Just for the record – I was very creative in December but produced no art 😦
I dislike the commercialism of Christmas but love spending time with family and friends during the ‘silly’ season and like to give gifts – so I make many of them. Sometimes I supplement a hand made item with a complementary purchased one.
I was a proud Mumma when son Leo declared it was much easier to buy a gift than make one – it means he realises the value of a unique, handmade present and the effort, skill and attention behind it.
This collage captures some of the things I made in the final month or two of 2017.
No Art in December 2017
I think I should make a resolution for 2018 – “Make more art!”
I recently discovered that I could embroider as a passenger. So before my husband & I left on our long caravan trip I bought material, threads (floss) and an embroidery hoop. I also drafted some designs.
We’ve now been travelling for 3 weeks and I’ve so enjoyed taking floss for a walk that I’ve become addicted. I love creating the designs, deciding on colours, enjoying colour combinations, trying new stitches, making up stitches and overcoming happy accidents! It provides a wonderful mobile substitute for drawing and painting.
3 weeks output on bumpy roads or in breezy shade:
All destined.to become sewn into presents.
I am collecting photos and ideas galore for ink paintings when we return home. The Western Australian landscape is immense, unique and awe inspiring. If you’re interested you are welcome to page through my journal here.
“You’ve got to be a fool to want to stop the march of time”
I worked hard not to be a fool but found it hard to keep up with the passing of time in March! It passed like a whirlwind of preparations for our caravan trip of a lifetime, social gatherings with family & friends and day to day living.
I did manage to complete the second in my series of Landmark Flora:
Everybody has the same energy potential. The average person wastes his in a dozen little ways. I bring mine to bear on one thing only: my paintings, and everything else is sacrificed to it…myself included.”
― Pablo Picasso
I spent lots of time in my studio during February but not a lot on art. My studio is also my sewing / crochet room and home office. I don’t think I’m wasting my time on all my other activities but it certainly reduces time and energy for painting.
I did refine my Winter Donkey Orchids – Mundaring Weir painting
Winter Donkey Orchids – Mundaring Weir
and worked on the design for the next in this new series – I’m not game to show it yet!
I was more productive on my sewing machine – creating dresses for little girls and busting my stash!
Flower Pot Pinny
My March output may be even less as we’re preparing our home, garden, vehicles, caravan and ourselves for a 6 month caravan trip starting in April!