Tuesday, 7 April 2009
It's not my birthday....... yet
It's not my birthday till next month, but my lovely OH decided to start early with these beautiful flowers, the lilies are enormous!!! I really would like to sketch them, maybe they'll last till the w/e and I'll have a bit of time .
Speaking of sketching, I was having a moan the other day that I hadn't been able to buy cloth backed sketch books since I was at college, 13 years ago, as the price has been going up and up. After much sourcing my OH found a company who was offering them at a sensible price and bought me enough to keep well into retirement, including some jumbo square ones which are gorgeous. Of courses it would have been rude not to use one so I started with the small sketches I'd done at the hat exhibition and created a double spread in one of the A3's. It was lovely, felt like 'coming home'. Inspired by Stephen Jones's Mohikan hats I found a lino print from my college days that I'd never used and had a go with that too. It was so nice to get back in my garden studio after the winter and make some mess.
We had a lovely afternoon out on Sunday enjoying the sunshine at Motttisfont Abbey. Everyone was really enjoying the Spring weather, having picnics and walking by the river. But true to form I was looking for the little things and found this wonderful pot with it's beautiful handle detail.
And then I spotted this amazing mosaic, I think it must have been a relic of the original Abbey, but I'd never noticed it on previous visits.
Lastly a bit of inspiration. We went to a lecture the other weekend given by a very well know landscape photographer, Jo Cornish. Now, as I've said many times in the past, I'm no photographer and don't aspire to be one, but Jo's approach to his photography really resonated with me, maybe it had something to do with the fact that he was an artist before he bacame a photographer, and as such I think he sees things in a different way.
I was particularly delighted to find that he had produced a book on Northumberland, which I've recently become very attached to, so of coures my lovely OH had to buy be the book (another early b-day present?) as like the Queen I never carry money :-)
Oh! and I insisted he had it signed by the author of course.