A productive rainy Hebridean afternoon, spent with the paints, doing some card making The ones marked with a red cross are sold already, almost as soon as I posted them on Facebook. If you fancy one they are £3.50 each plus P&P just pop me a message.
Had a great week up in Lewis – I was able to get my wee van MoT’d and serviced and the garage also fixed the persistent oil leak.
Another reason for my visit was to have a catch up with my lovely friend Jane – we love to do creative things together and lately have been working together on her website. Jane was keen to make a video where she could talk about her mixed media printmaking process. So we set up a mini tripod with my iPhone and away we went. Very little post-production editing was needed, Jane is a natural when it comes to being filmed 🙂
Jane and I have plans for a joint art project which we’ll be working on during 2021. Can’t say much more than that but all will be revealed later in 2021 hopefully 😉
Had a lovely time in my studio this afternoon making up some mixed media bookmarks – I’ve been having trouble keeping up with demand for these, with this little lot that will mean i’ve made 90 so far this year – and every single one different. They are now all packaged up and will be on the shelf at the Uist Craft Producers shop at Kildonan, South Uist tomorrow. £3 each which includes and envelope 🙂
Confession time: Sometimes I like one so much I keep it for myself, I have a wee collection dotted around the house.
I tagged along with Jane and her weekly art group on their “grand day out” to Ullapool today. We had a brilliant day out and mooched around the shops and galleries, sat in the hot (yes, hot!) sun and drank tea, coffee and cold beer.
Our main purpose for going was to visit Kittie Jones’s exhibition that was on at the Ceilidh Place and to see Kittie give her artist’s talk during the afternoon. The talk was great and we had the opportunity afterwards to have a look through Kittie’s sketchbooks.
I took half an hour before the talk to do a sketch of The Ceilidh Place
This week’s project is Abstract
I wasn’t too sure what I would do for abstract. I mean, what is abstract? What does that actually mean? I have to say though that I have really enjoyed this week it has given me the opportunity to be a little experimental and imaginative. See what you think…
My iPad which I love!!
(note that there is now also a newer model out, the Instax Share SP-3 Printer)
Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 20 shots
though for my project I have now bought the Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 100 shots pack to get me started.
The sketchbook I am using for my journal is the square, black Seawhite 140mm x 140mm 140gsm artist’s sketchbook I have bought two of these and using a page a day I reckon each one should last me 6 months.
The above links take you to Amazon UK where there is information about each product. Any purchases made using the links given above will give me a teeny, tiny bit of commission which I will put to good use during future weeks and future projects.
A beautiful sunny day, so after spending all of it so far indoors manning (womanning?) the Callanish exhibition Jane and I decided, after closing time, to grab our sketchbooks and paints and head out to Bosta beach on the small island of Great Bernera. What a stunning location! The wind was a little chilly but we hunkered down in a sheltered spot, accompanied only by the lively local rabbits and set to capturing the scene.
Here is my sketch – fineliner pen and a little watercolour added. The weird looking object in the sea is the tide bell which I believe is no longer working? I also did a few sketches of the rabbits which didn’t stay still for more than a few seconds at a time!
Jane sketching and using watercolours. Hunkered out of the cool breeze.
I’m having an end of season sale of my original art cards – I’ve just uploaded what I have left to my Etsy shop. Most of the art cards are now reduced from £3.50 each to just £2.80
Original monotype prints are also available, from £15.00 per item.
As a gesture of seasonal goodwill you can also claim an extra 10% off when you spend over £5.00 (not including P&P) by using the voucher code CHRISTMAS2017 when you check out.
Here are the links:-
I have to admit I do have quite a thing about Raven’s, they are wonderful birds, what I would call “birds of character”
When this one perched momentarily on a local standing stone I thought it was the perfect shot 🙂 With my love of combining my art and photography I hope you will agree that it makes for a moody, mystical image.
Now available in my online shop as a print, mounted in 12″ x 10″ ready to frame in a standard-sized frame.
I heard about this swap via another artist’s blog and thought it sounded like a lot of fun. As i’d just placed an order for postcards for my forthcoming exhibition I decided to join.
I had to send 5 postcards to America to Kat Sloma of Kat Eyes Studio and then on the allotted day she sorted all the postcards and sent them whinging back around the world. I sent extra postcards as well so that the swap helpers wouldn’t miss out on all the fun 🙂 Very many thanks must go to Kat and all the helpers for their work in this years swap – the 6th year!
So far I have heard from Jacinta in Ireland to say that she received my Hebridean Crofthouse postcard and seemed to be very pleased with it 🙂
I only returned from my travels to Spain last night and can’t pick up my mail until tomorrow – i’m really looking forward to seeing what i’ve received as part of the swap – i’ll update tomorrow – feeling excited! (For update on the cards I received see my post here)
Here are the postcards that I sent out (the set of four Camino ones were available in my online shop but have now sold out):-
My thirty paintings for January arranged as a collage