I first met this strong looking woman about 7 years ago. We used to pass her on our daily walks . She stood tall, weathered by life experiences, feeling her age yet soldiering on – that is until she gave way for a fire break… I’m glad I started her portrait before her demise and have reference photos.
Strength In Adeversity – Helen Lock
My mantra for 2019 is ‘focus’. Focus on the main game, which is for me is visual art. I’m battling though, mostly because I have ‘tennis elbow’ and a torn tendon of my dominant arm.
So once again needlework has been my primary creative outlet, this time because for some reason it hurts less than drawing or painting…
I have been attending a small painting group which has helped me to at least attempt a work in ink – a work in progress.
Here are some pics of my creations in the past month or so. Next time there will be a work of art to show – there will, there will…
For Maren Due On Australia Day
My great niece was due on Australia Day which explains my choice of colours! She was born in England more than a week late but healthy. 😊
Going With The Flow
I decided I needed an embroidery travel case. I just started stitching on a remnant and did whatever came into my head. I wish I could paint that way!
Then I decided I needed a lightweight travel wallet! Made with scraps and a zip in my stash.
Boro Wallet -Front
And a grandson wanted a blue t-shirt with a Paw Patrol Plane – what’s a Nana to do?!
Paw Patrol Aeroplane T-Shirt and Shorts – Handmade With Love
I made more items but you can have too much of a good thing, can’t you?!
I used some of my wildflower painting designs as embroidery motifs for a set of napkins while stitching as a passenger – travelling home to Western Australia.
I think the translation worked quite well. Any wonkiness reflects the state of the roads not me 😉
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I finished making a set of napkins for Ballicart on the way from home to Esperance WA.
Art with a purpose I thought, but then napkins still function without embroidery. Without the ‘art’ they’d be dull and boring – wouldn’t they?
Nature Inspired Embroidered Napkins – Helen L
Same threads, same shapes, same stitches but all different!
Same but Different – Helen L
As soon as I finished with Inktober I started filling any spare time with making replacement stock for Kalamunda’s
Zig Zag Cultural Centre. No rest for….
My budget home Canon printer and other equipment cope well with my demands.
Hoping I’ll soon have time to take stock of my progress, my shortcomings and a very long projects list before deciding what to focus on next. Any suggestions would be most welcome!
This was the third year I’ve completed Inktober – this time 31 ink sketches in 32 days. On reflection:
I’m still bemused as to why I do it, but still glad I do
It’s just as hard to fit into an already busy life as ever
Discipline is required to keep showing up
So is overcoming all one’s negative thoughts – pointless, useless, unworthy…
I kept to my self inflicted constraints (black & orange ink, featuring time, flora and my day)!
Constraints encourage creativity!
The first idea is not necessarily the best idea. I often think of a better idea
after I’ve published! Some sketches are fit to become the basis of a future art work
It’s great when it stops!
I know I’ll miss it in a month or so and start looking forward to Inktober 2018 !@#$?
Inktober 2017 – Helen Lock
“Time is like a river
you cannot touch the same water twice because the flow that has passed
will never pass again…” – Tanu B Singh
Inktober 2017 is over, water under the bridge, and on the last day I pondered the passing of time.
I chose the White Lotus as my flower of the day as it represents many things, including the end of a goal and a continuing journey.
Time Is Like a River – Day 31 #Inktober #Inktober2017