And here is the page from one of my older sketchbooks of my drawings from nature, the acorn cups and oak leaf, the lovely crackled China and the sycamore seeds. Strange little objects with a damaged rose hip berry. Yet I remember that day so clearly as I collected them all.
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Sunday, 4 January 2015
I have been looking back over 2014. I have decided to do this post showing some of the creative things I enjoyed last year. After my eye surgery in March I was unable to draw for a while but I could still sew. My sewing machine was able to do the stitching and I made a new bag. The sewing continued by using the scraps of fabric I went on to make this little patchwork quilt. I included my sitting and leaping hare drawings in the corners, from the lovely peony and sage linen fabric.
My shoulder bag has a big front pocket which I printed with a hare from the rubber stamp I carved. It has been a very useful bag and well used in 2014. The photographer even carried it for me on a walk as I was busy collecting blackberries along the hedgerows.
I love sewing and often make birthday presents and one of them was this linen cushion for my friend in Wales, she loved it.
The weather was really good with a long dry summer perfect for walking and collecting things to draw. Last year I also had great fun carving my own rubber stamps and printing on Fabric. I made myself some handmade tea towels from natural linen and went on to print one using an acorn and oak leaf print. I made a red berry and hawthorn leaf stamp and printed on another tea towel. I loved experimenting on different paper and fabrics and had so many different ideas to try out.
My first real drawing as my eyes improved was of sea objects collected on a walk. It felt such hard work and I had to work a little at a time. When it was finally completed it really was a huge achievement for me.
I began to realise how precious my eyes are. How much drawing means to me. I am glad to say I have now adjusted to the changes and work at a different pace, as and when my eyes feel up to it.
Meanwhile there were many other creative ventures during the year.
I painted my favourite Magpie Moth on fabric, and made a new pincushion.
I enjoyed getting back to more detailed work drawing snail shells and Lords and ladies. I worked with a dip in pen and sepia ink. And I made some walnut ink from a present Lin sent me of walnut crystals.
And when my little five year old friend brought me some feathers she had found on the shore of course I had to draw them for her.
2014 was a great year for the wild berries and I picked lots of Blackberries. I am still eating the blackberry and damson jams I made.
There was Plenty of fruit to eat and for drawing. And of course I could not just collect Blackberries! Red berries came home too.
Drawing with some of my homemade inks was great fun, seeing the different colours and watching them change to darker shades.
Some little toadstool studies with my homemade blackberry ink and a dip in pen. The coloured juice change into a darker shade as I worked.
And using my homemade walnut ink made with the walnuts my friend collected from her garden in Wales. Last Week I tried it out on some little seed heads and leaves. It is quite pale and watery, a lovely soft colour. I used a dip in pen. I have kept dated records of everything as I intend to do this again.
I had another jar which was a little darker shade of brown it gave a very different result as I used it to work with a drawing of this oak leaf. I can see I am going to be doing much more with this ink work as I love using the brown colours. It seems special to know I made it myself.
I have so many things I want to try. There is a new page of seashore finds already sketched out and ready to paint, so I had better get started.
I will finish here. I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas holiday time.
We have had our daughter home and it has been so nice to spend time with her as she lives in Brighton. So here we are together at a summer wedding in 2014. The photographer, my daughter and me. Well I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog over the last twelve months. And a big thank you to the people who take the time to write a comment, it is appreciated and I always enjoy reading them.
I wish everyone a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015
See you soon with more inspiration from Nature . Milly x
Monday, 22 December 2014
I put water in a big jar and placed my ivy inside, with ideas to decorate the house. And to my surprise not only did I have a red berry on the holly but a beautiful ladybird on the leaf. I was amazed to see it and marvelled at it's tiny form, an unexpected guest for Christmas. It was certainly a precious gift. Either way I suspect she was hiding in the ivy which was growing on a stone wall and found her way to my home.
She was photographed and taken to my little ladybird hotel out in the garden. It is all the hollow stems from plants in the garden which I cut to size and put into a plant pot. I must have known we would have some guests because a few minutes later another ladybird appeared as I sorted out some dried seedheads I had collected a while ago and were in the jar I now needed for the ivy.
So she has also gone to the ladybird hotel for Christmas. While I was outside I collected long branches of green ivy from my garden. I always like to decorate with natural plants. It just feels right. Each year I twist the ivy through the old picture frame and add it to the mantle piece and let it dangle amongst the lights. Each year out come my postcards bought from an art gallery I visited on a holiday, together with my collection of favourite cards. A few simple lights, two new white candles and the greenery and I have transformed our living room into a cosy home for our quiet days over the festive time. It is so quiet and peaceful I can hear my finger tapping as I write this.
It is so dark and grey outside, it makes it seem even more cosy and warm. A warm fire as the wood burner glows.
I have been painting on a piece of firewood, I couldn't resist having a go and to see if it would take the acrylic ink. I used this branch of red rosehips.
And I have been painting a holly leaf postcard. I like the connection that this leaf was picked from my garden. I planted this variegated holly bush a few years ago in the garden and I am still waiting for it to grow bigger and be covered in berries. I used a berry I found on the shore.