Sunday, 3 January 2010

On the sofa and the train..

We watched a documentary about the great Oliver Postgate the other night and this quote about dolls really stuck in my head-"Dolls can never choose, they can only be chosen."
Chosen at the moment, are a primitive doll from Miss Pootsie's Primitives- by Penny King, who smells delicious (the doll I mean!) and the gingerbread girl, who should, I suppose, taste delicious. They seem to have taken up residence on the back of my sofa. On the arm are two more dolls-little felt heads from AsherJasper on etsy. Her felted toys are just great. I have a couple and I gave Milly and Sarah one each for Christmas. Milly's was an instant hit and was thrown around a fair bit before being stuffed into her pocket for later! They have little bells inside which is an added bonus. Have a look at her Princess and the pea play set here-I love it!
Sketches whilst on the Eurostar. There were so many lovely barebones trees flashing past the window.
The second drawing was based on a scene we passed by, where some graffiti was perfectly reflected in the water at an angle, from a sloping concrete bank. The little buildings and trees behind were glimpsed at some point.
I love travelling on the train, reading, staring out at strange scenes, and sometimes trying to draw them.
Back to work tomorrow. I feel so relaxed and unstressed it seems hard to believe! The holiday has been lovely though, and has seemed quite long, but I am always a little sad when it is over.
I am going to be a more positive person this year though so I will not start with a moan. I will read my little book on happiness at least once a week and try to act on the advice I find there!
I wish you all a lovely week, whatever it may bring.



8 comments:

Rattling On said...

Being positive is one of my things for this year as well. Not that I'm negative, but I'm just going to try to go with the flow a bit more, instead of getting too wrapped up in details that frustrate me.
The holidays go too quickly though.

Sonia ;) said...

I try very hard to be positive...and I have seen nothing but positive notes from you. Beautiful sketches.

xoxxoxoxo

Renee said...

You are already a very positive person. You are real and that is just right by me.

Love Renee xoxo

Candace said...

What a great great post! Loved looking at the treasures on the links you provided, Sarah, thanks for that. Your artwork is constantly evolving and always fun and thought provoking. I like train rides myself and am hoping to take one this spring!
Have a wonderful and totally peaceful New Year.
Candace

Gabbi said...

Beautiful work and words! I love traveling by train also... it's wonderful to get lost in views.♥

Hey Harriet said...

Oh I love your little travel drawings. They're gorgeous! I hope your first day back at work goes well. It's so hard to return after holidays (I return next week & trying not to think about it...).

Here's to a positive 2009! You've always struck me as a positive person anyway. A very happy positive fun-filled new year to you xo

frayedattheedge said...

Hi Sarah - I love your graffiti drawing! It's a long, long time since I last travelled by train - you made me want to go and buy a ticket!! I too am trying to be more positive - last year wasn't a very good one for us, so I just keep singing 'things can only get better'. Enjoy being back at work - but if you want, I'll swap with you and you can tackle my ironing basket!! Love, Anne

Anairam said...

I also think you are quite a positive person already - that is the impression I get from your blog - positive, yet realistic; quirky, yet with feet on the ground. Your sketches are beautiful, calm, they inspire me to learn to use my crayons properly...