Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Work in progress - cream scarf

I fancied doing a scarf with a bias stripe, and have finally worked out a pattern. I'm using a cream wool–acrylic mix for this scarf, and after it is blocked and has a fringe added it should look quite stylish. This is going to be a long skinny scarf, and is destined for my etsy shop.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Stripy scarf

Finally, I've managed to photograph my long, soft, grey stripy scarf (see earlier post) so that I could add it to my etsy shop. (It's been too windy, too dazzlingly bright, or too gloomy until now.) The problem is how to label it for people to find - grey or gray? Whichever wording I use, it seems to slip down the listings. Oh well. You can see it in all its grey stripiness at http://www.etsy.com/listing/88896934/gray-scarf-grey-scarf-hand-knit-striped

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Yellow-fronted amazon parrot - commissioned painting

Here is the latest addition to my etsy shop - a commissioned portrait of a female amazon parrot. This looks a sweet bird, with a bright and perky look, but sadly she has passed away and the picture is a memento of her.
I have happy memories of regularly visiting the parrots in Regent's Park Zoo when we lived in London. There were a couple of very jolly and playful yellow-fronted amazons in a quiet corner of the zoo and we'd slip them the odd nut (probably not allowed now). I do remember that they could be horrendously loud sometimes, when they were not chuckling and bouncing up and down on their perches.
You can see this painting at http://www.etsy.com/listing/88572689/reserved-for-cherylline

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Work in progress - stripy scarf

My next project for the evenings - a stripy skinny scarf in some gorgeous soft wool/acrylic yarn I found in a shop in Bakewell. It's quite beguiling, the way the greys change - I have to hope that they don't reach exactly the same colour anywhere (they approached the same colour in the middle section). The colours are lovely - silvery grey to a deep charcoal. The slip stitch at the edges is a nice punctuation mark and also hides the colour change. This is destined for my Etsy shop of course.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

A new scarf - burgundy lace pattern

I've just finished a burgundy scarf in Rowan kid classic (70% lambswool, 26% kid mohair, 4% nylon), in a lacy pattern so that it's warm but not heavy. You can stretch it so that it's long and narrow, or shorter and wide. I plan to add this scarf to my Etsy shop, but the light just now is not good for photography (it's getting near sunset so the light is too yellowy). I'll try again tomorrow - watch this space!
Update, 18 November: I've now managed to take more photos and the scarf is in my Etsy shop. You can see it at http://www.etsy.com/listing/86481351/burgundy-hand-knit-scarf-warm-soft

Monday, 7 November 2011

Bath silhouettes - Theatre Royal and King's Spring, Pump Room

Here are my latest two additions to the series on Bath silhouettes - the Theatre Royal and the King's Spring in the Pump Room. I love the elegant metal frame for the lamp by the Theatre Royal, and the little fish with their open mouths are quite appealing. (These drawings were photographed on a sunny day so they look rather different from the others.) It's been great fun drawing these silhouettes; I think half a dozen is enough for now. You can see these two in my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/listing/85546715/theatre-royal-bath-original-ink-drawing and http://www.etsy.com/listing/85547712/kings-spring-pump-room-bath-original-ink

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Bath skyline - Pulteney Bridge

Here's my latest sewn picture of the Bath skyline, a grey ink silhouette of the Pulteney Bridge (the peak of the pediment is just visible beside the trees) and the amazing array of chimney pots along the rooftops of Bridge Street, with the Victoria Art Gallery. I'm enjoying this grey acrylic ink - it gives a lovely silvery look to a drawing. You can see this in my Etsy shop, at http://www.etsy.com/listing/85106519/original-ink-drawing-pulteney-bridge

Monday, 31 October 2011

Bath skylines

I've recently had a short holiday in Bath, and this time I was particularly struck by the many beautiful skylines - the architectural details are gorgeous. I've started to produce a series of ink drawings, silhouettes in scribbly grey ink. The drawings are about 4 or 5 inches by 7 inches, and I've sewn them onto an 8 x 10 inch sheet of watercolour paper. The grey sewn line just adds a little outline to the sky area. I found it hard to photograph these pictures - the paper is creamy but it has come out rather grey in all my photos.

The views here are of the Abbey from beside the Roman Baths, the roof of the Holburne Museum, and the view down Broad Street towards the Abbey. I'm hoping to carry on this series - there are so many tempting subjects!

You can see these drawings in my Etsy shop, at http://www.etsy.com/listing/85035241/bath-abbey-original-ink-drawing-city, http://www.etsy.com/listing/85034729/bath-skyline-original-ink-drawing-sewn, and http://www.etsy.com/listing/85035837/original-ink-drawing-broad-street-bath.

Autumn woollies

Now that autumn has definitely arrived, I've started to pick up my knitting again. I've finished this really soft, light and warm scarf in Rowan Kidsilk Haze, a very luxurious yarn, and it's in my Etsy shop now, at http://www.etsy.com/listing/84905696/scarf-knitted-kid-mohair-and-silk-scarf

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Windswept flames

After making my autumnal treasury, I painted this impression of a hillside bonfire with windswept flames. It's an acrylic painting, 8 x 10 inches, on canvas board, and I used acrylic texture medium to give a rough and scratched surface. You can see this painting at http://www.etsy.com/listing/81292849/windswept-flame-autumn-bonfire-original

Monday, 29 August 2011

Green abstract, crimson abstract

My two latest paintings are a couple of gestural abstracts in heavy impasto oil paint, with scratched lines in the more thinly painted areas. I just wanted an area of gorgeous colour. These are on 5 x 7 canvas boards, and you can see them at http://www.etsy.com/listing/80584594/green-abstract-original-oil-painting-5x7 and http://www.etsy.com/listing/80539291/crimson-abstract-original-oil-painting

Friday, 26 August 2011

Sky and clouds

My latest sky painting, of clouds sailing by on a summer day. It's was great fun painting this, very cheering.
(Please click on the image to see a larger view.)
It's a 12 x 16 oil painting on a deep canvas, and you can see it at http://www.etsy.com/listing/79885582/sky-clouds-original-oil-painting-12x16

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Spring hilltop

The hilltop skyline and Hunting Tower at Chatsworth, seen on a fresh spring day. I thought a long horizontal format (8 x 16 inches) would be useful for this oil painting, which shows soft grey clouds sailing past. The trees are just starting to show some spring colour.
The Hunting Tower was constructed in the 1580s for Bess of Hardwick, as a summerhouse and possibly for the ladies to view hunting in the park at the foot of the hill (though it does seem to be a long way from the flat riverside area).

Reflections - small abstracts

Two small (5 x 7 inches) abstract oil paintings on deep canvases based on the colours of reflections in the lake by the pinetum at Chatsworth. The shapes of reflections can be surprising - I found the curved areas of colour rather appealing. These paintings can be seen at http://www.etsy.com/listing/79875621/green-reflections-original-oil-painting and http://www.etsy.com/listing/79875783/yellow-reflections-original-oil-painting