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Sunday, 15 March 2015

inspiration in simple things...

a lawn mower has been heard in the village today, a cheery if noisy optomistic harbinger of spring...it is still only March and still cold, but today there was real warmth in the sun...and that is such a welcome hopeful sign after long months of wearing many layers, and a hat, indoors! 

It such a joy to walk along the road and see all the signs of new life...I never tire of the changes of seasons, no matter how many times I see buds or lambs, it make my heart skip and my head fill with plans for warmer days and feeling freer in body and spirits...

In the garden forgotten crocuses in neglected pots still push up and pop with joyful colour...


and surprise us all!


indomitable daffoldils are yellowing up the roadside....


and I had to smile at the first dandelion...a glorious bloom bursting with energy!
 


and the sometimes shy celandines which only smile in sunshine...
 

and green is the other shade brightening the hedgerows, here the seedheads of snowdrops, often overlooked give a zing against the darker leaves...
 

 and moss, such a colour!
 

a solitary sheep grazing down the field has a secret...


when I got closer, two little white blobs appeared...ahhh!

and you can see how sharp the trees still are, still in winter starkness, but the light is everywhere on a day like today, even the thorny branches are lit up...


and for anyone of artistic bent, there is inspiration everywhere, here I stopped to look at the in-lamb ewes, all mothers to be patiently waiting in the big new shed of a neighbour and spotted this glorious iron sheeting...I just love the lines and all the different colours...and the rust! 




but I dare not start yet another line of enquiry as I seem to have rather too much going on at the moment. I need to keep focussed, but of course a photo can be stored away and the image filed in my head for future use...and creating a textile response can wait until all the other projects are finished...or not!

I have my ticket booked for the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show in Birmingham later on this week...will you be going? Maybe I'll see you there...can't wait!


wishing you a creative week...


Emma xx



Friday, 6 March 2015

playing in my sketchbook...

my desire in 2015  is to use a sketchbook more widely than I have done over the last few years and so I am deliberately 'allowing' myself time for playing with paint and paper, alien tho they can be to a textile focussed person...

it is scary but if nothing is right or wrong, nothing has to lead to anythingthen I'm just playing with marks in colour or black and white... it is simply connecting with my right brain and being creative, in a child like way...and is meant to be fun!! I think we can all get way too serious in our creative world and think too much about outcome and not enough about what is really important which is simply the process which takes us for a ride...






and sometimes it can take me into something with fabric and stitch as here with these beautiful seedheads and dried sweet corn cobs from  the veggie patch...I felt the urge to play with organza and layers and heat gun and stitching...and I am waiting for the next step to show up, at the moment there's some interesting textures and potential for more...

think I feel a soldering iron 'need' coming on...anyone got one they can recommend?
 






and it's been so interesting watching my daughter now doing AS level Art (and a huge amount of work, in no way a soft option!!) and I am loving her creativity in her sketchbook and where it takes her. She has no boundaries or rules seemingly and a great eye and feel for visual effects, I would be delighted to share some of her work maybe later in the year when it's all been marked...and the dust has settled!

enjoy a creative weekend...


Emma xx