Thursday, 22 October 2015
A Colourful Day
A pretty, colourful picture to head this post, especially if you are a cat-lover.
Me - I'm a dog-lover (though I do confess to a soft spot for my son's little cat who always comes running to greet me when I visit). But this collection of cat-inspired gifts arrived along with a letter from Cats Protection, asking for donations. There are 3 x blank, glossy photo-cards with envelopes, a notebook, a pen, a reflective bookmark, a circular magnet . . . . . and a thank you note from a cat!
I was not happy to receive them; I give to specific charities chosen because they are personal to me and I refuse to be guilted into giving more than I can afford to charities - and Cats Protection is by no means the only one - who send unsolicited gifts. Grrrrr!
I'm not an artist; I just like to paint and recently I joined a local Art Group. There is no teacher, just a group of people who like to produce paintings/art using all different kinds of media and methods. This was my first attempt, which started out much bigger; I wasn't very happy with it but when I brought it home and tried cropping it, it looked better.
You can learn a lot merely by looking and listening - and occasionally we have an artist come to spend time with us and teach us. This week it was Ian Pethers . . . . http://www.glenrockstudio.co.uk/index.htm . . . .
and he showed us a whole new way of producing a really good picture, using black ink and watercolour paints. Each of these large boards took about 30-45 minutes.
These were two paintings from an earlier demonstration - aren't they fantastic?
I've been practising but mine don't come close to any of Mr Pethers'!!
I took this photo on a recent walk on the Lanhydrock Estate; I wonder if I can translate it into a painting in Ian Pethers' style? Watch this space!
Of course, while I attend the Art Group meeting, I have to leave Zac at home.
Do you get the impression he wasn't happy with me? Lol, lol.
Enjoy a few more nice days before the weather changes; in 4 days British Summertime ends. :(