Two years after my teaching trip to Norway I get the opportunity to work on the creative ideas I worked on as I travel. But even in that short time, the opportunity to use different methods of completion have suddenly appeared on my computer.
The world speeds past you in a fusion of color as you travel and I try to capture as much as I can with photo images, however, the design images stay in the brain and don’t escape until I put pen to paper.
This past year the world of illustration changed for me when I was introduced to the iPad Pro. Now I have paints, inks, pencils with me all in one package and the soothing music in the ipad of Nora Jones added to my relaxation as I worked yesterday.
I drink the first cup of coffee in the Qantas club. Not the ones they have prepared prior to my arrival and displayed on a tray in paper cups as you walk past. Make if fresh honey and please can I have it in a cup not a paper thing. The plane flight is just an hour and a half and I manage a little breakfast and a drawing of a rabbit, just because I could.
She advises, corrects and consoles.
Soul Sister, kindred spirit, or BFF, she shares life’s most intense moments as well as the boring ones. She holds the Princesse’s hand when she is sad, stands by her side no matter what happens, and is her shoulder to lean on in case of a hard blow.
More than a simple companion, the confidante is
a locked safe that keeps all the princesses secrets.
There are many stories of great friendship between a princess and her confidante. Some last only for a short time, like those of a Princess-for-a-day.
During my time home I need to complete 5 quilts and I’m well on the way to doing that at the moment. I find that working on a number of genres at one time works well for me. I don’t get bored with one quilt… and at the end I finish 5 quilts at once… (well there is a possibility that I won’t) It all depends on babies, family, babysitting, another visit to the skin specialist and the need to stop and sigh every now and then.
Still working on this one. I’m still colouring. On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me, 2 pink Galahs and an emu up a Gum Tree.
I'm slow. I finally finished the Ireland drawing I did for all the folks on my bus. Sun, Rain clouds, cottages, stone walls, patchwork fields, sheep, chickens, the cliffs by the oceans, the islands, peat, the quilt show and our bus going down the narrow roads. Actually I did it 3 times… and the fancy drawing flew overboard in Oman in December….Strange but true, its a bit like the dog ate my homework… at least I have a picture to prove I was there.!!! Oman I mean. It was in the back of my sketch book as a loose leaf, suddenly a gust of wind came up and fed it to the fishes. I will put it up on my web page as a PDF on the web page when I've notified my group and you can download it if you want it. So now its time to consider going again… Join me on the tour… trust me its the best trip you will ever take. We had a wonderful time.
I've decided to add illustrations to most of my projects…… I think I can get a better feel for the image rathe than just stitching it. This lady was selling hats and bags on the beach in the Bahamas and I whipped out the camera and took the photo…. Now to quilt it…. I'm not sure just what format I'm going to use. I could make a huge applique lady…. Like this one… This lady is 3 ft 6" high. You know when we began making this quilt I really thought that these images were almost life size… by the time we finished quilting them they turned out to be 3ft 6" it was a bit of a shock really….
It's still dark. The air is cool and the beauty of being in a house instead of a hotel room while traveling is that I can get up and work without disturbing anyone. Our friends arrived (after traveling the long way from Houston ) a few days ago and after being on the road for a week they were thrilled to have a comfy bed and a hot shower. It's been a whirlwind of events and I guess you are a bit sick of "Views of San Miguel" hence no blog. On Saturday we visited a city called "Hidalgo" There are dozens of potters’ workshops making and selling talavera—Mexican hand-painted pottery and tiles. You'll find everything from cups and saucers, to giant urns, bathroom sinks, and floor tiles in countless colorful traditional designs. This little pueblo is also where Mexico's national hero, Padre Miguel Hidalgo, cut loose "el grito" (the cry) setting the Mexican Revolution into motion and changing the course of Latin American history forever. On a lighter note, it's also known for its …
Whew…!!! I've been sending this blog out under enormous difficulties… The Internet would go in and out….. one minute, I'm on line, the next… down it goes. I had difficulty getting my mail on the lap top, but thank goodness for the Ipad…. it came through every time. It was 105 today so I was inside most of the time…..I have been working and finished almost all the letters….. "R" for Ralf…. and now I feel homesick hearing that Ralf is missing me and Tilly was unhappy at kindy, asked why she said "I miss my Bamma". I was able to chat with Keith tonight, and two of the young me who work here walked past and chatted to him too… cute… One young man has decided to be my minder… he's a nice young man, he makes sure the passages are quiet at night and checks on me each morning when I come down to the lobby. I might just adopt him too. He fits in well with our family. I found another use …