Hedgerow harvest

Hedgerow harvest

Friday, 11 September 2020

Wild flowers of the Cotswolds in stitch.

I have been working on this piece for 3 years. Not continually but as July comes around and these flowers are on the ridge in the hay meadow close by. Finally finished it ! The flowers are cushion calamint, scabious, bladder campion, knapweed, ox-eye daisy, and lesser bindweed or convolvulus. The butterfly is a common blue or though they are not so common any more. It is 40 cm x 14 cm - so long and thin, not ideal for photography. Trying to finish a few summer pieces before we get deeply into Autumn.


Friday, 4 September 2020

Summer cloth - slow stitching and hand embroidery.

I have been working on this summer cloth for the last 6 weeks. very enjoyable too ! The circles came from my large circular meditation cloth - same motif around the border. I used colours from the garden and wild flowers. The birds, butterflies etc outlines came from the drawings on tracing paper I make to transfer drawing to cloth. I end up with pages and pages of these outlines and they are beautiful in thier own right. I just put the ideas togther to contrast.
The idea is to conjure up all the things I like about summer. An evocation of the season. A rejoicing too. As it takes so long to stitch it like recording time within the work. Looking at some pieces I can remember the music or story I was listening to as I stitched. Thats why embroiderers were sometimes accused of magic and witchcraft. They trapped things into the stitches. Lets hope I have caught summer here and can loook at it in the long dark cold days of winter. It will be shown at Quenington next June.


Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Perpetual Journal August 2020

August journal. Its been a busy month and now its over we have a new kitchen so its all been worthwhile. We have never had a new fitted kitchen and all our appliances were very old so this has been a complete change. Meanwhile in the great outdoors, the seasons have moved on and cooler nights and an abundance of fruits and berries means Autumn has come.


Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Glos Guild Gallery now at Chapel Arts, Cheltenham.

The Guild has moved tempororaliy to Chapel Arts in Cheltenham while the Museum has building work done. This new gallery is only aprox 100yds down the road from the Museum (away from town, same side of the road.)It will be open 10-4 Weds to Sat. Do go and see the new gallery and have a chat to Jo our wonderful gallery manager. It opens today (Aug 5th)
These are the four new pictures I have for sale there.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

July perpetual nature journal.

 Here are my pages from July in my perpetual journal. As you can see some pages are filling up and it really is such a colourful time of year. We have had a real mixture of weather - warm again now and a brilliant year for butterflies. We are joining in with The Big Butterfly Count and spotted 8 different species in our garden yesterday. 

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Little book of lockdown 2

 I finished the second little book, this one inspired by walks and the garden during lockdown. If you follow my Instagram account you will have seen this patches in the making.

 The hay is being cut and baled up. Always in this field there is a ridge that can't be cut and so the wild flowers are left to prosper. My next piece of work is about this ridge.

 It was thrown up during the second world war as tank defences, or so the story goes. It is always interesting to see what flowers and when.
I love Scabious and its delicate shades of mauve.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Nature journal for June.

 My perpetual journal pages for June. Drawing regularly is such a pleasure. It takes all the concentration to do and is so peaceful. I have included a few close ups at the ene, including that bad chicken I posted about on Instagram. (Put in a separate enclosure for bullying the others)

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Tiny patch book finished and same sea different boat.

 Here is the first tiny lockdown book finished. I have been rather tardy keeping my blog uptodate but with lockdown it has been hard to get on our P.C. So I will have a bit of a catch up. All these tiny patches reflect my feelings during lockdown.
 Some bright and some dark. Well there has been pros and cons of course. More local walks and time in the garden but awful news of suffering and death. So many tragedies. So I have spaced the monotone with the colourful.

 covers in progress and pinned.
 This is my collagraph for Sue Browns patchwork quilt project for lockdown. you can find her blog on the bottom of my blog list. It had to be a bird from me. They have kept me company every day.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Tiny lockdown artists books.

 I have a new project underway making little books of lockdown. I started making tiny patches some square - more abstract and some rectangular - more about landscape and local walks. So my original thought of one little book became 2 books.
 The red dotted lines is the walking line. Daily walks are so valuable in lockdown especially at first when that was all we were allowed to do.
 I have always based my artwork on what I see everyday but now more thankful than ever to live in beautiful countryside and observe the daily changes in Nature.
 Lockdown throws up so many emotions. Worry, anger, frustration, sadness and calm, quiet days. Not all bad. The peacefulness of no cars and planes has been glorious. seeing friends again I am observing more emotions from them. My life isn't that different, but other gregarious people have found it much harder.
 The little books will have 8 patches in each and maps behind some. I have ideas for the covers.
 I'm not sticking them in yet until I have them all made and the ideas all developed.

Monday, 1 June 2020

Perpetual journal for May.

 Here are my pages for May in my Perpetual Journal. All these pages had some entries from last year so it has been fun adding to them, working around them and looking at my observations for last year. This year, of course, goes down in history as a 'Very Peculiar Spring' and I have had more time to draw which has been wonderful. Missing friends, extended family and holidays has not been so much fun. Love to you all and stay safe.

That cow parsley piece finished for now, while I take a break from it and then assess later.