Thursday, 25 November 2010

little fighter

I don't know how you put Youtube videos in your blogposts

but i hope this works so that you can meet my cousin's little fighter

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Have a rummage

here's the results of my making frenzy on my stall at the first of this year's Flare Craft Markets. Today's event was held in a historic 16th century Tithe Barn and lots of people came to see and buy. The cakes were scrummy too :o) More making needs to be done before next week's I'll be over at your place to see what you're up to soon x

Saturday, 6 November 2010

making frenzy

I'm trying to get as much work produced as possible for the first of the FLARE art and craft markets next weekend, as well as a million other things on my 'to do' list. I should change my name to last minute Annie. For a much more organised approach please visit my lovely colleague and fellow exhibitor Maki at her gorgeous shin shin blog ...I can't wait to see all her lovely ceramics on display..............

Thursday, 28 October 2010


as some of you know i spend some of my working week here with people with sight loss and other learning and physical disabilities.

it's an inspiring place to be.
this jewellery and mirror made from found objects wrapped in wire is the work of one of the art makers at the centre who has developed his own way of twisting and threading to produce
some amazingly textural forms.
he is completely blind.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

art day

there are some days when you just have t0 put aside 'other things' like tax returns, work, worries and boring chores and just get on with some art. for some people not having enough ideas about what to do is a problem .. for me its having too many ideas, too many things to finish, too many things to start, too many materials, too many techniques, too many ways of working. in situations like these i have to just sit down and get on with it, something, anything. i just pick up some materials that are closest to hand and just start. maybe i'll start sticking or painting or drawing or cutting or sewing or knitting. i did this today because it feels like ages that i've been faffing around doing 'other things' and it feels good just to have spent a couple of hours putting a few layers down. finishing them? ahh now that's another story.

Monday, 4 October 2010

random things that caught my eye

frosted patterned glass

flourescent (yes flourescent) orange truck PHWooRR

spanish style villa (going cheap apparently)

weathered plastic post with Lychen

my lovely dad's footwear (he's got to be one of the coolest octogenarians on the planet)

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

bright spell

my bright spell is not new...
it's a while since I treated myself to this
bloomin gorgeous original drawing from Yummihouse on Etsy

but more bright things have been manifesting themselves recently.
like this painting by my sister (she'll kill me if she finds out I've put it here)
and this basket which I couldn't resist

then there's the bright collage that we started at a recent

workshop for adults with visual impairments

i'm enjoying my bright spell

Sunday, 5 September 2010

tube of magic

in July i had a tiny bit of time and i attended an abstract art course taught by a guy who i wont mention incase he doesnt want his name splattered across the internet. his classes were recommended to me by a friend who really rates him. i wasnt disappointed. his teaching style is half art half comedy which is a fine balance. it got off to a good start when he stabbed our attendence into the register with a fork and i knew i was in the right place.

we spent six weeks making a cardboard sculptury type thing and created a large abstract drawing from it (silly me hasn't got any photographs of either) it was all based on Kurt Schwitters' work and ideas of Mertz (that might be spelt wrong). anyway i gave my drawing/paintingy type thing to a very dear friend (who might also like to remain nameless) and yesterday it arrived back in a tube. He'd added drawing, collage (i keep finding bits of things I've made and sent him in the past) and stitch to create a magical painting which i absolutely adore.

a collaboration i didn't even know i was part of

Saturday, 4 September 2010

last weeks of summer

sweet peas in my sister's garden, nice flowers, pretty flowers great tendrils. (i think this is the bigger image as requested by rose).

Tuesday, 31 August 2010


I'm hoping that these tangled lines and rustic surfaces will inspire some new paintings.

Friday, 9 April 2010


i still haven't found that potion..the one that makes more hours in the day and more days in the week but 2 days of spring sunshine reminds me that the end of the academic year is nearly upon us (well, we are 2/3 of the way through - so that's well on the downward slope) and soon I'll have time to make some art. Lucky me has enrolled on some courses here and here.

Recent arty finds are these delicious ceramics, Elaine Pamphilon's recent paintings this outrageously yummy yarn shop - they have an online store so you too can run up a rediculous credit card bill just like me. This is the stuff that i couldn't resist and how's this for summer?


Sunday, 14 February 2010

I'm working on a potion to make extra hours in each day, extra days in the week and extra days in a year. When I succeed I'll be arting around so much I'll use up nearly all of my , some say, rediculous (but they don't know any better) collection of ephemera and art 'materials' and i'll have to go and hunt out some more. I'll be here more doing show and tell too. Until then here's some adorable badges that one of my learners with learning difficulties made this year.
Happy Valentine's Day