Tuesday, 9 February 2016

new work - embroidery

a scarlet garden

reverse side - a scarlet garden

Above you may see 'a scarlet garden' - a miniature portrait using red thread on hand dyed linen. I am particularly pleased with this smaller work and enjoy the 'simplicity' of just red/scarlet, with a strong graphic and folk art feel..... The piece is quite small at 8cm x 7cm and is designed to be framed. I did not put a backing on this small work as I rather like the reverse story. Hope you do too.

Yesterday I mentioned working on a larger piece. I've decided it was not working out after all. As I always only wish to offer my best work, I have put it to one side. The smaller embroidery works are my focus right now and I am happy with that.

Below you may see 'woman with doll figure' - this is an intricate, larger brooch. The green motif on her dress was inspired by snowdrop leaves..... I felt the figure was more doll than child, but as always I am happy for you to make your own interpretations.

These pieces - and several others - will be in my shop update tomorrow (2pm uk time).

woman with doll figure

Monday, 8 February 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. (Vor)Frühlingswerwachen!, 2. 236, 3. Untitled, 4. Untitled, 5. Greetings from Arnhem, 6. 2014 - andalouse d'après matisse - #art #charcoal #sketchbook #sketch #moleskine #landscape #forest #tree #spain #flamenco #blackandwhite #woman #bush #portrait #drawingoftheday #draw #drawing #illustration #paper #instagram, 7. curbs, 8. ·, 9. Untitled, 10. Studio misfits., 11. b l u e s., 12. York Art Gallery, 13. Camera Obscura, 14. a, 15. Untitled, 16. 74 (mentor), 17. So leggere fra le righe, 18. riffs, 19. Paper garden 2 by Tiel Seivl-Keevers #papercollage, 20. Paper bits

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Hello again, thanks to all the photographers and artists featured in this week's mosaic. As always I encourage you to follow links and discover more...... It's a very windy, rainy start to the week here! I was woken in the night with gales thumping on the window. We have had a very unsettled and not particularly cold winter - so far.

I hope where ever you are in the world that you having a good start to your week. This post is a little later than usual as I have spent the day working on a larger embroidery portrait. Once I get involved in such an intricate piece I often lose track and just have to 'stitch my way out' - one way or the other - and it's a time-consuming process. My focus for embroidery for the months ahead is smaller pieces, especially brooches, but I want to make larger pieces just once in a while. So, I am happy with how my stitching progressed today and I hope to show you the completed work some time tomorrow.....

Meanwhile, I'm making a new series of sketches on paper, especially gouache portraits - these won't be appearing this week, but in a few weeks time as I want to work on these as a group..... It helps sometimes to keep connected/related works together so that I can see them, photograph them together and offer them as a collection of sorts. I'll share about these new works on paper in the coming weeks.

So, I'll be updating my shop again this Wednesday. I'll have a new selection of embroidery works and perhaps a few new works on paper too. Thanks always. Hope to share a 'new works' post here tomorrow....

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

new work - folding books

spring light

spring light



giddy weather

giddy weather

A new series of folding books - here are the first three (they will be in my shop today). Working with acrylics on lovely Fabriano paper (200gsm), these simple, small-scale folding artworks are sisters to my sketchbooks. I work with a clear mind, no fixed idea on what may emerge..... Marks are made to create a sense of energy - a flow, so that the book, though divided by folds, is also complete as a composition. They are designed to be displayed either standing on a shelf, or framed flat. Though the sizes vary slightly, each book takes roughly the same amount of time to create. I'll be offering them at a modest price of £20 each.

Also in my shop today - there will be a further selection of embroidery brooches, a few new paintings and monoprint drawings. I hope you may enjoy taking a look - updating at about 2pm (UK time)

on a fine day

on a fine day - embroidery brooch