - a still life

 *mixed media: I use mostly acrylics and gouache, perhaps with a little pencil, or watercolour. The combinations vary from work to work. There's also the gesso foundation/priming to each work. I find it easier to describe my work as mixed media, but just wished to clarify for anyone who is new to my work or was unsure.

Thanks always - so shop update is tomorrow at 2pm. As we are now in December (and holidays are on the horizon) I am not reserving any artworks - this is to allow anyone interested to purchase immediately and receive promptly. (I'll be reserving again from January). Thanks for your understanding.

Meanwhile, I have shared some new text/stitch works over at my blog nevering today.