Sunday, 31 August 2008
I am missing cards in my box that are fairly simple. So I made a few devoid of any ribbons and flowers, so that they could also be used for a man. Images are from PC crafter, the papers are Papermania "Sweet nothings" and the stamped sentiments are all Rubber Stampede. These were quite fun to make :)
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Nice one Phil!
Friday, 29 August 2008
This man is incredible and whats more, he makes me smile too :D
So as he was painting water....
SIR GEORGE HOWLAND BEAUMONT (1753 - 1827)
Waterfall at Keswick
And to accompany it:
Under the Waterfall'
Whenever I plunge my arm, like this,
In a basin of water, I never miss
The sweet sharp sense of a fugitive day
Fetched back from its thickening shroud of gray.
Hence the only prime
And real love-rhyme
That I know by heart,
And that leaves no smart,
Is the purl of a little valley fall
About three spans wide and two spans tall
Over a table of solid rock,
And into a scoop of the self-same block;
The purl of a runlet that never ceases
In stir of kingdoms, in wars, in peaces;
With a hollow boiling voice it speaks
And has spoken since hills were turfless peaks.'
'And why gives this the only prime
Idea to you of a real love-rhyme?
And why does plunging your arm in a bowl
Full of spring water, bring throbs to your soul?'
'Well, under the fall, in a crease of the stone,
Though precisely where none ever has known,
Jammed darkly, nothing to show how prized,
And by now with its smoothness opalized,
Is a grinking glass:
For, down that pass
My lover and I
Walked under a sky
Of blue with a leaf-wove awning of green,
In the burn of August, to paint the scene,
And we placed our basket of fruit and wine
By the runlet's rim, where we sat to dine;
And when we had drunk from the glass together,
Arched by the oak-copse from the weather,
I held the vessel to rinse in the fall,
Where it slipped, and it sank, and was past recall,
Though we stooped and plumbed the little abyss
With long bared arms. There the glass still is.
And, as said, if I thrust my arm below
Cold water in a basin or bowl, a throe
From the past awakens a sense of that time,
And the glass we used, and the cascade's rhyme.
The basin seems the pool, and its edge
The hard smooth face of the brook-side ledge,
And the leafy pattern of china-ware
The hanging plants that were bathing there.
'By night, by day, when it shines or lours,
There lies intact that chalice of ours,
And its presence adds to the rhyme of love
Persistently sung by the fall above.
No lip has touched it since his and mine
In turns therefrom sipped lovers' wine.'
I do love to see waterfalls, somehow they really soothe my soul :D
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Well for the first time, I had a go at some jewellery. It was really theraputic, nice for chilling and I watched the TV at the same time which is a rarity for me. I think I last watched some TV in the winter last year.
I think I should say I have also added comment moderation to my blog. This is because some of my readers do not have google accounts and this will enable me to delete the spam. So now anyone can leave a comment. But, please if you don't have a google account, remember to put your name in, or else I won't know who you are!
Sunday, 24 August 2008
This first one is Andy's Cessna which looks very realistic in the sky:
This next one was my favourite of the day, Andy and Bill:
Well I have a few things to post. I did say I as waiting until I had some natural light.
So firstly, I used PCCrafter for the first time last week so here are a couple of cards using the images. I really enjoyed them, probably because it provided my usual effect but it was good to use someone elses images for a change.
You can tell how long it has been for me to sort things out, the blue one was for a challenge that was two weeks ago...bit late now, LOL
Friday, 22 August 2008
The Fortune-Teller by Thomas Moore
Down in the valley come meet me to-night,
And I'll tell you your fortune truly
As ever 'twas told, by the new-moon's light,
To a young maiden, shining as newly.
But, for the world, let no one be nigh,
Lest haply the stars should deceive me,
Such secrets between you and me and the sky
Should never go farther, believe me.
If at that hour the heavens be not dim,
My science shall call up before you
A male apparition -- the image of him
Whose destiny 'tis to adore you.
And if to that phantom you'll be kind,
So fondly around you he'll hover,
You'll hardly, my dear, any difference find
'Twixt him and a true living lover.
Down at your feet, in the pale moonlight,
He'll kneel, with a warmth of devotion --
An ardour, of which such an innocent sprite
You'd scarcely believe had a notion.
What other thoughts and events may arise,
As in destiny's book I've not seen them,
Must only be left to the stars and your eyes
To settle, ere morning, between them.
