Monday, May 21, 2018


Yesterday I ventured into Collography for the first time. I saw the work of Estella Scholes at the Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno and was told she had a workshop on Sunday the 20th of May.I was lucky that there was one vacancy.

Below is the work developed by the class during the day and I think we all left Estella very happy with all we accomplished in such a short time.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Look at the bright Side

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I have no idea who this lady is, but I admire her very much and it really made my day a few years ago. She put up the bright balloons and the placard says
'Look on the bright side, at least it's flat.'
Unfortunately I read that the old ship has made it's last trip to Conwy as a pirate ship. What a pity.
If you saw my post on Stamping-my-feet I've had a little play with the soles,without much success, but it was my first play session with Gelli Printing after a very long break. I will be trying again over the weekend.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A productive week

I feel very pleased with myself for having such a productive week after a few years doing nothing worth mentioning except reading books on my Kindle Unlimited.
I'm up to sketch 20 but the photo looks a bit blue, it's supposed to be white.
I set up my table in the spare bedroom today.

But I will have company while I play. The two lodgers are called Minty and Speedy. Minty looks just like a Mint Humbug and when I told my GS, he said we can call him Minty.
Needless to say Speedy needs to be watched in case he escapes.

I left the best news until last. Today I was interviewed for the Welsh magazine Y Wawr.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Stamping my feet

I did not throw out these shoes when their lives came to an end(to be honest three of those pairs were too unomfortable to wear) because I always intended to use them for stamping with. And this morning I used my Stanley Knife and even a hacksaw to separate the soles from the uppers which was not easy. If Dale had not reminded me on her Facebook they would  still be taking up space on the shelf. If this works I may have a few more to sort out.

I haven't tried them out yet, but watch this space to see if it was worth the effort.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Pick me and eat me

Conwy has a small garden by the castle where you can pick and eat the fruit and vegetables and there is a wide variety to choose from. Here are photos of some of them.



This lady was a visitor to the town last Summer and was thrilled to be able to pick some strawberries.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Sketches and stitching

I finished my 17th 2" square sketch tonight. You can tell when I've forgotten and just sketched a last minute doodle and my flowers were done last thing before bed. When you use Biro that's it, there's no second chance.
 I made this page for my cousin Gwyneth's book. I remembered her mother loved owls and had a large collection of  things depicting them. I love the Mabinogi story of Blodeuwedd and found the owl on the internet. I digitized it for my Bernina. Sorting out my photos has really inspired me to start creating again. 

Monday, April 30, 2018


Four more sketches using a black biro pen,
I think the scaffolders have done an excellent job here but I hope the repairs will not take all Summer. Last year the bridge was being painted and was covered with plastic sheeting all Summer and very disappointing for photographers. But I suppose I should be grateful that the buildings are well looked after.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Circles and the V&A

Four more sketches
I decided to have a real treat on Tuesday and took the train to London to meet friends at the V&A. one long time Internet friend that I'd never met before was over from Canada with her husband and it was wonderful to meet them for the first time ever. The other two ladies were also Internet friends that I have met many times before. What a wonderful day we had.
I must admit that we were all far more interested in talking and getting to know Nadine and Todd than we were in any displays this time. But this was one piece of art that I really loved. Modern from around 2016. I was sorry not to have written thee artist's name down in my notebook. I find it a real inspiration and have played with it on my computer and sketched it. I will be inspired by this silver work for a while I think.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Attracted to yellow

Wherever I look at this time of year I can see yellow and the fresh green of the grass,Spring has really arrived  at last.