Monday, March 28, 2016

The Museum of London

A few weekends or so ago, l joined my husband and daughter, Jenny, for a trip to the Museum of London. We firstly what to see the Tattoo London Exhibition, we were not dissappointed.

Couldn't resist ... sorry Tony but thank you for being a good sport.


Cockney slang words.

Then there was the normal exhibits in the Museum !

When we lived in the Bahamas, some 16 years or so ago ....we had one of these " brick sized " mobile phones! :)

On no ... my Childhood is in the Museum! :) Bill and Ben the Flowere Pot men ... " weeed "!! :)

Loopy Loo .

Andy Pandy

What else but " Ted " ! :)

And last but not least ... " Spotty Dog " ...  Oh happy memories!

The 2012 London Olympics ... Seems such a long time ago now! They had the spears, or some of them from the amazing Olympic Torch and a video about how it was all mad. Brilliant .

Think the design of this bike, the Penny Farthing is beautiful. I would not have like to have to ride it though! 

Then there were the models ... brillant.

Then there were all the amazing bones!

My husband and gorgeous daughter ... thanks for sharing the day with me. :)

My search for texture and colour.

I have been taking a lot of photo's lately, of textures and colours. Some have been from Nature, others from everyday day life!

The bubble image below, was from a large puddle l found at the side of the road. I am not sure what made the bubbles but l think they are very unusual.

A new purpose for a red phone box ! 

Another image to add to my "Circle" project.

Last week, my gorgeous daughter, treated me to a Spa session at The Dorcester ... where else! She also threw in a Champagne Tea! Oh bliss! Outside the Hotel, was this amazing sculpture.Very white and in the rain, it glistens. It can be seen from quite a distance, as it is such a stark white marble. Stunning!

This was the simple but very effective floral decoration in the Spa entrance .

The simple but stylish table decoration.

Then yesterday , we went for a walk on Wimbledon Common. It is a great place to think, get ideas or just be calm. The weather has been wet, for the last few weeks and it shows in the beautiful green, that can be seen every where. There is also a lot of "spare" water around at present, like you can see in the image below.  Infact some of the areas look like a swamp! :)

I often do some echo dying and lichen is something l often use. But only if the wood has fallen off the tree. I love that fact that there are some many different shades of greens on this one tree branch and trunk.

This tree reminds me of a Turkish oven ... when l come back from visiting my new grandson, l have inmind to turn this into a shrine, of some sort!  For quite a few years, l have been intending to create some shrines but life seemed to always get in the way!

These tree roots look as if they are alive and will move any moment!

This heart is beautiful and really is this dark.

The storm is coming!

I enjoyed playing around with this image. It reminds me of a negative. I intend to carry on this project and will more than likely paint it.

Love this next image. It makes me feel that the world and time are moving around my husband, while he is standing still. 

This next image really "rocks my boat", as the saying goes. It has loads of texture and some many cool colours. There are so many ways that l could use this image. Mixed media, textiles, embroidery or painting.  Yummy !

This image makes me think of wasted land, maybe due to war.  It feels raw and lonely!

Wimbledon Common is a place that can be full of people or very lonely/peaceful place!  Often it feels to me, a spiritual place. I love the silver birch's that are all around and the many fungi that can be found. Especially the fairy rings that can be found, filled with red spotted fungi! Real storybook images.
At the moment, l have no space to paint my large canvases in, as l had to close my studio/school. I am lucky that l do have some space to work, small in. So for the moment, l am concentrating on sketching, researching and journalling.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

My March Sketchbook Challenge spread and l love Spring!

I am involved in a Sketchbook Challenge, with 2 other teacher artists. There are actually a couple of hundred school, artist teachers involved but l only work with two, for a whole year! One month l create something in my own book, for artist A, then the next month l create in artist B's book. The image below, is what l decided to have a conversation with, this month. The "hole" made me think of Theatre's and puppets.

The next image is of my Mind Mapping ideas. Thought it was an interesting idea to show how my mind was working!!:) Frightening! :)

The next images are of the "theatre and puppets l created, in response to " the hole" :)

This is an image of people in the audience .... every one clap now!

The story idea.

The Jones's.

My aliens in all their glory!

The full spread.

The town! 
I really enjoyed creating this spread.

Do you know what this interesting trunk, once belonged to?


I love Spring.