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Silent Sunday

Dorset, Fleet, Portland, January

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Portland Ripple

ripplestDecember sunshne! So out with the camera for a ripple fashion shoot.

rockthe colours remind me of Portland – the stone, the sea, the grass and the lichen

owla rather coy owl

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with a ripple wing, and teasel tiara

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and a not so cosy armchair

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or throne ………    Tout Quarry is just one of Portland’s many hidden gems.

You can see the colours used in order in the next post.

At the Beach Hut

Glorious day

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to sit and create

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with a wonderful bunch of artists and

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and a perky little terrier ……..

Clay play

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After the slow business and concentration of learning the new skill of stone carving, Miss E thoroughly enjoyed working with clay and made this delightful leaping dolphin

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Exploring a familiar medium in  a different way

The dolphin was left to dryD and the conversation turned to how the clay was used and stored etc, so Sarah showed Miss E how to recycle clay by smashing it with a hammer,

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mixing it with water…………. and swidging it about

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and then ..

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which when held up to the light

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gained magical halos where the paper had absorbed the water.

It was wonderful to watch this process unfold as E was supported by Sarah to explore things as they emerged, E always taking a next creative step with what she was doing.

Even the board on which the model had stood provided a shape that to Miss E looked like a lion’s headtiger

can you see it?

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and so a print was made.

For want of a printing press Granny’s great weight was used and because even that was not quite enough to make a decent print, I picked Elfie up and we jumped up and down on the board and … ta dah!

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She now had a picture of a .. oh , it turned into a tiger prowling towards the viewer. E was down on her hands and knees demonstrating just how the tiger was moving …

tiger22it’s no wonder Miss E recently won a prize at school for story writing – very proud Granny!!!

The three of us were entirely absorbed for those two and a half hours of wonderful exploration – a very special time  – and so lovely to be able to share it with you all.

Sarah runs workshops for all ages and family groups – tis a fabulous experience and makes a great present. Take a look at this website to find out more.

Sculpture Hut

Miss E (my 6 year old granddaughter) asked me if she could ‘do some art’ with Sarah at the Sculpture Hut and so I booked a session and off we went with our packed lunch and warm coats.

E just loves Sarah’s studio and enjoyed looking at, and talking to Sarah about, different pieces there

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she decided to have a go at some stone carving, trying out different tools0001a

and how to make shapes and marks on the stone.

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She worked with a chisel and a mallet to make a carving of a shark leaping up over the edge of the piece of stone and then did some

filefiling to soften the edge.

 

 

 

 

Stone carving is hard work for a 6 year old but she worked for about 45 mins before needing a break.

She discovered that when you come across a fossilised shell in the stone the stone is harder to work.

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We went down to sea to look at the rocks that had been broken by the storms and found fossils in them.

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and found a warm sunny ledge to have our picnic lunch on and watch the fishermen

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and do some knitting – the crocheted blanket was great charity shop find which lives at the hut and the knitting will be a jacket for Miss E.

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It was a really special creative time at Granny’s Hut

Miss E also worked with clay – pictures of her creations to follow in another post.

Open Studio (cont)

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Following on from the previous post: A few more pictures of our very enjoyable Open Studio day yesterday

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If you missed it come along on Sunday, 11th August, when we will be combining our Studio Day with an Open Studio for the Portland Legacy Trail .

Join me on a Winter Solstice Walk

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Ringstead

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kissinggate along the beach and up the hill cliffview housesSeeing the houses perched on the cliff and then to St.Catherine’s Chapel, and Granny-by-the-sea.

When my children we younger we used to walk here and they had to find Granny-by-the-sea before we had our picnic.

grannysea portlandthe view from Granny-by-the-sea, looking towards Portland.