We went to Southampton for the weekend and it seemeed the world was blooming!
Oh and don't forget that there are some new surprises in the shop this week too!
Yup - lots and lots of goodies both old and new up for grabs... I'm filling them with AT LEAST $60 worth of lovely bits and bobs from the shop... and the best bit (because you don't know what you're getting) is that they only cost $25 smackeroonies!
Our Quince is bursting into bloom! I love these bright, unapologetic flowers and their spikey armour (spot the spines). Ouch!
I only (consciously) noticed them after working on these two paintings: Coincidental colour matching? Possibly, but I also just watched (more listened to) a programme about neuroscience and how large a part our unconscious mind notices as opposed to our conscious (the link is here - Horizon on the BBC, but it will only be accessible in the UK and until 17th April 2012).
More shots from the workdesk today:
...and an often-made mistake...
...and some little legs - part of a larger painting I'm working on...
Yesterday, I spent most of the day on the train to pick up Amelia, who had been in Cornwall for the half-term hols. I used most of the train hours pointing my phone out of the window to capture sights like this:
Late Winter. Many freshly-ploughed fields getting ready for planting. So exciting!
Lovely, warm sun through the window and waking up all those little seeds underground.
...and a few sheepies enjoying a munch! I also spotted a load of lambs, but didn't managed to capture them on camera quckly enough. Sorry! Anyway, i'm sure you know what lambs look like by now, so you can imagine them :)
I do love travelling through our English countryside and training it is probably my favoured method of getting around.
One of today's jobs has been to list a few new prints. Originals have sold and these images have been just waiting around in the computer for me to put them to good use, so here you go!
Just thought I'd share a few photos and the new cold water whales print set with you this lovely, sunny, but ffffffreezing Friday...
Yup! We're growing a carrot and a parsnip top. I'm wondering if they'll ever get to the stage where we can plant them, then I can take the seeds, plant them and grow more actual veggies...anyone know if that's possible?
For the moment (as our wall and framed decor changes ALL the time), this little Lizzie Bennet is sitting on one of our kitchen shelves. If you'd like one, she is available for sale >>here<<.
...but if you prefer something more aquatic...
Mr Narwhal print! I love how the detail of the canvas really stands out in these prints!
...and Mr Beluga...I love their whaley smiles - if ever you're in a bleugh mood, just take a look at their cutie faces! Ahhhh!
And the print set, which will be popping into the shop next week:
I really hope my love for these amazing animals has come through in the paintings.
...or "Baby's Breath". My mum used to grow this in our front garden when we lived in Southport. I've always had a soft-spot for it. When I saw bunches and bunches of it for sale yesterday, I could't resist!
Morning! - A chilly one here - it feels like it's really wanting to snow!
Concerning the title of this post, Ms Austen mustn't have seen my home! Well, maybe it isn't so much that I do housework in a slovenly manner, rather that time seems to be absolutely filled with things which MUST be done and kept up to, then while my back is turned sorting out those tasks, somehow, piles of paperwork materialise behind me and it tends to take a long time to find any extra time to go through it. That's all it is - paperwork. Where does all the paper come from?! Surely, I must fill a 2' x 1' basket with paper recycling every day. HOW???! Is it just me, or do you have this problem too? Are there malevolent paper pixies trying to ruin our lives? What did we ever do to them? Oh...maybe it's the wood elves...yes, I suppose they would have reason to be annoyed at our destroying their forests... Anyway, enough of my inane babblings...
Yes - lots and lots of Austen-esque, Recency-style painting. I've been concentrating more on the original 18th Century fashion plate paintings and drawings, with those whimsical, dreamy poses. I have had an inspiration wall in front of me too:
Hello! I've been beavering away on a few different projects the last couple of weeks, so haven't been putting energies into keeping in touch with you guys :/ Sometimes I wish I could be one of those people who can survive on four hours of sleep per night, or even six, but I seem to be at my best on eight or nine. Plus, as the fantastico Dina (whom I don't see nearly enough, but we're planning on meeting up again with our respective sketch books soon) reminded me last week, on a short jaunt around the city - even people who claim they can get by happily on so little sleep are probably just kidding themselves - surely it can't be healthy...can it?
Tea at the Tate!
A close up of two young cold-water fellows who will be joining the shop very soon! Meet Mr Beluga and Mr Narwhal! I can't get anough of those littIe smiles all whales seem to have! There is a little more work to do on them, but it won't be not long now :)
...and a few more peeks at the Twin Peaks dollies and scenery for the update this WEDNESDAY 25th Jan!!:
Can you recognise them?
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