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!
Yay – I finished my journal for 2016 and my last visual collage for each month!
Our December was packed full of family, friends, events, house and garden projects and preparations for the festive season. The only painting I did was with yarn, fabric and chocolate – not together but that might be interesting…
The artworks in my collage (days 15 and 17) are by Angie Lewin whose linocuts, wood engravings and screen prints I admire. On these days my time was mainly spent on mundane tasks and I found distraction / inspiration for better things by looking at her work.
I like to finish what I start, even if along the way the end result is not as good as I imagined. At least I can respect my persistence and depend on my word. I’m also encouraged by knowing that sometimes a pig’s ear does turn in to a silk purse along the way!
So, for completeness sake here is my visual diary collage for November 2016. I also like to finish in good time but…