We were incredibly lucky to have our kitchen/dining room (which is also my lampshade workshop) decorated just before lock down and I have been meaning to share it on here since then so I'm sorry it's taken so long. I adore this space. It's so light and airy but also very cosy in the winter.… Continue reading Welcome to my studio!
It's April fools day, 2020. A bit different from other years. I don't think many people will be playing pranks. We're doing okay though. My family have adapted really well, it just feels like a long stay-cation at the moment! I've been keeping to a routine each morning at least. Exercise first thing (was Joe… Continue reading Covid-19 Lock Down – Week One – Anxiety
As promised last week, below are some of the artists that stood out for me at Top Drawer 2020. I obviously love drawing flowers and buildings myself so I was very drawn to these particular prints. You can take a look at the artists yourself, by following the links below. Enjoy! From left to right:… Continue reading Top Drawer 2020 – Art
It's Arthur puppy's first birthday this week, I can't believe how fast the last year has flown! Life has definitely changed and to anyone thinking about getting a dog, (well a miniature schnauzer at least as I don't have experience of any others) I would definitely say go for it. I can't think of any… Continue reading Arthur puppy is one!
I discovered The Henley on Thames School of Art last year - when I was looking for something creative to do that fits around working and making lampshades.
Thank goodness I discovered it! What a lovely place it is! It's a warm, welcoming, sunlit studio at the back of Hart Street, with a little courtyard. You'd never know it was there, unless you spot the little sign at the entrance to the alleyway...
We discovered this National Trust property quite a few years ago and have been going back regularly ever since. It is definitely one of my favourites - the house is quite small and incredibly homely; you can imagine the Brunner family living there. And the gardens (with it's ancient wisteria) are very English and beautiful, surrounded by lush rolling hills. Perfect for an escape from the hustle and bustle, with lunch or a cream tea in the lovely cowshed tearoom.
What a busy week. My mind has been buzzing with ideas for next month's Art on the Street so I spent the day yesterday working on that. Mostly looking at old house pictures I've drawn and playing around with Photoshop, great fun. I've realised I need to be structured with my time, so Thursdays are my day for art stuff and nothing else. It really works. I also feel like I achieved a lot this week - I managed to book a summer holiday (what a relief!), squeezed in lots of exercise and even did a bit of gardening.
Well, it's a new year and I'm feeling good, I hope you are too! Why am I in a good mood? I've been thinking and I put it down to: A break in the rainy weather (the sun is shining even if it's cold out there!) I'm a big fan of starting something new and… Continue reading Happy new year!
I don't know about you but I feel as though Christmas was a life time ago, or was it all just a dream?! Not a bad thing I guess; good to get on with a new year and all that. I don't have any new year resolutions as such but I do have plenty of… Continue reading Christmas, what Christmas?!…