Getting ready for Somerset Arts Week

I had a bit of a panic at the beginning of the week after receiving an email from the lovely Susan at The Little House Of Art in Glastonbury asking for pictures of my work.  The time has gone so quickly.

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I was actually surprised when I put all my paintings together, they have been building up gradually and a lot of them are in the final stages. This is the small paintings I am working on and there are also some big canvases.

There is actually only a few weeks left before I pick the ones I am going to exhibit and get them framed.  The canvas ones will remain unframed as I like the painting to carry on around the edges.

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This painting is ‘Floods Across The Blackmore Vale’. This is how it looked during October last year, the leaves changing colour, and the fields water logged from all that rain.

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This is ‘Misty Morning’ A gorgeous autumn morning with the sun coming up and mist spreading out over the Blackmore Vale, making it look like we are looking out to sea.

I am feeling a little less panicked now, and feel I will be ready. The Somerset Arts Week brochure is out and there are some great places to visit during September.

The Exhibition runs from the 21st Sept to Sunday the 6th of October.

I will also be running a couple of workshops Nr Glastonbury as part of  Love-Local  at Middlewick Holiday Cottages at the foot of Glastonbury Tor.  There will be 1 scrumbled Crochet Workshop and 1 Needlefelting Brooches, they have workshops going on throughout the Somerset Art Weeks so its worth having a look at there website. http://www.love-local.com/somerset-arts-week-workshops/

A visit to Toft Alpaca and a colourful talk by Kaffe Fassett.

What an amazing day!

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I left the house at 6 am and got to Toft Alpaca Manor 9 ish, I did end up on the 303 going the wrong way at one point! due to going around the roundabout wrong at Newbury. I managed to find my way back along a tiny lane, luckily the roads were fairly quiet so I got away with it.

We were greeted by the gorgeous colourful Alpacas.

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Dyed especially for the event with animal friendly dyes that fade gradually and the Alpacas will be back to their normal colour in a week or so (quicker if it rains).

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The food was fantastic, coffee and danish pastry to start the day served by very happy people. I was on my own so quite nervous to start with, but I shouldn’t have worried. Everyone was lovely and very chatty, I met some great ladies. One group of local ladies had recently finished making a knitted garden which sounded fab. (I am so hopeless with names I think I need a dictaphone when I’m out and about)

Lots of people were interested in my scumbled bag and it got lots of compliments and oohs and aaahs and how did you do it’s 😉

In the morning there was a walk around the Alpaca farm.

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where I managed to take a few pictures.  Most of the day I spent chatting and forgot to get my camera out.

Lunch followed the walk, with yummy colourful cupcakes for pudding.

Then it was the talk and waiting for Kaffe Fassett to come in the room I could hardly breathe. I felt like a teenager going to see there favorite band. It was very strange. I have admired his work for a very long time, and never thought I would get to meet him.

The talk was very funny and so inspiring. It was weird because I felt tearful and totally overwhelmed. It made me feel normal !

I have days where I am embarrassed about my house being higgledy piggledy, with bits of old wall paper and carpets from the past still visible, rooms that still need painting and a crazy colourful kitchen. These were the things that Kaffe liked and photographed the character of a place. I have turned down 2 interior photographers this year because I don’t think my house is ready to be photographed, but looking at the photographs that Kaffe was showing I could see what they have seen. (though it still does need a lot of work doing to it!)

The talk has also inspired me to keep going, we all have days where we wander if we’re on the right path don’t we? Sometimes its just a chance meeting, being in the right place at the right time that can take you to the next level. I am lucky that I have been able to experiment and make what I like all I need now is that lucky break 😉

 

When the talk ended we were all able to go and get our books signed..120 of us! poor Kaffe. Everyone was very excited to meet the man himself. I could hardly talk when I got mine signed but did ask him about crochet and showed him my bag. I probably mumbled and ran away quickly. He has just written a crochet book for Rowan so I will be looking out for that when it is published.

I bought ‘Knitting With The Colour Guys’ by Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mobly.

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There is so much beautiful colour inspiration in this book.

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I love the photography in it.

How exciting to have it signed to. Ya 🙂

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It was the most fantastic day and the Toft Alpaca team were superb led by the very lovely Kerry. Congratulations to Claire also on organising the Kaffe Fassett talk.

I am sorry I did not take many pictures the wool all looked very yummy as did the mulitcoloured macaroons at the end! I was either to nervous or talking to much lol

Have a good week everyone. T x

 

 

 

Freeform Crochet Bag and a visit to a Kaffe Fassett Seminar.

I am getting very excited about going to see Kaffe Fassett at Toft Alpaca in Dunchurch, Rugby tommorow. Its nearly a 3hr drive for me to get there so I will be leaving pretty early in the morning.

I have a new bag to wear to show my love of colour, its one I have been working on in between other jobs for the last 2 months.

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I have mixed together knitting, scumbled crochet and weaving. There are little scraps of vintage fabrics woven into gaps, unusual yarns crocheted onto the surface and some ceramic buttons by Tony’s mum along with a mixture of others.

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I have admired Kaffe Fassetts work since the 80’s when I used to do a lot of intarsia knitting.

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I love love love all the colours he uses and the way he paints with fabric,yarn and texture.

