This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
I try to use my own photo's as much as possible, sometimes I borrow from the web. If I inadvertently use your picture without giving credit, please do let me know and I will either credit or remove it, I hope you will do the same with mine.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New pictures...........

These are done on drawing paper and so they crinkle up. Not a great way to show work. Still I will show a few......A New Forest pony.

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This came from a picture I saw, I liked the way the hair covered the girls face. I did it from memory and have forgotten where I saw it so I hope its not too much the same as the original

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the rose is just another loose attempt done without a drawing first. Pencil added after.
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This is an original done after a day at the beach..........just a simple attempt
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Sometimes even the most simple drawing might make a note card?????
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The flowers actually looked a lot better on the paper. Taking a picture never gives a good image, it highlights the ink too much.
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This on is also a very simple depth or anything like that.....just look so much better in the book but that's OK. This is just to record some of what I am doing. I am on Book 5 now, its fun looking back through. Time to begin on original stuff.
I still see no point in doing paintings because I have nowhere to put them. I may do some note cards though.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

More lovelies...........

I am sort of recording some of these beautiful gowns for my own pleasure. I see them as works of art really. Especially the beaded ones. So much work put into them. I wonder what happens to them. I know those who buy them probably only wear them once or twice because they are so memorable but then what?
Most of what I am showing is Haute Couture.....that means lots and lots of money.
Look at this. Not sure what occasion would allow for the wearing of this but I think its awesome
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Why do the models make themselves look so the dress
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These silver gowns are wonderful
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A short dress too, not so fond of the short styles these days but as its not for me, well she sure looks nice in it
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The gold is beautiful too
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I look for gowns with beading or beautiful use of fabrics. I liked these two
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The gold one looks very Egyptian. The other is Celtic
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I decided that I was a Magpie in a former life as I love glitter.

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Not so fond of bright colours but I did find a few that I liked
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How about shocking pink....or the Celtic robe?
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The bead work and the silver is wonderful. I wonder what the fabric feels like? Is it scratchy?

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These two are more elaborate and I think I would like the 2nd one without the slit up it.......but it looks great on the model.

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I am still not sure if I like the pink outfit, it looks like a 1950s or early 1960s outfit so I sort of like the fabric and style.........the red is just beautiful though. I wish they showed the rest of the dress

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So there ya go, a few more beauties to drool over.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

more beautiful things.............

I cant help it I see these beautiful things and just have to share.
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I think I would enjoy shopping for things like these, I love clothes and it would be nice to be able to get things that look good on me. As it is I wear mainly casual stuff.
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I like the artistic quality of Haute couture. I would never pay those prices no matter how rich I was, but some things are just plain beautiful
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Ok this next one may be weird but isn't it astounding?
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I love this colour. I love the subtleness of it.
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I like the beadwork on this dress.
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This is the most beautiful colour pink. I also love the beadwork
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This would be more my size if I am honest. Its nice to see that the larger sizes can look just as nice, just as pretty
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This one is unusual but pretty
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The colour combination on this one is dramatic and wonderful
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I have many more to show but enough for now. This is a place I can store some of the things I enjoy. I hope you enjoy them too

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Watercolours and some of my failures...............

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Above are two "cartoonish" pictures that I like to do. I am thinking of note cards later on and thought these might be something I would like to do. Here is another

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I saw someone did a couple of owls on a twig. I liked it and did my version of crazy owls like a bigger one that I did before.
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This didn't come out so well but I may try it again.
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This one? maybe not
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More cartoons.............copied this from somewhere and changed it a bit for me. I add it to my crazy cats collection. Remember Clarence the cross eyed lion? That's why I wanted him.
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Then another pathetic attempt at a Cardinal. I just can not get it...........will keep on trying
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Another thing I find difficult is male figures. They end up looking like hairy girls
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Friday, July 12, 2013

more pictures....................

First some birds.....not sure now what I already posted so here goes.....Choockie

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Working on you see these are not what you would call paintings, just practicing my looseness.

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I am trying to paint without drawing first and just highlighting with a pen after. This is called Coming in for a landing. I saw the basic idea somewhere and then just did it from memory so hope its not too much like the original because I am not trying to copy people. Just get ideas to practice with.

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This little bird has gone through several incarnations before becoming this one. I think I ended up with a blue bird but was aiming for an Indigo Bunting

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A little French village street maybe?
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To the Beach...........that was us yesterday. Catch our adventure on Bluebell Woods
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Thats it for today folks.............I appreciate comments and critiques. Only way I will improve
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

A few from my latest journal...........

I am still working on the loose idea of watercolour. I needed some idea of what to try next so searched the blogs and Pinterest. I collected some pictures of birds. I took a look and then tried similar things. They are just for my journal and to learn from people whose work I like. Not for any kind of publication or other use. This first picture is rather bland but I sort of like it. Called "Going Home"
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Some bluebells......loose bluebells (smile)
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This is my poodle Bodicea. She was sitting on the deck and I drew her and then I painted her
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The other poodle that was sitting with me, Bella
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This is one of my baby birds.
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My English Robin
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Flowers are still a work in progress
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my little table top fountain
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I am not sure I see a lot of progress, but in some ways I do. I like to look back over my other journals and try to see progress. I see baby steps. Not what I have in mind I want to do things well. I see so many others who do such a great job and I like to try their style, then I see more and try that until I don't know if I am coming or going. So I carry on in the hope that I will find my own style.......but I like to do so many things. I like child like drawings too for fun. Anyway all for mow