Thursday, 11 August 2016

Yorkshire Break

In the first week of the holiday I worked at Arty Party. The theme was Peter Pan, so I read the book which I have never read, and had a good week. I decided I needed to go somewhere and had been thinking of going up to Yorkshire for a couple of days. I wanted to see the work of Annie Montgomerie, which I love. She has an exhibition in the shop of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I decided to go on the Monday of the second week. My sister and her partner live in Leeds and my friends Clare and Gary moved up to York last year. They were kind enough to have me to stay at short notice. The park is a beautiful place, with the added bonus of lots of art, and sheep. I looked at the Annie Montgomerie work, then had a walk around the park. Then I bought a sandwich, and sat on a bench overlooking parkland, sheep and a river, which was lovely. Below are lots of photos of the park, and some of the various animals my sister and friends have. 
There are lots of buildings not being used in the park. This is part of an education centre I think. It looks like a gym. There is a lot of renovation of some of the older buildings going on.
Bodies on chairs. 
Giant lady hare. 
Julian Opie galloping horse. 

Dennis Oppenheim sculpture. 
Kaws sculptures. These are huge and are dotted about two large areas amongst huge trees. The places they are displayed are great as you get glimpses of them behind a tree and they are revealed as you walk around. I loved them! Especially the last one which is called 'Small Lie'. The posture of the character is so brilliantly suggestive of that feeling you have as a child when you have done something wrong, but feel ashamed and caught out. 

Henry Moore sculpture amongst the sheep. 

My view at lunchtime. 
Garlic the cat at my sister's.
Steve the tortoise-also at my sister's.
Swirly thing in York.
Soldier on the city wall. 
Elvis the dog. He is a lovely dog-very clever but you have to watch out as he eats anything! He wasn't too sure about me getting my camera out to take pictures but he put up with it well!

My friend Clare has a blog too-The Bonny Badger. She is very crafty and artistic and makes lots of lovely things both woolly and fabric.

The rest of the holiday so far has been spent clearing my jungle like garden, making trolls, goats and Christmas balls, and doing some papier mache work-which I will share when finished. Yesterday I did one more day at Arty Party, as they had an ofsted inspection. It was much more relaxed than school visits. One woman, all about safeguarding and procedures and she was only there for an hour. Today I went to the Georgia O'Keefe exhibition  at Tate Modern with my Mum. She is not an artist I knew much about, and I was really impressed. Her paintings are beautiful and the subjects more varied than I knew. Lots of landscapes which I loved. There were beautiful bone paintings and paintings of Katsina dolls. She lived in New Mexico for some of her life. Her use of colour is just amazing. There were quite a few paintings that I really wanted to take home! Tomorrow I might just sit down!

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Random Selection

I haven't been taking as many photos recently, and have not downloaded them from my phone for ages. So when I did tonight, and looked through them, I was reminded of the last month. Most of it was at school, and then the first two days of the holiday were spent cleaning, sorting and tidying, and this week I have been working at Arty Party. So, next week is actually day one of my holiday, rather than last week when I painted this picture. I have enjoyed Arty Party this week, but am looking forward to next week. I am going to see my sister for a night on Monday, then have lots of things to sort out and make. 
 I love these coloured needles, and thought they should be on display for a while. 
Pig cushion with the pig part taken from Arne and Carlos Chirstmas balls.
The middle little pig defending his stick house before running away fast. 
Smug brick house brother looking unworried.
Cafe condiments. Saturday breakfast two weeks ago. 
Flowers at the end of term. 
Arty Party shadow pictures. The theme this week was Peter Pan. I am in the middle of reading it as I haven't read it. Very strange, quite sad and violent in parts and very funny in others.

The Neverland. 
Tinkerbell print. 
A cheerful whale. 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Only Imitation

Making paper roses for my Mum's birthday card. Just looked up the lyrics of 'Paper Roses' which I remember as a Marie Osmond song. It was first sung by Anita Bryant in 1960, and got  to the top five. Marie Osmond was number one with the song in the U.S. country chart in 1973. It's a sad song, so does not reflect my paper roses, just that they made me think of it. Since I last wrote on here the world has become even madder, especially my part of it. It may be depressing but it is never dull! Essentially though, day to day things carry on, despite all the hoo ha over everything. School has two more weeks to go (hurray!) then I will be free-well-apart from Arty Party but that's not so bad. Then I intend to do all the things I am always planning. This week I have had a big face, as I had an abcess from a cracked tooth. Painful and made me look quite frightening. It has gone down now, with the help of antibiotics, so I am pleased about that. 

Pretty aren't they? They are a bit fiddly but quite therapeutic to make. 

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Photos I like

Just a random selection, mainly from recently, that I like. 
 Tiger and Cassie enjoying the sun. 
 Garden junk. 
 Lily also enjoying the sun. 
 Fluffy sky. 
 Charity shop bargain necklace on free manikin. 
 Cassie staring outside. 
 Cheap mirror being distressed with paint stripper then bleach.
 I went a bit overboard with the bleach so it has a blobby effect. I was aiming more for a splatter.
 Shells on the hearth. 
 Rosie the kitten at Andy's brother's.
 Pink bus to Pimlico. 
 Lily being cute. 
Can't remember when this was from. Might be the Christmas before last when Maidstone was flooded.

Friday, 3 June 2016


Same day, different town. Whilst still in Margate, we had a naughty but delicious McDonald's for lunch, including cheese balls which are yummy-fried mozzarella-don't eat too much of it-but a little-mmm! Then we pootled along to Broadstairs, and, after driving around it about four times, found somewhere to park. We wandered again, few charity shops, a wool shop (for me-I needed orange!), and one antique shop, where I bought a small green hare to go in my collection of rabbits. He feels at home though. 
I love this elephant n the window of an Indian restaurant. 
This old shop front is beautiful too. 
And the garage-something out of the 1930s.
Sweet cat, waiting to be let in by his people, so not very interested in me, but did at least sit still for his picture.
Red relics near the seafront. The seafront looks lovely but is for another day. 
I liked Broadstairs more than Margate, but both had good wandering and taking pictures potential. Fun day!