Monday, December 29, 2008
Here are my fabulous Secret Santa gifts : ) Someone has clearly noted well my passion for stationery, and for using water colours! The little pink cherry blossom notepad has the palest pink branches printed throughout, while the vibrant sunflower tin contains water colour pencils and will fit neatly into the back pocket of my handbag : )
Posted by clare at 10:00 AM
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I've been away from here for a while: I had not allowed at all for the fact that this December marked the tenth anniversary of the death of someone who had been very dear to me, plus what would have been his birthday, and that I would as a consequence find myself grappling ghosts metaphorically and in my dreams for much of the month.
Anyway, today is the winter solstice, and I have marked it as usual by decorating my christmas tree : ) I'm looking forward to the days growing longer again, and getting back to my sketchbook and that wacom tablet!
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Inspired by the news of heavy snowfalls in the north: ) My snowman is "forever blowing bubbles" ; )
Mainly for my own benefit, I'm going to include notes of how I did these. Today I began to discover special types of water colour layers to play with. Again, this started off with digital 2b pencil on the canvas, some of which I erased later on. It was followed by various layers of digital water colour, including the first which I used "wet entire layer" on. This is the layer with the snow laden sky, and palest pink tinged snow. The Hammers scarf and hat were painted on two separate layers to stop the colours mixing! 'Makes a change for having to wait patiently for paint to dry; )
Posted by clare at 10:27 AM
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
A small person has hung their Xmas stocking very early!
Posted by clare at 9:43 AM
Monday, December 01, 2008
For my advent calendar this year I'm going to try something a little different: I've set myself the challenge of making a seasonal image each day using my trusty Wacom pen and tablet and Painter! I've had these tools for quite a while now, but not spent the time really practising to become adept with them, so each time I pick them up it feels to me like starting anew. Anyway, the challenge of producing something new for here everyday in throughout advent seems a good way in : ). Oh, and I am sure I will be posting some "real" watercolours here, too!
Posted by clare at 4:45 PM
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Hi - I am very busy at the moment moving furniture around in my flat to install a plans chest! This is very exciting: I had been looking out for a compact plans chest to store water colour paper, paints, etc, etc for quite a few years, then came across a lovely one 10 days ago. Physically getting it into my flat has been an interesting challenge - not least because the cupboard used as an interim measure for the storage of said water colour paper could not be collected until today, and the plans chest was delivered on Saturday. So the past week has been a saga of moving furniture, contents of cupboard, etc around, and a consequence is that space and time for painting has not been easy to find, not to mention the scanner usually lives on top of cupboard/plans chest, so has also not been usable! Anyway, today should see getting my flat back into good working order.
Posted by clare at 8:32 AM
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Distorted Loop is a fab blog by my pal, Jonny: http://distorted-loop.com/ He always has the latest news about digital media tools (iphone, that type of thing), plus some fab interviews with interesting musicians like Banco Da Gaia, The Charlatans, Peter Gabriel. Enjoy!
Posted by clare at 1:58 PM
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Fortunately for me, I rarely see the clock in the small hours because I am generally asleep. I feel sorry for folks who suffer from insomnia - very debilitating I understand, and frustrating. Whereas when I do find myself awake in the middle of the night I tend to think of it as bonus reading time!
Posted by clare at 8:14 PM
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
New month, new blog project: ) In my eternal quest to never again have a migraine, this month I am exploring whether increasing the amount of sleep I do has any effect. This is something I've not considered before, given my natural dormouse tendencies - I have no problem going to sleep, and generally do not wake in the night. Anyway, I thought "sleep" would keep my mind focussed! The first painting is of the household's sleep expert - my lovely cat :)
Posted by clare at 8:05 PM
Friday, October 31, 2008
The window box looks far better after a spot of painterly gardening! In my mind, it now has a neatly pruned pink geranium (strictly a pelargonium I believe), which will most probably continue to flower for a while, and some bulbs all neatly tucked up in the potting compost ready for spring. Those of you with good memories will recognise the floral hand trowel from my spring gardening project: )
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This was the sight that greeted me when I opened the curtains this morning: snow! Unheard of in October in London. What was great was seeing the snow against the lovely yellow and orange autumn leaves for the first time.
Posted by clare at 8:03 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The telephone comes in handy, too: my garden backs onto a railway line, and there is a serious problem with "invasion of the triffids", as a friend so eloquently put it! It is telling that Network Rail's automated call directing system has "vegetation" as an option. Anyway, they have now chopped back the mixture of sycamore tree, brambles, russian vine, and bindweed, etc which was overwhelming my garden.
