July, 2013

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Searching for Inspiration & Finding a Mermaid Cushion – Made With Love

When reflecting on what approach I would like to use when developing my next textile piece I look through work I have already made along with looking through books/journals/websites of other artists work. While searching through some of my images I came across a cushion I made which was inspired by my childhood love of mermaids & related stories; along with the beautiful colours & visions of the sea.

I thoroughly enjoyed designing & making the cushion especially as I had a very specially little lady in mind to receive it. It was interesting reflecting on how revisiting the cushion motivated and inspired me even though it does not inform my next piece of work. I do think it is useful to remind yourself of what you can achieve when planning a new project, as the beginning can feel overwhelming.

Although at some point I need to just get my head down & get on with it……….. Maybe now is that time

Remembering What’s Good in Life & Appreciating the Simple Things

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I have the fortune to cycle through Eastville Park in Bristol on most days and on each occasion I have felt my spirits uplift. It doesn’t matter what season we are in there is always something that catches my eye and makes me smile, outwardly and inwardly.

On Friday morning I took the opportunity of taking my camera with me to capture some of these wonders so I could share them in this post. Some may look and consider them normal everyday scenes, it is these sights that help me remember that life is good and it is the simple things that make each day special for me.

I always have a bit of an adrenaline rush cycling down the path to the lake…..fingers crossed the brakes are working

 

Most mornings I am greeted by the ‘Mute Swan Family’, this year they have five signets. I took the opportunity to give some grass to the little ones; the weather is very hot at the moment and the water in the lake has gone down making it difficult for the signets to get out and reach the grass.

 

Canadian Geese are frequent visitors of the lake and always fun to watch. This is the first year there have not been any goslings. There was one brood early in the year but they have disappeared. When they do have young they bring them up on to the  grass in the mornings and you can sit really close, but not to close or the parents start hissing….time to back off.

Canadian Geese preening

Canadian Geese preening

 

The Black Headed Gulls have started arriving at the lake. They arrive in there droves to winter at the lake and then disappear in spring, I assume to the coast. They always congregate on the rail every morning and make a cacophony of noise, as winter approaches the rail becomes more packed. I always adore watching them as they are very social creatures.

 

I feel especially lucky when I see the Grey Heron. He is a regular to the lake and has become incredibly tame, allowing you to get reasonably close. This day he was very still, with his head cocked to one side staring intently at some ducklings. I have been told he will eat them when they are this small, I have not seen it myself, but I have seen him catch a fish, wonderful

 

On the way home I stopped a while and started a sketch, I try to sketch in the park at least once a week, I finished it the next day at home. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

Sketch of Eastville Park

Sketch of Eastville Park

 

……..To finish I couldn’t resist one more image of the Grey Heron……Beautiful

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

 

Sketching in the park and memories of North Morte Farm Campsite

Had another great afternoon sketching in the park. Been using my oil pastels again, so hot they are melting!. When I got home I started looking through old sketch books. Found this one – Lovely memories of an evening sat outside my tent at North Morte Farm Campsite, North Devon, sipping wine and letting the world pass by – Beautiful, would love to be there now.

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View From Tent at North Morte Farm Camp Site – Coloured Pencil on Paper
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Bristol Old Vic, Tristan & Yseult & Beauty on the Streets

What a fantastic weekend, plenty of sunshine for all to share.

Initially felt slightly worried about how the weekend would start. I had tickets to see Tristan & Yseult, presented by the Kneehigh Theater Company at Bristol Old Vic for a matinee showing with friends. with it being the hottest day of the year I was worried about feeling too hot in the theater. No worries, the temperature in the theater was okay, except for on the stage where the acting, dancing and singing were HOT. The whole play was magical from start to finish, it had all the ingredients for an all round, full on entertainment. Laughter, intrigue, wit and tragedy. When it finished I just wanted to watch the whole thing again. If you get a chance go and see it, it finishes this week.

……….And then to top it all there were all the beautiful sights and sounds outdoors. Walking into Bristol all the wild flowers are in full bloom, stunning array of colour.

 

Next came a great piece of Graffiti, unknown artist. The work promotes the campaign to save the bees.

Graffiti - Save The Bees

Graffiti – Save The Bees

It was Gay Pride this weekend in Bristol and waiting outside the ‘unnamed’ supermarket was a beautifully dressed transvestite. Got permission to take a photo, forgot to take down his name. Who ever you are you looked stunning, made me smile.

