I never did get back to the 'finding your joy' taster course. It wasn't exactly a scam as the instructor was very upfront about this being a marketing exercise, but it felt like one. Reading the Facebook discussion which followed as she announced each practice exercise was very distressing. Lots of people became convinced they … Continue reading Finding your Joy Part 2.
I haven't done much in the past month, although I have watched numerous Youtube videos on Westalee template designs and reacquainted myself briefly with painting. From having no Westalee templates for quilting at the beginning of May, I now have several! I have done several practice swatches with the first set I got on 6th … Continue reading Westalee Templates and Find your joy 2021
I am not a good planner and I procrastinate a lot. Now we have decided to move back to Scotland; we need to downsize considerably! Although it will tug at our hearts to get rid of our book collection, that is relatively easy. We did that to come here and I still miss some of … Continue reading Planning
And I don't know how to pull myself out of it. I think I am suffering from Covid fatigue. I can't get myself motivated even though I have ideas and plans. It all seems a little pointless. Why have I hit this wall? Things are looking up. Both Gordon and I had our 1st Covid … Continue reading I have hit a wall
Okay, I would have written a longer post about this image, but it would have just come across as whiny. That would have been wrong as I enjoyed the class, but by this time, I knew it wasn't a direction I wanted to follow. Nixon's Birthday Nixon was something that happened when I was a … Continue reading Nixon’s Birthday
This was the 2nd assignment of the Susan Shie drawing group I joined in January 2021. Looking at my journal, I see we had snow the day this theme was created. Thought that would be the last of it! I am glad I wrote down some thoughts about this drawing as 5 weeks is a … Continue reading Let Freedom ring!
How this drawing came about.
Selfie with big hopes, a drawing theme set by Susan Shie for her Facebook group. Over 4 weeks she leads a group of amateur artists in exploring different themes, giving advise via her video collection.
Well, this was going to be my last post of 2020 but it has taken so long, its now my 1st post of 2021. Happy New Year, everyone and good riddance to 2020. It got to be better this year, hasn't it? I have been quite active this year in my creative work. I have … Continue reading End of Year round up of my work for 2020
I write about the podcast, music and youtube videos that have given me mental sustenance during the last 9 months of this covid era.
For several years now, I have posted a creative piece on Instagram each day at the beginning of December and ending on 24th December. I begin well but alway end up struggling to post each day as I am too ambitious in my goal. It's my way of getting into the festive season as I … Continue reading Its the annual countdown to Christmas time!
I am having one of my regular artistic blocks which isn't helped by this pandemic. Each day rolls into the next, so I have to mark a cross on the calendar to check which day it is. I am also trying to sort out all the thousands of digital photos I have on various hard … Continue reading Spiral Fabric Collage
but learning new skills is a way of keeping your brain healthy. I decided to move my domain to WordPress where my blog resided before a brief dalliance with Wix. Everything was going fine until I saw the theme I was using had been 'retired'. Easy enough, I thought, change the theme. I wanted something … Continue reading Just a little confused
At the beginning of the covid isolation, I was working on my stitch mediations.I had seen a post by another instagram poster which tagged stitch mediation and slow stitch. I had come across slow stitch before as I have a couple of books on it. With Slow stitch, you use all natural fabrics, wool or … Continue reading The Pandemic ….continued
Up to now I have been active in a creative sense. With my husband working from home, I don't like to do housework while he is working other than the basics. That suits me fine as I hate housework. So while the house disintegrates around me from lack of attention, I have been been playing … Continue reading How has your Pandemic being going?
Deciding what group I belong to. Am I quilter, artist, hobbyist or creative.
How I got to college
How I came to be an artist rather than the scientist I wanted to be.
Just a quick post to say I will be back in the New Year after an 18 month break. My plans for the blog are that I will continue to add what I am working on as I do them but in the main it will become focused on my life as as artist, beginning … Continue reading I will be back in the New Year
round up of what I had been doing art wise since my last post. Included painting, sewing and mixed media
So the end of the year is fast approaching and its been 3 months since I wrote on here. Unfortunately that depression just got worse as the months went by as it became apparent and then confirmed that Donald Trump was going to win the Presidency 😦 I will admit that shook me to my … Continue reading End of very bad year but I suspect it will only get worse for 2017.
