Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The gifts I have been given

This year I have been spoiled rotten by my family:
wish ( list) fulfillment

Egg cups for soldiers

new projects to start

Master works to enjoy

I am not covetous of material goods as a rule but when it comes to books and art I find it very hard not to collect them to myself. 

However I have been given other gifts too this season:

My two precious souls, given into my keeping.

Another little soul who shares our house

Then there is my other half, who is the keeper of us all.

This season I have also been given the gift of time and the gift of family, which have been the most valuable gifts of all.  Even so I shall enjoy my material gifts, especially as I can read them to my little souls.

Oh yes,  there is also more WIP

Friday, 23 December 2011

The Problem is the Imperative

or as they are known at primary school "those bossy verbs".
My imperative is do it; make it;  paint it...!

The down side is that I don't always finish off the work started by a previous bossy thought that impelled me to start something.

I am rather ashamed by the fickleness of my devotion and the flibberty-gibbet way I approach my creations.

The only two finished pieces are these:

Oh well, I have a small amount of time to myself today, so I think a bit of dedication to neglected projects might be in order; don't you?

Sunday, 18 December 2011


Grey turns to a soft purple; turn and it becomes palest orange; turn once more to find fire in the sky.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

What a wonderful world: some of the things that remind me it truly is a wonderful world

Each picture is a key to a wonderful world.
What a wonderful world

Rose-ringed parakeets roost in a copse in Wormwood Scrubs Park on 6 December

The glory that is Rima Staines' work.
Anja in the Horse Chestnut

James Mayhew, who opens the ears through the eyes!

The place where my husband grew up.
Peak District View - Panoramic views of the Peak District

The place where I grew up
[An image showing Wigston Magna]

A master.
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The perfect book for the fireside.
Inkheart Cover art

Along with my family (who I am too greedy to share visually) these are just some of the things that make me count my blessings and think of it as a wonderful world.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Chanticleer and Reynard

I have really enjoyed painting this.
Waiting for a frame

Chanticleer taunting.

I am very fond of the story, first learnt as the Aesop fable:  The Fox and The Crow.  Later, at university, I was introduced to the story in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
The canvases were bought in the summer, gesso-ed and left to dry, then fear set in and I found excuse after excuse not to paint impasto style.  However once I had the idea I got going and really enjoyed what I have made.

I found a lovely retelling of the Nun's Priests tale on you tube.  For anyone who doesn't know the story:

The videos are great and if you want an accessible version of Chaucer he has retold quite a number of the tales.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Hej Tomtegubbar

Hej, tomtegubbar, slå i glasen och låt oss lustiga vara! 
Hej, tomtegubbar, slå i glasen och låt oss lustiga vara! 
En liten tid vi leva här, med mycket möda och stort besvär. 
Hej, tomtegubbar, slå i glasen och låt oss lustiga vara! 

Hi, tomtegubbar, fill your glasses
and let's be jolly together.
Our time is brief
Upon the earth,
with troubles many
and little mirth.
Hi, tomtegubbar, fill your glasses
and let's be jolly together.

Interestingly, Google translates Tomtegubbar as "empty man".

For those of you who have not yet met a tomte, I have linked to a potted history.