Stunning Transvestite

Stunning Transvestite

I have lived in Bristol a long time until this weekend I hadn’t noticed this plaque at the top of Corn Street. Apparently Joseph Cottle had an establishment on the corner of Corn Street. I certainly learned something new on this day.

joeseph cottle

Joseph Cottle

  After the theater, we strolled down to Bristol waterfront and sat by the water watching the world pass us by. The water contained alternating reflections and was memorizing to watch and finally, coming full circle, as I looked down below my feet a bunch of wild flowers in full bloom were growing out from the wall, heaven.

Water Reflections

Water Reflections

Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Jamaica Street Artists Open Door

What an absolutely stunning weekend and a great time to be in Bristol. Beautiful weather, blue sky, St Pauls Carnival and Jamaica St Artists open doors weekend. I only spent a short time at the festival as my main focus was to visit the open doors, although walking through the festival you couldn’t help but get caught up in the atmosphere, the crowds were amazing, it felt like the whole of Bristol had turned out.

City Rd, St Pauls, Bristol
City Rd, St Pauls, Bristol
Chilling out enjoying the music, food and drink.

Chilling out enjoying the music, food and drink.

Enjoying the atmosphere and music

Enjoying the atmosphere and music

I eventually worked my way through the crowds to reach Jamaica St Artists and I was not disappointed. I have selected 5 artists the impressed and inspired me, but in all honesty I could have talked about more.

The 1st artist is  Anthony Garrat, unfortunately I couldn’t get any images of his work but please visit his web site by clicking on the link or view his work at the Jamaica St Artists Site. He produces paintings either on location or from memory, each piece of work is evocative and full of energy. Enough detail is included to give a suggestion of the initial inspiration with the freedom to take you on a journey into your own imagination.

The 2nd Artist is Elaine Jones, her work gives you an amazing sense of calm and serenity.  The suggestion of the original inspiration leaves the viewer to attach their own narrative to what they see. It was a space I didn’t want to leave in a hurry.

Artwork on display at Jamaica St by Elaine Jones

Artwork on display at Jamaica St by Elaine Jones

The 3rd Artist is Anouk Mercer who is in the middle of creating a piece of work in collaboration with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. The piece can be seen in the image and is inspired by a number of artworks that she selected from the archives. Definitely an artist worth watching.

Work in Progress by Anouk Mercer

Work in Progress by Anouk Mercer

The 4the Artist is Serena Curmi. She is an illustrator who produces images that give a hint of the emotion that lies behind the character. I found myself wanting to know more about them, what is the story they are trying to tell.

Illustrations by Serena Curmi

Illustrations by Serena Curmi

The 5th Artist is Jan Blake who filled her space with a hanging sculpture made from cardboard that twisted and moved with the breeze from the window or the movement of people passing through the room. Jan talked with enthusiasm about the many projects she has been involved with including the piece in the studio space (see image) that was created to inspire movement from dancers to create a audio piece for radio. I have asked her to forward me a link to the piece which I hope to pass on.

Sculpture by Jan Blake

Sculpture by Jan Blake

Jamaica Street Artists – Open Studios

If your in Bristol and you only get to do one thing this weekend make it a visit to Jamaica Street Artists – Open Studios You will find a wide range of artists showcasing there work on 5th, 6th & 7th July. What ever your preference when looking at or buying art there is sure to be something you will like. The studios are showing fine art painting, Sculpture/Installation, Illustration/Animation, Photography/Film and Textiles, something for everyone. If you can’t make this event I will do my best to report back on the artwork that inspired me.

If this isn’t enough for you on 6th July St Pauls Carnival is taking place right next door to Jamaica Street Artists studios. Let your hair down and enjoy the music, dance, carnival atmosphere and food.

Welcome To my Website & Blog

Welcome to my website, please take the time to look around.

At this moment I have only developed the front page and my blogging page but decided to publish anyway. As my site is about creating objects and imagery I felt it was important to share this process as well. So over the next few weeks you can watch my website develop, shape and grow. I want the site to become organic and change as I develop new work and discover new and exciting things either relating to inspiration and others artwork.

Please keep coming back and let me know what you think about the things you see and read about