Saturday, 26 December 2009

You know that your nieces and nephews have stayed over too often when...

...the only channel you want to watch is the Disney channel and you can't stop singing Miley Stewart/Syrus/Hannah Montana/whatever-her-name-is songs!!

I hope you're all having a great time with your loved ones. Here's a little something for your delight.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Just a little something

I'm not going to mention the "S" word. You know, that white stuff that falls from the sky and makes everywhere look pretty and Britain come to a standstill. I love it, but we didn't have enough of it for my liking, so I'm sulking and I'm not going to mention it.

I am feeling much better now. Thank you for all your well wishes. I'm still not 100%, but much better than I was.

While I was ill I was sooo impatient to get my clay out, but I just didn't feel well enough. Yesterday I got my clay out for the first time and thought I would start with some simple pieces that were not too time consuming or physically demanding. So I made a couple of slabs to try out my Marianne design. What do you think?

The top one is slip inlaying. I carved out the image, then painted the slip on top and then scraped it off to reveal the image "inlaid" underneath. The second one is regular sgrafitto. I'm not that good at drawing though (the original drawing took me ages and I used the eraser quite a lot!) so I traced my original drawing, laid the paper on top of the clay, and drew over it to leave an imprint and used that as my guide. They're both slightly different though because I only traced the outline of the girl. Which one do you prefer?

Monday, 14 December 2009

Hey, look at this!

Well, believe it or not, I'm still ill, after nearly four weeks. Needless to say, I am starting to feel quite grouchy. However, this slide show of the exhibition on the Pytchley Village website cheered me up a little. This little slide show by no means shows every picture display, and out of nine tables only two were photographed - one of them being my own! Yay! I'm famous! I'm in the slide show! :)

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Lots of waffle and photos - it's the virus talking

In my boredom, (due to illness, obviously, because who would normally have time to be bored?) I decided to try to finish that portrait of Scott when he was a kid. It still looks absolutely nothing like him and I'm not sure if it ever will. In fact, I think it looks more like my brother Robert when he was a kid. Strangely enough, whenever I see my brother Robert I always end up calling him Scott, and Scott, Robert, which he hates, but that's another story.

Scott tells me "It looks nothing like me" and in my mind I'm thinking "Yeah, tell me something I don't know". I'm getting really frustrated with this. So, I'm not a portrait artist. So what. There's a reason why I chose clay over pencils.

Talking of clay, I ordered some samples to try out the texture, colour, strength, ease of use, that sort of thing.

I only managed to try out one of them before I got ill. The one that looks red has a wide firing range, and comes out black in high temperatures and brown in lower temperatures. I wanted to see what the brown would be like, so I made a little something, nothing exciting (and I can't even be bothered to photograph it) so I will find out the colour in January when I get to fire it. I didn't really like the texture though. It was very coarse, more so than crank, and not very plastic, like garden soil with road grit in it! Ok, slight exaggeration! But they do two other clays the same colour and firing range but different textures, so I'll have to try them out too.

I've been having lots of ideas for my clay. More sgraffito mostly. I wanted a rose design that I could carve, but I didn't want to copy Leanne's beautiful design. So looked up some rose images on google and tried to draw a simple rose outline that I thought could work if it was carved on clay. I suppose I won't really know until I've tried it, but here it is, in my little sketch book.

And just to remind you (or just to show off, one last time) here is my vase that Leanne carved for me, with her rose design, now filled with porcelain roses.

Isn't it beautiful? Anyway, I digress...

I drew another little sketch in my sketch book, which I hope will translate well in to sgraffito, but I'm not sure, it might be too detailed. Again, I won't know until I try it. If it comes out well I'll probably use this image a lot. It makes me think of Marianne, pining for her Willoughby (Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen).

While I was looking through my sketch book I came across some ideas that I never did get round to painting. I went through a bit of a phase with triptychs... I only painted the top one of these designs. Remember Nanna's Bulrushes?

You see, I was already testing colours. I think they could be fun to paint too. Who knows, one day... Just like that portrait of Scott... one day! I'd made up my mind to give up on that, but you never know... Perhaps I should just start it all over again? I don't know, it's so frustrating.

Y'know, Mona's and Angela's drawings/paintings have been making me want to get my pastel pencils out and try drawing an animal, but I had soo much trouble drawing Scott's hair, what chance do I have of drawing something covered in fur?!

So that's my waffle for today. I must say, I prefer them with cinnamon and ice cream, but we can't have everything we want. I'll leave you with a couple of photos of Pete's pot, from class. This man has so much patience when he's decorating his pottery, and it pays off!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Out of Action

My silly virus took a turn for the worse last Monday. Well actually, the Doctor thinks I caught another virus on top of the one I already had. So I have been very poorly all week.

Doctors are amazing people aren't they? The one I spoke to on Tuesday was able to listen to my chest with his stethoscope down the phone line! He couldn't hear any wheezing so he said I should stay at home and let the virus run it's course, but to ring back if it got any worse. It did get worse, and I did ring back - four times this week actually - and each time I have been told that they can't do anything because it's viral but to ring back if it gets worse!

So now, on top of the muscle pains, swollen glands, sore throat, blocked sinuses and chesty cough, I also have blocked ears and a perforated eardrum and I can hardly hear a thing. But they can't do anything because it's a virus! (Edit: Add to that an upset tummy, and now laryngitis from coughing so much. Scott has got worse again now too and keeps throwing up) :(

I have trouble understanding the difference between a viral and bacterial infection. I understand that my aches and pains are viral, and even my cough and sinus trouble could be viral, but how is discoloured mucus viral?? I'm not a doctor, but surely there is a point where illness passes from viral to bacterial?

So anyway, I'm obviously out of action. I didn't go to class last week and I won't be going this week either. This week is the last class until January, so no goblets until then :( I shall have to postpone my girlie night anyway because it's less than a week away and I still feel like deaf I mean death. I can't even watch telly cos I can't hear it! So how bored do you think I am, just watching the clock until it's time for my next dose of pain killers?