I am entranced daily by delicious vistas of autumn light – and raindrops so big you could loose yourself in them. The environment is exuding a wealth that beckons a generosity of spirit. My world is alive with the magic of enticing colour, warm light & shorter days.
Within the art of photography, there is a time of day, called ‘magic hour’ – without getting two technical the half hour after sunrise & before sunset Light at this time is warm & soft & you can capture photos with good shadows & tonal transitions. Subjects look warm, saturated in color. Autumn in our house has me dashing to our front verandah – camera in hand………the half hour before sunrise & after sunset the light is soft & rich & has the depth of velvet. Shadows are deep, but the light is extremely saturated, which makes for amazing sunset shots – which we are ideally situated to capture. Autumn is one of my great loves.
(if you’d like to read a little more about ‘magic hour’ you’ll find some good info here & here)
I have been creating a bit of art with a needle lately. I am thrilled to say that our little princess’s quilt is finished (which you may remember was on my list at the beginning of the year) She has just turned 2 & she is so full of exuberance & has just a mischievious little laugh. She is a little magpie and her little nonsensical conversations and comments make you laugh out loud – such a joy!! What’s the first thing you do when you are presented with an heirloom that has cost many hundreds of dollars & has taken 18 months to make – JUMP FOR JOY OF COURSE!!! LOL!!! We love her to bits – AND OF COURSE – as her grandies – we ARE biased!! Back to the quilt – it’s huge – it began life as a cot quilt, then transitioned (when DIL & I discussed how the precious cot quilts of the older two had become obsolete now that they were in ‘big beds’) into a single bed, then finally into a king single (when I realized that was the size they had bought for their eldest. The final size was 66in wide x 77in long…..aka big & heavy to ‘man handle’…..but it’s done now & sick person that I am, despite it becoming a guilty obligation in the end – I am already looking to the next one! It’s the euphoria of the finished quilt driving me – no doubt! After the spectre of failure that makes me choke at every deadline is overshadowed by a success – I want to recreate it.
We have an event coming up at the end of May that I am creatively involved in & I have been painting, sewing & doing some watercolours, mixed media & digital work – all around the topic of feet & shoes. I have had fun creating fairy shoes, sweet little booties, as well as creating artful invites & treasures to sell on the night.
I HAD intended to post up the patterns that I made for the shoes – but that didn’t happen, so it has to be next time! Til then – take care………..xk
Christmas this year has been devoted to ‘art with a needle’ and although I have been doing a few pages in my latest art journal ‘A Different Perspective’, intermittently. I posted some pics on my flickr site
a few days ago, so you may have seen them, but I am hoping to do a post about the new pages in a week or so. (here’s the link
if you want a sneak peek at the pages) We are having our family celebrations a week earlier than 25th as our son & his wife celebrate Christmas with interstate relatives this year. I don’t mind, ‘cos I prepare for Christmas all year – but it does feel a bit of a crunch now getting to the ‘pointy end’. I wanted to create some personal gifts this year for people I care about, so I have hand made decorations for our childrens’ own trees & for a few special friends. Another project I have been working on is some additional Christmas stockings. Our SIMPLY GORGEOUS
Princess Ariel Faith, newborn this year needed one (pictured below) & funnily enough, all though all our children, grandchildren & DH have hand made & embroidered stockings, I have never had one myself. I have only begun it in the last couple of days, after everything else was finished, so I am not sure whether I will get it finished or not – it depends how I go for time, especially since it will be needed a week early! Soft moss green/murky olivey yellow being my current ‘to die for’ green (that makes sense if you read this
story), but wanting to stick within the traditional palette, I have chosen ‘A Partridge in a Pear Tree’ as my own stocking theme. I will post it (if I get it finished) next week.
as an end note, it was a nice suprise to recieve an email from my fav. mixed media publication – Somerset Studios – & to find out a piece I created a while ago has been featured in the ‘Winter Gallery’, which is great fun! I was especially ‘chuffed’ to see that they are using it to advertise the magazine this time. Woo Hoo! (my work is the Alice Spool made on a vintage reel) I can wait to see how they have photographed it, cos it WAS a tricky one!! You can get all of the collage images and stamp sets that I used from the fabulous ALPHA STAMPS (including some of my own Alice collage sheet designs) Unfortunately, the article is still referring to my blog as at ‘typepad’ – so spread the word & change the link! THANKS for your support & encouragement guys!!