Wednesday, 11 January 2017


After the holiday it was time for my pens to get back to work, so I got out a selection

and gave them a sketchbook.
My Real Life friend J. makes these wonderful, beautiful, useful sketchbooks in different sizes and I have a nice little stash of them.

The pens just looked at me, silent.

"What's wrong?".
"We don't know what to do".

Good grief.  Now I've got pens with artist's block.

"OK", I said, "Draw an orange circle and take it from there".

And they did.

Oh a bird, that's predictable.
I've absolutely no idea where they're going with this.  What are these funny squarish purple things in the sky?

I see what they've done with the square blobs.
And now we've got two crawly things.

It's getting a bit better.

Thanks pens, I'm taking over now.


What do you think will happen next?

Is the happy flower in danger?
Who lives in the two little houses?
What about the purple blobs?  Friend or foe? 
Who is that, on the extreme right?  I'd have liked to see more of him.

Linking to "Art Journal Journey" where Erika is asking us to "Tell a Story".

Monday, 2 January 2017


In a previous post I posed the question "Where do ideas come from?".

Erika is hosting the challenge blog "Art Journal Journey" this month with the theme "Tell me a story", and the first port of call was my sketchbooks which sometimes have strange drawings in them.

I found this sweet lady standing happily in the middle of a page.

With a green face?

The rest of the story just about made itself (with the help of my magic pens).

This is her transport, landed on a convenient rock.

I've no idea who this is, he just sort of appeared.
Is he a friend?

But where did these large flowers come from?
Has the alien landed on earth .......or is this her own planet?

Who (or what) is on the approaching airship?
What is the significance of the yellow circles?

Any ideas?

The painting was made with watercolours and watercolour pens and no alien photo-editing trickery was involved.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016


Hello friends.

We are all ready at Orange Esmeralda's house for the best Christmas and New Year.

The tree is looking good

and the teddies are all wearing their best Christmas outfits.
These two are visitors, they wanted to stay for Christmas.

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I'm making art for an exhibition in April 2017.

Here are some try-out ideas, made from painted papers and threads.
The bright colours shine through the dark and will join in with Valerie's theme of "Light and Darkness" at "Art Journal Journey".


Finally, many thanks to you, my dear blogging friends, who visit Orange Esmeralda's blog and who leave such thoughtful and encouraging comments.

However you celebrate at this time of year I wish you Peace and Love.

Love is all.

Friday, 9 December 2016


Have you ever made a painting, realised it was no good but then spent the next five days (on and off) trying to rescue it?


Because it was a good idea, and I am always hopeful.
Because I was trying to make something for Valerie's theme "Light and Darkness" at "Art Journal Journey".

Don't worry, you won't have to look at it, it's now safely gone.

I went back to the comfort zone, searched through my sketchbooks, played with Photoshop and created two other pieces for "Art Journal Journey" instead.

* * * * *

This was a sweet little painted text flower which I attached to a watercolour painting.

I polished it and polished it until it turned into .....

The Blue Jewelled Flower

Next to the rescue were these pages from my sketchbook.

I kaleidoscoped the left page, cropped it

and played with it until I found .....

"Lights in the Blue Dark"

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Finally, I've been working on some sampling for a textile exhibition next year.  
This is a little piece with hand-dyed cottons, appliqu├ęd and free-machined.

I quite like it, it's rather jolly.

What do you do when you've worked on something for far too long, and it's still not working out?

Sunday, 27 November 2016


Hello everyone.
I've been away, off-line, for a week and am now looking forward to being back both in Real Life and in Blogland.

I was staying at my sister's and Riaham's house where I was looked after so well in every way.  

Riaham says hello.

My sister made the magnificent crocheted blanket.
I made Riaham's hat and frock coat.

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Susi at "Art Journal Journey" has given us the unusual and fun challenge to make a collage with no faces, wings or leaves.

I made two for the challenge before I went on holiday.

First a textile collage called "Treasure Chest"

made with 
black fabric mono-printed with acrylics,
dyed fabrics,
beads and sequins and 
hand and machine stitching.

The second collage is postcard size (6 x 4 inches)

and is made from 
washi tape,
three painted houses cut out and pasted,
the house on the right being first pasted on to an acrylic painted background and
the background coloured in a patchwork fashion.

Monday, 14 November 2016


Where do ideas come from?
Are they wandering about looking for an artist?

I've often had this feeling that an idea is in the air and anyone can catch it first.



And then there is the floating sequins idea.

I had finished a collage for Susi's theme of "Collage with no faces, no wings and no leaves" at "Art Journal Journey" (but hadn't posted it yet) and you could have blown me over with the smallest feather when Margik posted a beautiful piece a few days later using cupped sequins in the same way.

A while ago I made a minimalist collaged postcard 

and always wanted to make another one - so here it is for "Art Journal Journey".

The castle is a print from one of my paintings, edged with purple ink, 
the words are printed and glued on (to avoid any lettering accidents)
the sequins at the top and bottom are sewn on.  
Please note that the little bush has clusters of red berries, not leaves.