Thursday, April 26, 2007


Haven't posted anything much of late as I haven't been doing much except some drawing and a few odd bits and bobs. Earlier this week I was asked if I'd like to join a charm swap being hosted by member of my Yahoo group and I felt like doing a little something so I decided I'd join in. ;o) These are my charms, the bases are threepenny bits nad sixpences. The scanner doesn't cope with scanning these knobbly babies very well but hopefully you'll get the idea!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

AB Spread

This is my spread in the latest round of the Literatura Infantil AB RR I'm participating in. This time the book is The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner, which I didn't manage to read so was a little stumped as to what to do. After checking it out online I discovered that the stone of the title is part of a bracelet so I decided I would draw a hand and then add a bracelet. Voila!
I used acrylic paint as the background and then drew (again and again!) in pencil until I was relatively happy (there's still something a bit odd about where the fingers join the hand), went over it in pen and then this morning I hunted about and found some bits to make the bracelet with. I've no idea what colour the stone should be although I gather it is a tear drop shape so hopefully Alis (whose book this is) will allow me this bit of artistic licence!!

Sunday, April 15, 2007


My last Kiss Me Kate drawing is a sketch of the opening set for the show. The perspective is a bit cockeyed but if you've not seen the stage you'd never know!

Friday, April 13, 2007


This is the second day in a row that I've drawn something. :o) Another backstage Kiss Me Kate drawing, this time of part of my messy table in the dressing room. I'm quite pleased with what I've done but feel more pleased about the fact that I did it in a room full of people, most of whom don't have an inkling about my artistic leanings. I didn't feel bashful at all, I just plunged in and it felt great!

Thursday, April 12, 2007


I fished out this little notebook today, I started using it for drawing purposes back in the New Year. I want to try and get back into a daily sketching habit again to try and improve my drawing skills and so I whipped my book out in the dressing room tonight and drew this rivetting subject - the bottle of Febreze for destinkying my costumes after the performance each night! No great shakes but just wanted to share the fact that I'm doing something creative again. FIL's death has made me reassess some of my thoughts about my creativity which I won't share here because I'm not entirely certain I could explain them adequately at the moment but this first little sketch, or rather the act of doing the sketch, is representative of how I've been feeling.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Altered Egg

I've got a few outstanding art commitments that I'm working on and this is one of them which I completed this afternoon - an altered Easter egg swap running on my Yahoo group. We were sent a little polystyrene egg each, they had a yellow/green paper covering with rabbits on and a little bit of yellow ribbon to hang them from. We could alter them in any which way we liked. I knew I didn't want to do anything glitzy, sparkly or sequinny and given that we've just inherited eight hens this is what I came up with:

The base is half of a cigar box that I gessoed and inked. I gessoed the egg and then painted it with acrylic paint, hacked off the end with my craft knife and used more acrylic for the inside and the yolk on the spoon. Then I just wired the egg cup and spoon to the box base. It was a little difficult to get a decent picture but this is pretty much the best of the bunch!