I have been fascinated by the tarot cards, runes, oracles and crystals for a number of years. I have been told I have gypsy origins although I am not too sure about that, as yet I have been unable to verfiy the source in my family history. However, as various events of this week have called on my inuitive powers which do actually feel a little rusty, I thought that this wonderful gypsy would make a great Fridays fable :D
I hope you all have a wonderful bank holiday weekend :D
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
I have several bits and pieces to show you but things are generally best photographed in natural light. At the minute we are having unnatural rain that is bordering on torrential. This week has just been so dark! So you get a bright girly card.....and I bet you have mislaid your sunglasses too :D
Monday, 18 August 2008
I am having a bit of a spell on faces, I always did used to like doing them. When I was at school, I used to draw people who were drawing still life - I hated still life, so any excuse to do something different and of course I had a captive subject LOL. I should have got into trouble but I guess my big portfolio stopped anyone giving me too much of a hard time in art class, at least.
Looking at the drawing objectively now, I think it needs a few more dark tones in the hair.
Hope everyone is ok :)
Friday, 15 August 2008
Ballooning over Paris - I. Lane
IF..... Rudyard Kipling
IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
Sometimes when I gather material for Friday's fable, the theme can follow a few thoughts that have materialised over the week.
You need to be aware in the first instance that, at times, I can be less than educated on current events, the reason being that newspaper content can seriously get to me, so I don't read them very often.
However, earlier this week I began a hunt for the photographer of the Lewis Hamilton portrait I used for my drawing. Purely and simply, I wanted to add an addendum to my post to give credit where it is due (I haven't found out who it is yet). As I went on various sites I became aware of some less that pleasant comments made towards Mr Hamilton from, albeit small, a number of people. It struck me and saddened me that some people can dislike someone based on their popularity and talent.
As I was feeling very tired and negative earlier in the week, this along with a few other things made me question human nature, as you sometimes do.
So to counteract the negativity, towards the end of the week I chose a few blogs to read that really uplifted my spirits.. …yesterday I went and read the latest post "The Choice" on Robin's blog for the second time. She is such a genuine person that she makes me feel "quite" cynical but if I sink into one of her posts, gradually my faith in human nature returns.
To follow it up, I spent some quality time with Andy and had a whole heap of fun with my son yesterday via text (and no Cal, you don't get 60 notes for a pair of trainers!).
The day was finalised by a gentleman at Blog Catalogue adding me in as a friend. I went and checked out his blog which turned out to have a gallery section, which I always enjoy…..and I sent him a "shout". That if I asked nicely, would he mind if I used one of his images for a painting, I am always on the lookout for reference material. He immediately came back to me with a whole little section of photographs for me to use as I choose.
My faith in human nature was entirely restored *big huge smiles*. So today I started my day with a different attitude and as I drove into work, the sky was blue and there were two air balloons in the sky. All of a sudden I felt uplifted, just like the balloons.
I realised that my spirits had been lifted by random kindness and my thought for the day is that I wonder how much of it we could spread IF we tried. Kindness is quite simply, much underrated.
P.S Steve of the Steve Falcon blog, I thank you :D
I will add you to my blogroll later this evening.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Caroline gave me this award ages ago and I have been a bit remiss in not getting around to posting it, so sorry matey....and a very happy birthday for yesterday.
It's the Wylde Women Award and the rules are:
1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.
2. Link back to this blogsite so Tammy can go visit all these wonderful women and remember the Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.
It comes with some rules:
The rules of the award are:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you’ve nominated
Ali, Tracey and Su have given me this award. I have been and had a look at all their blogs too and they are really lovely…..I shall pay another visit soon ladies when I have some more time to spare because these were quite new to me and I did spot some lovely things. So check them out when you can.
I was very honoured when Henry gave me this Art y Pico award. Henrys blogs are "wonderful" (Sorry Henry ;) that is a bit of an in joke there) but I am going to tell you a bit more about SoulMerlin below.
Upon winning this award you are tasked with the following rules…
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award. http://arteypico.blogspot.com
I am now going to cheat a little bit because I don't know who has had which award so I am going to list a few of my favourite blogs and a little bit about why they are my favourites. I leave it to the creators to claim one of the awards above as they wish, or not as the case may be. I am aware that some people work on having uncluttered sites and awards don't really sit too well, so as always, I won't notify anyone….however, if you are listed and you want to add it in, then feel free. All of the following are deserving of some accolade. Just for a change, I am going to list a few of my favourite non-cardmaking type blogs:
Nards does a song for the day and weaves the lines though her thoughts of the day. I have been reading this for a while and I love her gentle humour, her love for her family and the fact that she is without doubt, a lady in the true sense of the word!
An amazing photographic blog
Henry has three blogs and is an excellent writer and photographer. I have tried to think of my favourite post on his blogs and just couldn't pick one. I love his series on the Solstice when he went to Stonehenge, which is an incredible account, I love his tree of life posting, his latest post "Preparing to die" had me in stitches (but is not for those with weak stomachs)LOL. Witty, spiritual and great subject matter!
It is clear when you read this blog that the author has a wonderful appreciation of the countryside. This blog has sketches of fauna and wildlife with wonderful descriptions of the surrounding countryside, so much so that at times I can almost taste it. All I read makes me want to visit the area - lovely.
