altering ancient symbols
amused or irate?
Our One-A-Week Photo Challenge prompt this week is PAIR
Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku challenge prompts are : AMUSED and IRATE
The photo is of a painting I did in 1994. I had just returned from a round the world trip looking at all sorts of ethnic symbols in Nepal, Australia, Tahiti and America and realised there is a very powerful symbol in my home county. The Cerne Giant.
I have written about him before a couple of times, here is one post describing a walk in that area. Rainbow Junkie has also written about visiting Cerne Abbas.
When I was playing around with the Giant design, first I gave him a mate by putting my girl version next to him in a painting, but this one is my favourite – girl power!
My 7 year old grandson, Master R asked to me the other day, “Why are boys more important than girls?”
“They’re not are they?” I replied
“Well why do we have the World’s Strongest Man competition and the World’s Tallest Man competition but not the World’s Strongest Woman or the World’s Tallest Woman?”
“Good point,” I said, “I think a long time ago men thought they were more important just because they were in general taller and stronger than women, and some of that still stays on in our culture, but we know better now don’t we, all that thinking is a bit old fashioned.”
We then had quite a long discussion about all the things that girls were better at doing, boys were better at doing and things which boys and girls were equally good at.
They take me into interesting arenas of discussion these grandchildren of mine – looking at the world through their eyes is a very useful thing to do.
Please leave a link to your ‘Pair’ in the Comments, we’d love to see them, and i will include your link in the monthly Round-Up.
The pieces down lefthand side are the broken stems of clay pipes, the rest is pottery found on that day.
I am going to experiment with a new found toy – Sugru. (Introduced to me by Mrs Snail – she teaches us all so much!) I’m hoping to fix the pieces on to the canvas with this substance that turns to rubber, but no time left today as I’m off to pick up Big Bro and Little Bro from school in a minute. A Granny’s work is never done!
Joining in with Paint Party Friday
All pieces of art made on the Beach Clean theme are going towards and exhibition I will be doing with Miss E in Dorset Arts Weeks 2018. However we are beginning to talk about a smaller event next year – I’ll be sure to let you know all about it.
free rein on the quest
Last week Miss E and I went on the train to the Lymington Museum and Art Gallery where 22 Home Schooled children gathered to take part in the most wonderful workshop based on an exhibition of work by many different artists all creating pictures of trees.
The children were invited to leap into a painting and imagine themselves there – what could they hear, see, touch, smell. What would they need to take with them. how did they feel whilst they were there.
They then chose a painting to look at for 10 seconds then turn away and draw from memory, then a different painting to draw just the outlines for 5 minutes, then 5 minutes to use colour. After that we went to the craft room to create a printing block of their drawing in polystyrene, to print on coloured paper.
On the train I was allowing the movement of the train to create wiggly lines in my sketch book as a quirky diary/memory of our day.
Miss E noticed that the rain on the train windows made similar lines when travelling down the windows
which in turn were similar to the lines of the branches of the trees in one of the paintings
I just LOVE the way her creative mind flows.
Joining in with our 52 Week Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt CHECK
Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, prompt words: REIN and QUEST.
I’m a little late this week as I have been away for a few days visiting my son and his three girls and then to Chelsea Flower Show with my sister! We had the BEST time – more of that soon. A highlight of the day was meeting up with fellow blogger Dorris – Wow! That was really special!
……I am so enjoying sharing with you my trip to Japan, here’s the next instalment ……
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First evening in Japan ringing the bell
till we got to the Amuse Museum
There were many wonderful displays in this Museum, but the exhibition that captured my attention was one of whacky, glitzy, fun paintings by Kaneda Hanaki. I just LOVE them.
and I felt a little uncomfortable at the time taking all those photos without buying something, but back then I had not really got to the point of loving them enough to take that step. Going through the photos again now, I realise how they have stayed with me and might well inspire some textile work in the future.
Writing this post inspired me to email the Museum and ask if this one is still for sale. They got back to me and it is!!!!!
They have spoken to the artist and she will send it to me – I’m very excited! And I am so pleased to be supporting this fabulously talented artist. I’m hoping they will send me some information about her and her work. I’d really like to know the stories behind the paintings.
Seen on the Painting Experience’s Facebook Page
So that’s why I feel the need to put petals on twigs ……. and other stuff like this
Have been wanting to start a new big crochet project and inspired by Lucy at Attic 24 who has put together a palette of colours on the Wool Warehouse and Deramores websites, I wanted to have a go at putting my own palette together.
The throw is to go on the futon that sits below ‘Summer Flight’.
So, how about using the same palette of colours.
I found the yarn in the Wool Warehouse
Stylecraft Special DK – Bright Pink (1435)
Stylecraft Special DK – Raspberry (1023)
Stylecraft Special DK – Magenta (1084)
Stylecraft Special DK – Fiesta (1257)
Stylecraft Special DK – Soft Peach (1240)
Stylecraft Special DK – Sunshine (1114)
Stylecraft Special DK – Citron (1263)
Stylecraft Special DK – Cream (1005)
Stylecraft Special DK – Turquoise (1068)
Stylecraft Special DK – Aspen (1422)
Stylecraft Special DK – Wisteria (1432)
Stylecraft Special DK – Teal (1062)
Stylecraft Special DK – Midnight (1011)
Stylecraft Special DK – Petrol (1708)
14 colours, and I hope to keep them in the same proportions as the painting, but we’ll see how it goes as I’m making it
Very excited about playing with different combinations of colours within the same palette.
I had such fun arranging them on the sofa – glee! is the word that comes to mind!
I also just had to add a brilliant orange colour
Stylecraft Special DK – Jaffa (1256)
Because I am also wanting to make some things in one of my favourite combos of pink and orange. With maybe a bit of purple and turquoise too – oooooh – I so LOVE that combo
makes me want to dance!!
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