This is not going to be long post as basically I have not done much in the 2 month since I last wrote - exactly 2 months wow! There is a paint out today in Austin but there is no way I am facing rush hour traffic plus my allergies have been really bad recently. … Continue reading inspiration lost
Has taken over my creative juices it seems which means I haven't actually been painting as I intended this month. Its already 21st July and I have done exactly 1 painting plus started a fabric/paper collage to cover a painting that went no-where in June. Like the painting, that has been on my easel for … Continue reading Bobbin Lace
Well, not much has changed since I last wrote other than I have started to learn how to make bobbin lace. For something that has two basic moves Full stitch and half stitch, its surprisingly difficult. Not sure where it going to take me, if anywhere, yet but I am enjoying learning how to do … Continue reading June 2016 – gone in a blur
and I don't know why. I have lost all enthusiasm for everything. Working in the studio is a chore. I walk with my son's dog in the morning and see some beautiful wild flowers. I think I really should paint or draw these beauties but by the time I get back home, that desire has … Continue reading And the struggle continues
I am struggling at the moment. Ever since returning from London which is about 5 weeks now, I have been dithering. In the hope things would begin to gel in my mind with some reflection as I made stitches, I restarted an embroidery I began a few years ago which was part of the TAST challenge where … Continue reading Struggling
I started this blog post about 2 weeks ago and never got around to finishing it. Text in blue will be start from 2 weeks ago and the rest now. view of Oxford Street from bus. London always busy. Well, I have not done much since my last post as I flew to London to … Continue reading Trip to London
this is the last in this series of works which I started in 2010. I ended up with bead fatigue about the end of 2011/beginning of 2012 with 3 pieces to complete. I restarted this project late last year. This is not a good photo of this piece and it is an issue that has … Continue reading Finally finished December BJP 2010
Much of the beginning of the month was not very creative as I was scanning in old photos for my Dad as an aid for his speech therapy. It was good to look at all the old photos especially of my Grand-parents as they have been gone for a long time now and all we … Continue reading Plein Air Austin group at 43rd Street
This year has started out very well so far. I have ensconced myself in the studio most days and have happily dabbled in lots of different things. This morning I actually managed to move myself and get down to LadyBird Lake in Austin where the Plein Air Austin group was meeting up. I was only there … Continue reading just enjoying creating at the moment
This has got to be first for me, completed a piece (only took 5 yrs), started a new work and finished a drawing all before the 6th Jan 2016! Above is the finished beaded journal page I started in 2011 and never quite finished. Here is a link to a previous blog post I had … Continue reading New Year and New Work
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 750 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 13 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the … Continue reading 2015 in review
I did not work on my main project that I revived last month as I knew I would have little time to concentrate on any real creative juices to flow. So decided to do my usual 24 days of Advent. I am not really religious but I always enjoyed the countdown via an Advent Calendar … Continue reading 24 days of advent
Well, its been a month since I last wrote and slowly the depression I was suffering from is lifting and life is getting back on track. When I was younger, I didn't realise I suffered from depression but now I know its a family trait and I let it takes it course. Mine has fairly routine aspect … Continue reading Depression and creativity
I have nothing new at the moment. I briefly sketched today but a wasp drove me away. It was meant to be the beginning of new project based on the Cap Metro Rail line that goes though Austin and some parts of Cedar Park, that started in 2010. It is only one line but it … Continue reading In an artistic slump but the weather is cooler
I should start by saying I would not teach as I know I cannot teach. A teacher is a very special person who loves to share to what they can do and enthuse a whole new generations of people/children,like my friend and tutor, Beryl Kerwick. She is a an amazing teacher and truly inspiring. She … Continue reading Jump start your watercolour
Notes:9/16/2015 time 4.20pm No network connection About 87c Time for a quick sketch before I get burnt. Time: 4.47 A very broad interpretation. Curious effect to standing next to water, makes me seasick with the motion My usual inertia hid me after my morning training run and before I knew it I had wasted a … Continue reading time for a quick sketch
Notes:9/15/2015 12.24pm 82f feels like 88f 27c feels like 31c cloudy with a slight breeze 10/15 mph SE Ventured out of Pflugerville to place called New Sweden where there is a classic Lutheran church. Used my phone to navigate as I always get lost on the country roads. Once I got there I was in … Continue reading Before you leave, check everything is in the bag
This is was only effort this week and I was not happy with it. I tried watercolours again and failed miserably again. It was under the bridge at Swenson Farm Blvd and it was hot. I took a separate small sheet of watercolour paper (about 4x6 inches) I managed to lead against the low wall … Continue reading A small break due to heat!