Jens blog is usually lively and full of fun. Not only has she got some superb artwork but at time includes fabulous photographs of her travels, life and is wonderfully interactive. I loved watching the video of her visit to the butterfly farm and I swear she wore me out in 5 minutes.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Monday, 11 August 2008
So I did two cards for two challenges. The first one is "Vintage" for the Arty Girlz challenge which I have made by the skin of my teeth as it will be a new one tomorrow.
I used QVC paper, a vintage photograph and some crocheted ribbon.
The second card for "This Thursdays" , its all about challenge which is Bowdacious is made with the same paper, a BIG ribbon and a beach image.
I thought, hey I can dream, the beach is a good image in my head for a Monday :D
Sunday, 10 August 2008
I had some lovely snail mail yesterday from Vanessa. It was a thank you card for the blog candy but she also sent me a gorgeous bookmark. It is too nice to use, very, very pretty. I am so chuffed, she is a clever person :D
Thank you :D
Saturday, 9 August 2008
The paper is Hahnemuhle velour, quite expensive but very impressive. If anyone has any ideas for tidying up smudges around the edges, please let me know :D
Footnote: Thanks Jen, it got tidied up with a putty rubber.
Friday, 8 August 2008
Well I have been working on this one for a couple of days and it is proving very frustrating. Some of you should be able to recognise him (well your blokes should) , but I am afraid I haven't quite got it..and I am damned if I can work out why!
Paper is some unpronouncable german velour paper, very nice and prismas. The materials are superb, the artist is lacking, LOL.
I am about half way though but until I figure out quite what I need to do, its time to take a break!
I thought that this weeks fridays mojo generator should have a happy note ;)
So I chose: Rehearsal- Edgar Degas
Dance like no one is watching,
Sing like no one is listening,
Love like you’ve never been hurt,
Live like it’s heaven on earth.
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
I am glad she likes it :D
But, I also wanted to say thanks for a fabulous service from "His Nibs", you won't understand the reference there but the nice man that I bought my prismacolors from will ( I rather think he likes nice "proper" pens ). I like to recognise good service, as I know a lot of you do and I had lovely service from this man. As you know prismas are hard to get over here so I ordered mine from "thetinystork" off ebay. Tony's service was great together with wonderful friendly emails. I know I could order from the States but it would take ages, I always wonder if customs are going to lamp a big levy on the top - so I had none of that and I got them quick:D I also have another order pending for the next delivery, I am getting through these quite fast!
I understand that Tony has not had the best of times recently and this undertaking falls in the realms of a little therapy, I hope he does really well, please buy off him if you are going to get some, very selfishly I want to retain my source, LOL. I have told him, he needs a blog too ;)
Monday, 4 August 2008
So it became the subject of this weeks This Thursdays Challenge
I used some paper from the QVC outlet store, the cuttlebug birdsong folder, some embossed and sparkly stickly ribbon (can't remember who does it now :()
I took a series of photographs, here is another one:
Sunday, 3 August 2008
Saturday, 2 August 2008
Sorry about the lack of cards folks but as you can see, I have been quite busy. This was a wave tutorial from Wet Canvas forum. I did have a lot of trouble with the rocks until I painted them as I remember them, down in the very tip of Cornwall. There is still room for improvement but it was a lot of fun and a lot looser than some of my recent paintings :)
Friday, 1 August 2008
This was was a bit fairy based as you might imagine from me:) and these were the contenders:
I really loved them all..............I got Andy to draw and he pulled out Nessy's name..her card is the blue and pink fairy on the bottom right
I then asked him to pull another name because I had the stamps and there were no overseas contenders, well in the spirit, he pulled out Paulines name, so she gets the stamps. Her card is the top, left. Nessy I think I still have your addy, Pauline could you let me have yours please?
Thank you all for taking part....I am useless at this, I just want to give prizes to everyone...
Well this one had to be for this week. Everywhere I look the hay is being cut and baled....
The Hayloft by Robert Louis Stevenson
Through all the pleasant meadow-side
The grass grew shoulder-high,
Till the shining scythes went far and wide
And cut it down to dry.
Those green and sweetly smelling crops
They led the waggons home;
And they piled them here in mountain tops
For mountaineers to roam.
Here is Mount Clear, Mount Rusty-Nail,
Mount Eagle and Mount High;--
The mice that in these mountains dwell,
No happier are than I!
Oh, what a joy to clamber there,
Oh, what a place for play,
With the sweet, the dim, the dusty air,
The happy hills of hay!
I wanted to give a thought for those of you that have never managed to see this painting - it knocked me dead because I had seen so many reproductions and expected it to be small. If you get the chance to go and see it the width of the painting is 6 feet.....it is a painting to lose yourself in.... and it is magnificent - truly :D