Posted by clare at 9:57 AM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
September flowers, or as they used to be known, michaelmas daisies, which very unfairly, I dislike intensely. They are a pretty flower, but to me symbolise the end of summer, which I hate! I decided that I'd paint the counterpart to "spring gardening" that I did earlier this year as my October blog project : )
Posted by clare at 5:45 PM
This is the final image in "new autumn wardrobe", and is not so much "new" as newly renovated! It's my fabulous long black wool coat - very Victorian style - and I have had it re-lined this year. The woollen outer part was in fine condition, but the lining had disintegrated to the point that every time I moved, I heard a ripping sound. Luckily, my Dad knows someone who does that type of repair at a most reasonable price : )
Posted by clare at 5:41 PM
Pink cord trousers are an essential staple in my autumn/winter wardrobe, and unfortunately my current pair is wearing threadbare now! I'll have to keep an eye on Per Una, since that is where they came from. Being quite long-legged, I often find difficulty getting trousers that fit.
Posted by clare at 5:38 PM
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I've been a bit slack posting here, although I have done some more paintings. The truth is that living space is undergoing some improvements which mean that the scanner is temporarily quite difficult to get to! Hopefully, this state of affairs will be put right at the weekend. In the meantime, here is the lovely soft woollen beret I'd like to have. Unfortunately, the dreaded moth got my last one.
Posted by clare at 7:53 PM
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
A lovely soft, warm woven wool scarf, to go with most of my clothes (not the jacket of many colours ; )). So far, I have not seen anything at all like this in my travels, although I have noted that Catherine Hayward is now making some gorgeous scarves: www.treacletoffee.blogspot.com and http://scatterboxtwo.blogspot.com.
Posted by clare at 12:39 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
New-to-me Mandarina Duck: a £1.00 bargain from a Traidcraft shop, which was easy to clean up. It is a great bag, with lots of compartments and room for sketchbook, etc.
Posted by clare at 6:55 PM
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Somehow or other in making the animation - which did work - I've not succeeded in "saving" it! So it is back to the digital drawing board for me: all good practice.
I've been away in Yorkshire, staying with a sister and her family, which was delightful. Tomorrow, I will be back to my usual painting routine, and adding more "new autumn wardrobe" illustrations.
Posted by clare at 11:17 AM
Friday, September 12, 2008
I've decided to paint the counterpart to "new spring wardrobe" as my blog project for September! 'Starting with my gorgeous new blue suede shoes, which I love to look at, but have not yet taken to wearing as that will mean putting away my beloved Mephisto sandals for the year, and admitting that summer really has departed for 2008.
Posted by clare at 4:08 PM
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
As mentioned in the Illustration Friday "clutter" post, I am having a blitz on improving storage in my flat, and was helped on Sunday by finding this chest of drawers in the street! The first photo shows pretty much how it looked when I spotted it. The second one is the result of some elbow grease and polish. I could make a new drawer front for the top drawer, but I quite like the symmetry of the open shelf at top and bottom. My plan is to use these drawers to store the knitting, and needlepoint kit.
Posted by clare at 4:30 PM
A "lucky penny" is the one you find in the street! I've found money in the street so frequently that one year I logged it all: in 2006 I found a total of £8.61. When I find a coin, I often think of the phrase "London's streets are paved with gold".
Posted by clare at 9:40 AM
This week's Illustration Friday topic of "clutter" rang bells for me. It's quite tricky to visually differentiate between untidy mess, and the feeling of oppression from being surrounded by stuff and materials, etc for projects being worked on! In fact, I am having an autumn cleaning and re-arranging of storage blitz.
Posted by clare at 9:06 AM
Sunday, September 07, 2008
I've sadly neglected my blog for the past week or so, although I do have some new paintings to post! Fact is, I was ill for a good week with virus, etc, so not had much energy for doing basic stuff like scanning. Fortunately, I am almost completely recovered now : )
I have also bought a fab new jacket for the autumn!
Then today I found a pine chest of drawers on the street, so I am going to be doing some minor repairs and cleaning, then using it for storing my knitting and sewing kit and projects.
Posted by clare at 9:27 PM
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
At festivals, I mostly drink water and fruit juice so that I don't become de-hydrated and headachey, but it is nice to have a hot drink from time to time. Freshly ground black coffee is my favourite of what is on offer. One of the first things I do at a festie is scout out the stall which makes the best coffee! The cakes look delicious too, for later on.
Posted by clare at 9:51 AM
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I've never been able to decide between peaches and raspberries for my ultimate favourite fruit! I love to eat both, so this would be my ideal summer dessert: beautiful, sun-ripened peach from the south of France with juicy, sweet deep red raspberries from Kent : )
Posted by clare at 7:14 PM
Monday, August 18, 2008
This is singer Aayjemaal painted from a sketch I made of her at Womad 2004. Aayjemaal and her band were performing traditional music from Turkmenistan. It is the opportunity to see performers like Aayjemaal which makes Womad such a special music festival. : )
Posted by clare at 3:15 PM