When I was kid, the headteacher at my primary school, described me to my mum as a plodder. Not a flattering term but probably quite accurate. Notes:Sketch #19 9/02/2015 2.36pm 88f felt like 90f 31c feels like 32c Pflugerville lake beach area Nice breeze in the air 10 mph. Intended to sketch somewhere else but … Continue reading still plodding away
Notes: 1st September 4.00pm about 95f Totally unprepared today, forgot my glasses & phone. Standing under a bridge for shade so very quick drawing. Yep pretty difficult to do without my glasses. wasn't striving for accurity (accurateness) but feel. Loss it at the end About 30 mins - temp 91f feels like 95f I did … Continue reading Shade under a bridge
Notes: sketch # 16 11.23 am 84f feel like 85f 28c feel like 29c Slight breeze. Thought I would come out to the edge of town where the Heritage House Museum is situated. Just not a lot of shade to be had unfortunately. 12.11 Had to stop suddenly. swarms of ants on my feet,- the … Continue reading a little night time stress reliever.
Notes: 3.30pm 8/27/2015 Sketch #15 Approximate temp 78f Thurs is watering day which is 3 hrs of shifting water hoses/sprinklers around the front/back garden every 30 mins- cut off time 10am. In theory, that mean I have time to beat the oppressive heat that is Central Texas. But I am lazy! So I am indoors … Continue reading view from the window
Notes: Sketch #14 8/26/2015 10.52 84f feels like 90f 28c feels like 32c found a nice shady point facing the main road through Pflugerville. trying out stool feels a little precarious to be honest and not that comfortable. 11.41 - getting too uncomfortable to stay on longer. Feet are numb from semi couched position the … Continue reading Sketch #14
So I have been a little lax in with the sketching over the last few days. I managed to push myself out very late yesterday despite the heat as I know if I don't keep it up I will soon let the days slip by and before I know its months. I really want to … Continue reading Sketch 12 & 13
This hit me on Wednesday so I didn't go out sketching and then about 1pm I had a call from my grand-daughter's daycare to say she had a high temp. She seemed a little pasty faced and tired when I picked her up but by the end of the day she seemed fine. Yesterday, I … Continue reading Heat and tree fagitue
My notes for today: "sketch #10 9.17 am. 27c feels like 29c. 81f feels like 85f. Although it is slightly hotter than yesterday, it feels more pleasant as there is a slight breeze. Not sure what I am doing this morning. I had in mind the playground but at the moment I am looking at … Continue reading Today there will be colour
Today's notes "sketch #9. 9.01am 77f feels like 77f. 25c feels like 25c . Thought it would be cooler today but no such luck. Air feels very sticky even though it says it the same as yesterday. Location picked because it's the closest to HEB (supermarket). Start 9.05 am. Will sit and observe for 5 … Continue reading Not a good day for drawing
Can you see it? It just visible at the top of the trees on the left. Haha My notes for today " Sketch # 8 8/16/2015 8.56 am. Early today as grand-daughter with her mum, my very multi talented daughter comes over between 10.10.30 am. Temp is nice this morning, lower humidity than yesterday. 25c … Continue reading Pflugerville Watertower