Thursday, 23 March 2017

Interview with Nathalie Kalbach

Today you can find a fun interview with me on Nathalie Kalbach's website. I have been working with Nathalie's stamps and stencils for quite some time now and you can see details of some of the spreads above in a Picmonkey collage.

She contacted me recently to ask if she could interview me for her site in a series of interview with artists called Nice to Meet You and of course, I was delighted. You can find it all here. The page isn't up yet but it should appear on Nathalie's blog soon.

Thanks so much to Nathalie!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Spring Within

It's back to winter outside. The snow has iced up and there is a very cold wind. Inside the house however spring has arrived with this lovely bunch of daffodils.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Endless Beauty

It's not often that I post twice in one day, but this day was too special and wonderful. After the glorious morning snow it continued to give us blue skies and sunshine. We took Flora for a very long forest walk that she loved and that was breathtaking. We met no one and were walking on virginal snow. No words for so much beauty. So pictures will have to tell the tale. Enjoy!

This last one is my personal favourite. All the pictures this afternoon were taken with an iPhone 6Plus. It did an amazing job.

A Few Isolated Snow Showers

When the weather forecast told us to expect some isolated snow showers overnight, I didn't think I would be greeted by more than 5" of snow when I opened the door this morning to let the dog out. In some places there was substantially more due to drifting. The birds were desperate for their food so I duly obliged.
It was still snowing heavily at that stage and the above picture was taken through the window. Technically it is rubbish but I love the effect and this is what it truly looked like.

Would Flora want to go for her walk? The answer was a resounding yes. It seems we have acquired a bouncy Romanian snow dog. In some places the snow was higher than her but she didn't let that deter her and she soon figured out that walking in our footsteps was the best way to go. However at time she bounced ahead, jumping up above the snow. I didn't manage to capture those moments because I was too nervous about the effect of all that snow and wind on the camera.
 Here she is though: one very small dog out in the big white world. 
 It's now some time later and the sun has come out, interspersed with more snow. Frost is forecast for tonight so it should be an interesting time tomorrow morning. Time to start shovelling some of that snow before the drive becomes a skating ring.
Flora and I however are already looking forward to our next snow walk!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Glorious Mess

The prompt on Colour Me Positive 2017 this week is: Recognize the beauty in yourself. Not an easy one but I eventually found a quotation from Elizabeth Gilbert that I could work with. It reads: "Embrace the glorious mess that you are".  It seemed rather appropriate for me as there is no denying that I work best when surrounded by mess. It sparks my creativity. As the spread was meant to be all about me I added a self portrait that came from an earlier art journal page. I had it printed by Social Print Studio.
The background was largely stencilled using both sequin waste in two different sizes for the circles as well as the large stencil from the May 2016 Stencilgirl Club. I collaged on the self portrait,  images from both a magazine and a vintage Technical Drawing book, and then added the words and letters cut from a variety of sources.
I brightened up the background with some sparkling paint by Martha Steward. You can just about see it on the pages. It was combined with fluorescent pink paint.
 I've long wanted to use the image with the horse and for some reason it felt right on these pages. I found a matching postage stamp that I was given some time ago.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Here come the daffodils and Flora

Tomorrow it will be exactly 4 months since Flora's arriva,l and  oh, how she has come on in that time. She is gaining in confidence day by day and her walking on a lead is steadily improving. A few days ago she even met another dog and gave her a friendly greeting. That was a first!
Both she and I can't wait for some real spring weather to arrive which I'm hoping will be more to her liking (and mine!). At the moment it is still quite cold and wet but at least the daffodils are almost out and will begin to provide some cheerful colour in the garden.
It is so hard to capture Flora at full speed. She can't half shift on those small legs and by the time I click the shutter she is no longer where I thought she might be. I'll get it right one of these days.
However she is getting very good at posing for the camera!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Yellow Heart

This last week hasn't been one of the best of my life. On Monday I had an altercation with our garage door which I lost, resulting in a big bump on the head and an enduring headache that only today seems to be diminishing a bit. The weather has been atrocious and we had no electricity all day  yesterday due to maintenance work. It does make you realize just how many activities require power. Despite having loaded up the iPad with a talking book and having a hand quilting project on the go things weren't the same. The house was freezing and we were obliged to get some take-away food (not that I minded too much about that!).
Today isstill wet as you can see on the above pictures but the temperature felt a little bit more springlike and I'm hoping these primroses won't be drowned before the real spring weather arrives. They are bought ones but there are signs that the ones that are in the ground are also coming.


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