Archive for May, 2009

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More Brandi

May 30, 2009

Couldn’t resist – just one more Brandi Carlile song to share (for now!)

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Brandi Carlile

May 30, 2009

Ok, so this isn’t about fine art, but I just had to make a post – so excited.  My favourite female musician is touring the UK and I’ve got tickets to see her on 8th of August at the Oran Mor in Glasgow. 

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Work in progress

May 28, 2009

Thought I’d share what I’m currently working on.  This work is part of a series of themed beach paintings inspired by my childhood memories of playing barefoot in the sand.  To this day I just love the sensation of my feet sinking into the sand – just brings those vivid, happy memories flooding back.

 

Work in Progress (acrylic) 2009

Work in Progress (acrylic) 2009

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Early Bird

May 27, 2009

Meet my new friend.  Now he just needs a name and a story to illustrate …..

Early bird (coloured pencil) 2009

Early bird (coloured pencil) 2009

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Tribute to a blackbird

May 25, 2009

Wee Blackie departed from this world on Friday 22nd May 2009.  The resident cat denies any involvement in the incident.  Experts have been unable to rule out the possibility that Blackie’s sudden demise was the result of a high speed collision with a closed window.  Blackie’s incessant chirping will be sadly missed. 

Here are some preliminary prints in preparation for a larger artwork planned to commemorate the life of Wee Blackie.

Big juicy worm

Healthy Snack (monoprint) 2009

In his prime

In his prime (monoprint) 2009

nestegg

At home (monoprint) 2009

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Good Medicine

May 18, 2009

I’m working on a new idea for an artwork and hope you will spare a few moments to participate. The concept is ‘a pill for every ill’. It’s about what we do as human beings to make ourselves feel better when we aren’t at our physical or emotional best (stressed, tired, down, anxious, poor physical health etc). I want to explore the ways we ‘self medicate’, metaphorically speaking.

I don’t want to restrict this to my own limited perspective. I’d like to incorporate a range of coping mechanisms that reflect the individual differences between people – different pills for different ills. To achieve this I would like to collate the opinions from a cross section of people.

This is where you come in. Responses can be as lighthearted or as deep and meaningful as you like. In fact, a mixture would be ideal.  What’s your good medicine?

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Thomasina

May 9, 2009

Thomasina Allan was something of a family legend when I was growing up.  Through the example of Thomasina, I was taught not to swing on my chair, wander around barefoot, put felt tip pens in my mouth or go outside without drying my hair properly.

According to my granny, Thomasina died from ‘brain fever’ while only a young girl.  Apparently her illness had been caused by a  combination of swallowing a sewing needle and sitting out in the sun to dry her hair.  Thomasina had loved to sit in the front garden and chat to passing friends.  She was a pretty, outgoing young women with beautiful, long, chestnut brown hair.  At the onset of her illness, Thomasina had to be brought in from the garden after a neighbour reported that she was shouting obscenities at passers by.  Her mental and physical health deteriorated rapidly and she died soon after leaving a devastated father and mother behind.  According to the legend, her father cut off her hair and kept it in a glass cabinet so that part of Thomasina was always near him.

As I grew up, I assumed that parts of Thomasina’s misfortunate story were fictitious – anecdotes created to keep me out of A&E.  Last year, while researching my family tree I tracked down the official documents for Thomasina.  Thomasina had died in 1911 at the tender age of 16.  Sunstroke and meningitis were cited as the primary causes of her death.

Thomasina (mixed media) 2009

Thomasina (mixed media) 2009