Friday, 17 May 2013
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Thanks to Ruthie for pointing me in the direction of the Human Elephant Foundation. The home page images of elephant sculptures in situ are amazing. Andries Botha creates life-sized sculptures made from recycled materials, which are situated in various locations worldwide.
... to encourage every person to do something meaningful with his or her life. It can be something small at home. Or a major global solution. Something personal or something collaborative. Whatever it is, it should be life affirming, and it should be a worthy legacy to leave the next generation.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Saturday, 11 May 2013
...today starts the real journey...
The first phrase of a poem written by S for his beloved... and having spent time composing her a tender expression of their relationship he wanted a special way of presenting it to her & liked the idea of a canvas. Three kinds of butterfly are mentioned though we didn't want them representing directly...
It could have been finished at this point, but I felt it needed a little something... so i went back to the butterfly wing snippets and scattered them in the space that needed filling.
And it seemed that she liked it too...
Suzi you made pretty girl cry like forever...
Sunday, 28 April 2013
My sister has informed me that she now knows how often I add anything new in my shops... yes she's checking up on me to make sure I do as much work as I say I do.... she's got an app for her phone...
If you want an app to keep an eye on your favourite etsy shops all you have to do to get one is go here
You can read about it here.
I'm still in the dark ages.
I just have a phone to make calls.
Friday, 26 April 2013
Did you know that "bookworm" in Finnish is "kirjatoukka"? or that in French it is "rat de biblioteque" ie library rat? Well now you do... It's written here on an old dictionary page that includes the french/english translation
And did you know "merisielu" in Finnish translates as "ocean soul"... someone who has a deep affinity for the sea & is at home there. The french/english translation for 'ocean' is on this page. I like the idea of there being a word on the printed page that relates to what I may write.
The first drafts were with watercolour: I like the muted tones with my photograph of old book spines... I think it conjures up the image of an old library or study, walls lined with bookshelves...& the unique scent as you turn ancient pages...
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
After a few false starts, I eventually decided on muted shades of green watercolour for the calligraphy... various tones reflecting the changing hues we see in nature... with embossed leaves falling down one side & settling across the bottom. One sycamore leaf was covered with copper... almost like a full stop, marking the end of one man's life here on earth.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
When I was doing the latest Forever Young canvas (back here) I dug out some old photos of a version I did years ago.... 1999 I think. Rolling back the years or what??!! This was for 21st birthday present and it had to be on black, which is always awkward to photograph.
It's been a while.... a rush of December orders.... dearest beloved at home for a month over Christmas... just got totally out of the habit again!
Monday, 10 December 2012
It is to be framed in a 12 x 12 inch frame, but we weren't sure whether the ribbon would be included inside the frame or not.... so, I left extra space at the top allowing the scroll to be trimmed from either top or bottom (or both) to fit.