Thursday, November 26, 2015

November bits and pieces.

The silver mists of November weave their soft spider web grey. Drawn to the river and the hills after three o clock until the sun chases them away the next morning.
Coming out of Avebury, the sky went dark. The mist disguising the sun as the moon.
Until it was obscured almost completely.
 Quiet and still, stood the old hill, it's secrets kept hidden.
I love the mists and fog of November. You have probably heard me say that before if you have been visiting this blog over the years. But I need to say it each year, because each year I am reminded of just how much I love and appreciate all of this beautiful Island's seasons.  November has almost gone now and soon we will be into the frosty days of Winter...
I've been busy here with making and painting, and have a few things to share.
First up, some small Aceo sized paintings. Simple designs, hares. Often after I've been painting more detailed work on the hangers, I do I find it refreshing to go back to simple paintings with less detail. This first one is called 'Song to the Moon'  
The 'Sacred Pool'

Then lastly 'Midnight in the Meadow'
Then another simpler painting but bigger and back to my old 'up right' friend. We have had many adventures over the years together and I think he will always be with me.  
This time the title is inspired by Mr Tolkien...'Not all those who wander are Lost' 

Now to the detailed work that I've been busy with...
A friend of mine gave me a very small vintage frame a couple of years back and it has been sat on the desk waiting to have something painted inside it. During painting blackberries on a hare hanger, I suddenly realised what it wanted. Blackberries!  So that's what I've done, along with a hare and a wren. So this one I have titled 'Conversation with a Wren' 
I won't share each hare hanger that I've done as there are 10 of them, but will tell you that I shall be adding them to my shop tomorrow 27th November at 7pm (UK time ) along with the Aceo paintings and the above vintage framed one. And if you would like to see the hares you can see them on my Instagram.
In the meantime here is one of them...
In between working I have been taking time out to enjoy the simple things. A book by the fire and a glass of mulled wine.
 Chatting with my bestie. ;)
And again appreciating all the beauty that these months reveal. 
I will finish with something else that I worked on a few months back which is now available to buy and might make a lovely Christmas gift idea for someone that is interested in dance? You may remember earlier in the year I was painting this below, which was the cover for the dvd by irish dancer Edwina Guckian.  
It's a tutorial and performance dvd and is hypnotic to watch. There is magic in her feet I'm sure. 
You can buy the dvd on Edwina's website here.
And to finish, here's the trailer to the dvd.
Forgive me for cramming my work into this one post, but November has been busy and this is my only post that I've done I've  just realised. ..
Enjoy the last remaining few days and that gorgeous full moon this evening!