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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wooden cutout

This is the next piece cut out in wood. I copied each layer, drawing then photocopying in size AO. An artist friend of mine has cutit out, there is some fine tuning to be done and then I will begin painting, which should be fun,

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Another piece

Here is the next piece I have sort of finished in an earlier incarnation and then.... I am talking to a friend about these possibly just being the maquettes and the pieces being cut out of wood...still puzzling about it but enjoying the process.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Alun Leach-Jones

Have idetified the origin of the drawings......Alun Leach-Jones. I should have remembered I look at his work a lot.
I found these two drawings in an old sketchbook and thought they would make small pieces in the new medium. The trouble is I am not sure if I copied them from Braque, or Ben Nicholson or ??? If anyone can tell me I would be grateful. I usually put a note beside them but didn't this time. I bought this lovely little bag at a Turkish shop recently. It is bright embroidery on the front set in black leather......trying to draw each day....and I realise that it is a rare day which does not include some kind of drawing. Had a lovely day with a friend Anne and Jo (Mystory) yesterday where we did very fast drawings. I loved the shapes within the fragments. I HAVE PLANS FOR THESE WATCH THIS SPACE ! Sorry no colour this time it belies the nomenclature of the site. Never mind....next post

Saturday, October 15, 2011

New Directions

I have talked about Elizabeth Murray and howI am playing with works influenced by her work I really love doing the drawings and may have to paint canvases as well. Sorry the above came out sideways....i have no idea why...? This is the beginning of working the drawing in a previous post in 3D In my excitement I spoke to someone about digital lazer cutting of wooden shapes.....It appears that it is out of my price range, so I am beginning with small pieces using cardboard and polystyrene. This is the work as it progresses. I think this may be "it" I am keen to begin the next one...a bit larger next time. In the meantime I have sent some designs to "Spoonflower". Digital screen printing on fabric....how exciting will that be. I will share when they come.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

For Smiling

These are not my images however I wanted to share I wish I had made these how wonderful they look

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Art in the 21st Century

While you can see this series through the internet, I am buying the dvds....they are so invigorating, actually seeing these somewhat avant guarde working and speaking about their work. I have been looking at Elizabeth Murray's work. I love the idea of making large works,these formed from individual shapes , hers are full of fun. So I will pursue the notion of the icecream cones I think. I get excited by seeing work on a large scale and then come to my small space so I have an enlargement on the pinboard. Then the one I am working on on the trestle Things are certainly bad when the only place to iron is on top of the guillotene! Nothing appears, however to be stopping me.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Butterfly'ing' again

Doing the washingup can take a long time, if you look out the window. I live in a small innercity house and I park my car in the back courtyard. Well, as I say, I looked out the window....and then had to get the camera. Then I had to collage them I had no idea what this was until I rotated it. Some time later I went down the street with the camera to take some photos for my new "Flowers" book. These 2 were just in my street My girlfriend of....?...years had a birthday recently and these were the place cards i made. It is amazing that for a declared 'colourist' I can be enjoy this structured graphic. My main concern for beginning this post was to ask advice for a bed-head/quilt I am making. I think that will be the next one. As there are more breakthroughs in medicine and we age the great fear seems to be some kind of dementia. I am sure that it is a common worry that we will "loose IT"! How to allay that fear is a constant battle. While I know some truly great and athletic minds have struggled with it, meaning that no amount of intellectual stimulation will keep it at bay for ever, I set myself tasks of memory. I am trying to memorize some Donne Sonnets with enormous difficulty. Though I worked as an actor, I never found memorizing easy, and the more anxiety associated with it, understudying for instance, the more difficult it was. I am encouraging myself by saying that this is the position for me now, lack of practice and very importantly lack of confidence. However it has awakened to the profundity of the metaphysicals especially Donne and my brothers recent death, ............... "One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally, And death shall be no more: death, thou shalt die." Next post will return to the mammoth question of what to do with the quilt on the bedhead!? However many times I try to space these paragraphs and lines out, it does not seem to work, so sorry it looks a little like James Joyce.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"House" sites

I have been surfing sites looking at interiors and lusted after so many.You can say goodbye to a productive life for the duration. It has caused me to really look at my own so I have included some to share. Often on these blogs or sites, they say there favourite "moments" in there house...so here goes... This is a chair covered in an indian table cloth, love the colours as you can imagine. The torsoes, or at least 2 of them have found homes. This is the first thing you see inside the hall. My Greek neighbour found it a bit overwhelming and that was when I first moved in...she said "too much stuff" throwing her hands in the air...what would she say now. This is the chimney breast in my bedroom, can not make a decision about the other walls. The painting is unfinished, living in a small house with a small studio challenges the desire to make big works of art, so they are stored in various rooms. This is an old pedestal which has been outside so I "played" Here it is "in situ" A friend told me about 35 years ago that my idea of decorating was to "never give the eye a rest" it is my mantra...have not shown you the walls with the paintings! How lovely to see the pink leaves coming on the maple outside..it may mean (but not necessarily) that the cold weather is over ....? While my neighbour has her vision of my house another dear friend wants to bring anyone who is depressed to see my house, saying it would cheer them up. Isn't that a beautiful thing to say!

Monday, September 5, 2011

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Stuff for "KOGO"

These are a couple of baby quilts I have finished for KOGO. It is a wonderful organisation generated by one woman in melbourne the idea is "Knit one Give One" now you may say "but that isn't knitting" and you are right, but they are bundling packages for new babies so it is so much faster to fulfill the great need. I just finished this little dog to go in the same bundle. Our Friday group had the challenge of "flowers" so I made a book with "Blurb" online using my mother's , friends and my art work. And the group of birds is growing....

Monday, August 29, 2011

Maldon

Maldon is an historical town built during the gold rush so is heritage listed. There are strict codes about building consequently it is truly picturesque. My friend Jeanette and her mother Mimi have a beautiful little cottage, in which they have maintained a simplicity and integrity in and about the house. I sat on the front verandah, in the sun ...just sewing...how good is that. Mimi is an artist and at the age of 95 complains that she is not spending enough time painting these days....still digging the garden though this is her newly finished studio on the side of the garage. One of the lovely things about friends you have known for a long time. Their houses become partly yours. That coupled with seeing things of yours that are in use or decorate the walls. This is the top of a little toran I made for their waiters window from the kitchen. I can not find the full picture of it at the moment but will put it on laterThis is the back of it, I have photos of the family taken over a period of time they are on fabric and sewn on the top . Jeanette is a great chef so it is not only the lovely surrounds but the delicious delights for the palate The duck eggs grown locally....what a life eh?