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Saturday, 31 December 2016

making a mark...

hello and welcome back to a brand new year, a new look blog, thanks to the wonderful free editing software I found on the internet (here if you're interested!)and it's a fresh start all round.

2016 was a pretty big year in terms of change for me (THANK YOU for the opportunity to GROW!!) and I'm sure for you too, and the world at large. As the Buddhists say..Life IS change...without change there is no evolution, so I look forward to reaping the rewards of those changes and continuing to move forward, growing in peace and in joy...

Daughter mine now established at her place of higher education, and highest fun! She is relishing her wonderfully expanded life so here's to all of us enjoying the same...

Does anyone else listen to Abraham/Esther Hicks on Utube? If you do you'll know who I mean and why I say... "I love where I am and I'm eager for what's coming next..." and if you don't then go check it out!


New diary and calendar...new thoughts and ideas...new ways of approaching life...or maybe just more 'allowing' of life to flow through me and bring me to the perfect things waiting for me! 


Just before Christmas kicked off I decided to really READ one of the many books in my studio, to study and try the exercises in it as I want to expand my knowledge and develop my practice....so I picked this one, Mark Making by Helen Parrott, a beautiful inspiring book


I am drawing more and more which continues to surprise and delight me as I am beginning to realise and feel how important this is, after years of not really knowing why I 'should' draw (years at college and no-one really convinced me!) It is becoming more and more important to me both as relaxation and in my artwork. 

And mark making is the basic fundamental part of drawing...hence the photos are some of those I took to start to look at the marks we see all around us, in nature and man-made. In fact observing is the key, then making marks in response to the looking. And using my left hand (non-dominant) makes marks that are surprising and exiting! Black and white photos seemed the prefect choice to simplify the marks I recorded.

well do let me know what you think of my new look blog...and a big THANK YOU you being there, supporting, reading, commenting, it's so good to be among kindred spirits

wishing you all a very creative and healthy 2017...living happily ever after starts right now!
 


Emmax
 

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Thursday, 17 November 2016

just stitchin...

just loving being back in my studio...I've even been tidying up! It is so satisfying to start sorting out all the piles and get a sense of order...I'm sure it all helps feed my creativity and it certainly makes me feel good. 

My intention today and every day is INSPIRED action...I suddenly found myself clearing out the garden shed the other day, not a big job but it's needed doing for a while...I went to pick spinach for a green juice and lo, there I was pulling everything out of the shed. And boom, it was done! And now every time I open the door, sometimes just to look and admire it...shed love is the way to go!

 
So INSPIRED action is my new way of living, letting go of the 'to do' list, which frankly will never get done, instead I am tuning in and asking what to do...and then I have another 'shed' moment, this time in my studio...or perhaps in the house, or garden. It makes for fun because it's unplanned, unexpected and so easy. 

I want to listen to that quiet little voice inside me, nudging me gently towards something, and ignore the loud shouty voice in my head, ahem "hi ego, I know you're there but really, you want me to do what? I don't think so my friend...I'm off for a lie down, or a walk or listen to some music, then we'll see!"


So here's a little frivolity from the studio...playing with colour and texture, playing with abstract shapes and allowing the composition to evolve as I work with the fabrics and stitching...









and I'm loving creating work for our Christmas show... here's the date for your diary, be great to see you there...Phil clears out his beautiful workroom and we take over and have such fun arranging all our artyness in a harmonious way, creating a magical space...
have a fun week!


Emmaxx

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

letting go...to see what happens

don't we all love it when we get fresh new ideas...and sometimes a different way of doing the same thing is as good as something brand new...


as you will know from following my word ramblings on this blog, I take a walk along the road most days, to enjoy fresh air and a change of scene, going one direction or another, and I always seem to see new or different things...and I love to photograph what I see as it gives me a focus and it feeds my creativity...directly or indirectly, it's all part of my creative soul...



on my recent rambles I have discovered a fresh approach with my photographs which is very much in keeping with my new approach to life...let go and see what happens! I've been playing with focusing in close and then letting the camera and my view through it wander around the hedgerow till something appears, some composition or detail that pleases my eye, then I click and capture it. SO easy!


It's really good fun and takes away the 'stress' if you like of deliberately trying to focus in on a particular thing. By allowing...the result is much more free and spontaneous and pleasing. mmm rather like life really...when I let go of trying to control, manage or fix things, the Universe shows up with something that surprises and delights me...something I couldn't possibly have thought of in 100 years!

 
I love the backgrounds and the soft and out of focus bits as well as the captured detail. It works especially well against the light too.



I love this one especially for the tiny glimpses and the soft focus of the foreground...




 
I'm trying to get back into a creative zone in my studio too, in a relaxed-letting-go-fashion, playing and seeing what shows up...


I could play with scraps of fabrics for hours...and often just play with photographing them too to see what they look like!


this piece was inspired by one of my lovely shells which I just picked up for inspiration...


I love how my embellisher allows me to play with textures and mingles fabrics so beautifully ready for stitching...


So will you join me in some letting go? What will you allow in by being at ease rather than trying to control? Why not just relax and see what comes your way this week! That's my intention...and I'll let you know how it goes...



Emmaxx