Sunday, February 26, 2012


Well here's my newest funny drawing with the help of my art supply enabler Jane. After watching some of her videos I just had to get some paint dabbers, inktense color pencils and watercolor markers. Still waiting for the gelatos.

I'm feeling the need to collage a bit more too. That's the goal for the week.

Got my house ready for my Italian party. It was a fun time with lots of wine and meatballs.

Here's the hostess looking a bit blurry but still having fun.
Well off to use my new art materials.
Ciao ciao

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Oops someone forgot they kept a blog... I had some floral issues going on in London. Here's what I got with my lucky credit card.

Liberty of London had too many choices for me. I am now on the frequent buyer program there- seriously.

Umm who has a Cath Kidston problem?
Luckily I couldn't locate Cabbages and Roses.
Next blog will be back to some artwork. Working in my journal a bit and trying to sew. Here's a preview:

I'll be back soon- will you?(just kidding)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Full of Ms. Arkell

 Here is Julie welcoming us on the first night. I always have to take pictures of Julie because she wears the most incredible outfits with layers of pretties. Her aprons are good enough to wear to a party. I enjoyed Julie's talk the first night. It is apparent that she truly feels each character she creates has it's own personality.
 This is just part of Kim's collection of Julie's work. Apparently her husband has no trouble figuring out what to get her as a gift. Julie enjoyed seeing her old friends but was worried that she hadn't put knickers on one of the dolls she had made a few years back.
The first day was spent working on forming the figures with newspaper and than gluing on the newspaper with wallpaper paste. We dried everything over the radiators. I think I showed a picture of my objects drying in a previous blog entry.
 The next day we started with the dressing and decorating. This was quite challenging for me. None of my pieces are complete yet, but I will show you what I have so far. Above you will see my five hour pink knitted rabbit hat. OOh I really wanted one and knitting is not my thing. I tried to persevere (much to Julie's horror, I think) and only had a tear or two. After I completed the hat (which Julie said she envied for it's imperfectness) Julie promptly took the knitting needles away from me and recommended I take a knitting class before starting anymore knitting projects.
 Julie brought in some paper mache puppets she made (and did an inpronto puppet show for us with them) and suggested we each make one. This was harder than it looked since we used the wet paper technique. Many of the group worked on elaborate costumes for their puppets, but I was too busy knitting that hat to finish much detail on my puppet. The body is from a a shirt and there is a sleeve on the right where I will create another head and have a double puppet.
This little friend is still in the pin stage. I worked on a new style ear not involving knitting. It's amazing to me how hard it is to make a good face on these dolls. Julie does it with ease but as nice as everyone's work was, none looked like Julie's- especially the eyes and mouth. I think that is a good thing.
My creatures are still in England on holiday. My new friend Janet said she would send them back to me. so right now I am taking a break from finishing them. I'll provide an update when they are completed.
All in all it was a fun class and I learned some new techniques. West Dean was a beautiful campus and the other women were nice to be around. Julie's personality was the best part for me.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Snow full...again

Well I made it out of London safely- just a slushy walk this morning to Victoria station. I enjoyed London and popping around but it sure was cold.

I fell in love with this chair ( sorry it's a bit out of focus) at a vintage market I stumbled across yesterday. I contemplated how to get it home.

My favorite breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien. I could eat here every morning.
Julie Arkell photos next time. It's 2 AM London time so off to bed I must. School tomorrow.
Wonder if I'll wake up to snow...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Full of paste

West Dean is beautiful and the class and women in the class are fantastic. It's great to be around Julie again.

Here are my characters before their book paper coats. Soon I shall dress them and somehow knit some rabbit ears.

Hopefully a walk around the grounds will happen today. This picture was taken from the wc window.
Cheerio for now.