Friday, 4 April 2014

New Painting - In the Forge

This is a picture I started quite some time ago, but it got put aside while I dealt with other things.  The variety of textures interested me, the blue denim, the battered old wall, the metal and wood.  It's in pastels and is 17 x 42 inches (23 x 58 cm)

I've also switched from Windows to Mac, which has been a bit of a learning curve!  Still wrestling a bit with organising the nuts and bolts of image processing, but no way would I go back to Windows, the Mac is a beautiful machine.

I've got some more images to add once I've resized them, so watch this space.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

My Textile Art

Although painting is my passion, my hobby is similar in a way in that I enjoy making textile art.  When I moved to Scotland I joined the local textile art club, and have learned a lot from the various workshops I've been on, and from the help of lots of friendly stitchers.  I've now added some of my work in a new gallery - just click on 'Textile Art' in the bar at the top of my blog page.  I'll be adding more pics in due course.

I've tried quite a few of the many varieties of textile work, some I like more than others.  I love working with silk because of the jewel-like colours, and I like to paint or dye my own fabric.  I find that many of my pieces end up quite painterly, can't help it!  I love machine quilting, free machine embroidery and contemporary textural work.  Hand embroidery is so soothing to do in the evenings.  I love beads and sparkly things too.

I shall be taking part in Angus Open Studios this year, and will have some of my textiles on display along with my artwork.