Tuesday, 23 March 2010
I mentioned the Isles of Scilly in the previous post. They are an archepelago of islands about 28 miles from Land's End, Cornwall, UK. There are five inhabited islands and numerous uninhabited ones.
The 2 photos below were taken from the helicopter that ferries passengers to and from the mainland.
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Both these paintings were inspired by the Isles of Scilly looking from Tresco towards the Eastern Isles. The Eastern Isles are small and inhabited by seals and birds. The sand is almost white and on a sunny day the clear waters are the most amazing blues and aquamarines and the sparkle on the water intense. The mount board I used had a slight texture that helped make the sparkle. I use Caran d'ache and Daler Rowney oil pastels. They are not as hard as some oil pastels. I like it that they become softer while working as I like to blend the colours on the board.
Monday, 15 March 2010
Friday, 12 March 2010
Monday, 8 March 2010
I made these pieces from little bits of handpainted silk, merino fibres, angelina, some funky yarns and some metallic threads and fabric. I love the range of colours and textures.
They were sandwiched between layers of Solvy held in place by lots of pins. Then rows of machine stitching were done in both directions. When rinsed the Solvy dissolved away and thankfully the new 'fabric' stayed together.
This was our project for the afternoon at the Surrey branch of the Guild of Silk Painters.
We brought various goodies along with us to use and to share. Jenny whose idea it was brought 2 lovely scarves that she had made this way. We had a good supply of tea and little cupcakes made by Jane, whose house we invaded. Great fun was had by all.
The fabric can be made lighter with spaces like a honeycomb or denser so that you don't get gaps showing. Lovely for scarves, book covers or bags.
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Last week I visited the RHS gardens at Wisley. It was a bright and sunny day but with a chilly wind. The tropical section of the glasshouse was hosting a display of butterflies called Flights of Fantasy. What a contrast going in to a hot and humid area from the cold outside and trying to spot the butterflies amongst exotic foliage through steamed up glasses and camera lens!
Monday, 1 March 2010
both from Holland
Indian Summer Lampwork Bracelet by karagems France
Jingle ring Burgundy sage by Maisychain UK
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