In which I talk about the joys of painting, drawing, knitting, cats, music, living in London, and whatever else takes my fancy.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Music Festival day 10

I always carry sketchbook and pen with me, and there are times at music festivals when I want to sketch what is going on. Generally this will be in time between bands, although in the case here, the man on the right was watching Paprika Balkanicus. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Music Festival day 9

There is a wide variety of food to choose from! 

Often in the evening I get a mediterranean stir fry from the wonderful Manic Organic. Their food is great, and I love the way they pretty up the guy lines, etc of their marquee with silk flowers : )

 I'm off to Womad now, so it will be a few days before the next images.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Music Festival day 8

Who to see perform next? There is such a wealth of good music to choose from - inevitably also some time clashes! In this fantasy programme, I'd find it very hard to choose between seeing Neneh Cherry and Ernest Ranglin - in fact, if the stages are close enough together, I'd be tempted to watch half of each set.  By the way, the action currently on stage is roadies moving equipment around, preparing for the next artists.

The blank time slots in the programme present ideal opportunities to get something to eat..

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Music Festival day 7

Watching the first band! My friends and I generally like to sit/stand very close to the mixing desk because the sound is best from there. This means we are never at the front.  Over the weekend, I went to two music festivals: this image is an amalgamation of things I saw at both. One of the festivals was

I've been having problems working out how to make links, but may have just succeeded! So hopefully, this will take you to my website:

Friday, July 11, 2008

Music Festival day 6

The next activity is to study the programme, and work out which performers we definitely want to see - hoping for no performance time clashes! Plus which artistes we might like to see at times no "must sees" are on stage.

By the way, today I have given my blog a shiny new header : )

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Music Festival day 5 + more food and money

Next step is to buy a programme and
a cup of coffee!

 A Lovely papier mache home made piggy 
money box. My sister made some one year 
using balloons as a mould.

A tricolore salad - fresh mixed tomatoes from the farmers market, with buffalo mozzarella, and avocado, all topped with bazil, and olive oil : )

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Music Festival day 4

After pitching the tent, the next step is to exchange ticket for wrist band. As you can see, I am hoping this year's Womad weekend wrist band will be bright pink!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Hopefully this link will work!

Shiny new website

Exciting news: my new website has just gone live:

music Festival day 3

Putting up the tents is the first task when we arrive at the festival site. It's always great to see the camping field gradually filling with a sea of multi-coloured tents! My friends and I endeavour to get there early enough to find space to pitch our tents next to each other.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Music Festival day 2

Some of the other essentials for camping at a music festival: tent (it's amazing how compact they are these days!); air bed + foot pump; bag containing change of clothes, sleeping bag, etc; The Mermaid; and, finally, wellies. Hopefully I won't actually need to wear these at Womad this year, but if I do they are at least pretty.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Music Festival day 1

I've been looking forward to doing this painting of my favourite music festival bag, known to my friends as "The Mermaid". It's practical because it is plastic, so waterproof;  a good size for containing essentials to have with me at all times - sunglasses, sunscreen, sketchbook and paints, water, money, etc -  plus it is largely transparent, so easier to find stuff in!  A delightful holiday feature of it is that the flower on the cover flap contains real sand, which shifts around reminiscent of being on a beach. Oh yes, and I am a huge fan of "The Little Mermaid" anyway : )

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Music Festival

July's blog project is music festivals, which I love to go to in the summer. This illustration was made for a cd cover, so is not new, but it does convey summer well! I'm going to be painting lots of images associated with festivals over the month of July. 

 I am also very much looking forward to going to Womad, and Rise. This year my friend, photographer Lisa Rocket, will be coming along too. You can see her fab music festival photos here: They capture the atmosphere perfectly!