12 January 2016

Time to say goodbye to blogger?




I am finding it harder and harder to find the time to post anything meaningful here these days.
Not that there is a shortage of meaningful events to write about - not at all!

I'm sure that I'm not alone in noticing a drop-off in followers since the ease of other social media sites have emerged to keep in touch and up to date with friends old and new.

So I've decided to stop posting here and concentrate on developing new ventures in new places, where I can share them immediately with you.  I must admit that I cant envisage having the time to write here, as I used to.  This new year is turning out to be a bit of a whirlwind - and I want to run with it, while there is still some wind in my sails.

I will keep this space open for a little while and of course you can still follow me on my instagram and flickr, (though I am much quieter there these days also), twitter (though I am hopeless there too, I keep trying) and you can still keep an eye on new things happening in my art and jewellery online shops...

Thank you for visiting here, and I hope that you will continue to keep in touch over there!!

Oh and H A P P Y  N E W  Y E A R 2016!!  Here's to a good one guys!

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26 November 2015

SAD




SAD or Seasonal Affected Disorder is no joke, I can testify to that! It's been a very difficult seasonal adjustment for me. These dark shorter days have been so hard to bear.  And they seem to affect me more deeply every year.  I am a child of the sun.  

But, I gave myself a good shake and decided to decorate the living room (if you've been following me on instagram, you'll have seen the shade of grey I eventually went with). And changed my dull yellow bulbs to daylight ones - which my daughter thinks make the room look like something out of a Space Odyssey.  It is helping.  Slowly.  All this redecorating is also a sign that I am finally beginning to settle here.  It's only been 18 months, but if you've been following me on my old Rhubarb in the Garden blog, you'd know I have moved house several times recently and twice after only 6 months stay.  So 18 months seems quite the commitment! 

Because of that, the boxes under the bed have been dusted off and I am revisiting old work.
My natural dye projects resulted in these collages during the Summer - and now that they are back from a brief sojourn and I am offering them at a reduced price in the shop...

But that is not the real news....

I have rediscovered my ceramic jewellery.






I have fallen in love with them all over again and am amazed they have been neglected for so long.  I am even hatching plans to connect with the local University to 'share' some kiln space, so that I can explore this love once again.

I haven't forgotten my painting - it's been a long slog, but the work I did during the Summer is all framed and ready to hang (just waiting on the venue's clearance for a date - hopefully very soon - there seems to have been a lot of red-tape!!) I am falling over work in this tiny terraced house and will  be glad to see them out in the real world.

Please accept my apologies for the long absence and silence due to the difficulties of SAD which I realize that I suffer from and hope that you have missed me as much as I have missed you!



4 November 2015

preparations




Spending the next few days preparing these paintings (taken on  my android phone so apologies for poor quality) and more for an exhibition space...
Having mixed feelings about letting the work go - does every artist feel that way?

It's a very dark and grey day here today - and probably for the rest of the week.
Trying to find the light (in more ways than one)

The shop is on hold for a little while longer since most of the work is getting an 'airing' in the real world!!
And I will have to reshoot the remaining work with higher quality digital images.

Just a thought - should I offer the work framed or keep the prices down by offering them unframed?
Would appreciate some feedback about this...

27 October 2015

tweaking things




The shop is down for a bit of tweaking.
The photographs are not really what they should be.
And it's been nagging at me for too long now....

So I'm redesigning at the same time.
There will be less artwork available for sale due to upcoming exhibitions.
But I hope you enjoy the selection that I will be offering up for sale.

There will be some collections available too at very reasonable prices.

To keep up to date with the latest offers and collections -
 why not follow me by email here (link below)
or twitter or even instagram!