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I’m also looking forward to meeting lots of other colour loving people. Its going to be a fun day…and I have heard even the alpacas are sporting a bit of colour 😉

Painting One View. Greenhouse.

I spent a lovely day out in the sun painting with friends.

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I am suffering for it tonight though..I’ve gone a bit red.

It was so nice to be out in the sunshine we didn’t want to stop.

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After about 4 weeks I feel like I am starting to get back to my old style and am really enjoying it.

I think this one is actually finished though I may be tempted to tweak it slightly after looking at it over the next week.

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You know the saying waiting for paint to dry? …that

You know the saying waiting for paint to dry? ...that

After a fun paint club on Wednesday I have been waiting for the oils to dry so I can add the next layers. It has been such a great feeling to get back to painting and I am loving it. After paint club I carried on painting till it got dark, I am working on a large canvas capturing the evening sun which casts amazing shadows and light over the landscape.

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Finished still life paintings.

Finished still life paintings.

I invited Nicky back today to finish her painting , and left the still life set up over night so she could carry on. I’m so pleased I did as I think her painting is fantastic for someone who has never painted before. It would have been such a shame not to have finished it. I did a bit more to mine, but am not that pleased with it (I don’t think we ever are with our own) I di love the colours in both pictures though and think they would look perfect in my kitchen 😉

Painting club progress.

On Wednesdays I am running a little painting club.

Today I had set up a couple of still lifes, not sure who was turning up (its early days) as I had not managed to see my friends all week.

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I picked some flowers from the garden and put a few colours together. 

Then Nicki arrived with lunch that she had made and a bunch of gorgeous flowers, which went really well with some of the other china, in a colourful sort of way.

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The other ladies were delayed so me and Nicki started on our own, first doing a couple of sketches with charcoal.

Then painting on board. I was talking about how to mix colours and muttering out loud about what I was putting on the board. Nicki has not painted before so it was all about experimenting with the colours.

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I love the results 🙂 R arrived with cakes, but that didn’t stop Nicki she carried on painting while nibbling cake. R sat in my favorite seat and carried on with her landscape painting from last week..then we ran out of time and it was all jump in cars for the school run!

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My painting is not quite finished and Nicki is coming back in the morning to finish hers as its easy enough for me to leave it set up.

It was a lovely day, and I did start off a bit exhausted and grumpy from not sleeping well ( a regular thing these days). It was so relaxing spending the morning painting and I can’t wait to do some more.

Painting with friends and a bit of stitching.

I have been asked by a few of my friends to teach encourage them to paint. So we they  have decided that every Wednesday is painting day.  Which is great because it means I get my paints out and join in. Very important as I have 2 exhibitions booked The Somerset Arts Week at The Art House in Glastonbury and an exhibition in November at Divine Wines in Wincanton, so I seriously need to be more disciplined about painting every week.

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I wasn’t sure what the ladies would like to do so got out a variety of art materials to play with.

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We ended up talking quite a lot, about different artists and how to use colour.  Acrylics were chosen to work with. None of the ladies had used them before so the idea was not to try and paint a picture as such but  just have a go with the paints and see how they mix, what happens when use different brushes etc. Picking out colours from the view but not trying to paint exactly what is there seemed to work well.

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I did a tiny acrylic sketch trying to capture some of the colours and not just paint green.

We were really lucky that the sun came out, there was no colour yesterday just grey.

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Next Wednesday we will be using water soluble oils and I will be setting up a still life with lots of colours and textures.

Now its time to get back to my day job and finish stitching brooch backs on to all these flowers.

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Happy Saturday, egg painting and a family walk.

After being inspired by Landscape magazine who had a gorgeous tutorial on egg dying, Arthur and I decided we’d have a go.Image

We had lots of other ideas to, marbling, and wax resist. We appear to have a cupboard full of the right tools.

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Arthur liked using the wax. I think I may have ruined our fondue set which worked brilliantly for melting the wax…I might try some wax resist on t shirts next.

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we wrapped the eggs in nylon (from a pair of tights) and secured each end.  This was to make it easier to dip in the dye.  Also to hold the leaves on for making patterns (this didn’t work as well as in the photographs in the Landscape mag).

We used dyes from Lidls, I think I may have added a bit to much water to them..there was only german instructions so I had to guess by the pictures.

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I didn’t really think about how I would get the wax off..I may work that out tommorow!

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Marbling worked the best, we only had 2 colours. It was amazing how the oil just stuck to the egg.

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Arthur also painted some with gouache paints which also worked well. They are not a patch on the beautiful eggs I showed on my blog yesterday but it was a fun morning.

We picked Tony up from his office at 1 and headed for Clarks Village to get Arthur a pair of walking boots. It was packed! After going in every shop we managed to find a bargain £12.00 pair that are waterproof and that Arthur liked. Next stop was Glastonbury Tor for a walk to test them out.

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Going up.

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Jumping.

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Very bouncy shoes!

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Going down.

A lovely walk, and the shoes were tested and approved ready for our holiday in a couple of weeks.

I’m a bit worn out now and ready to chill out, tommorow I will get up very early (clocks go forward) to be the Easter bunny 😉

Happy Easter xx