Posted on January 29, 2010 by Penny Graham-Jones
Pink Tulips - because I need them!
Creativity has been a bit thin on the ground lately what with all the clearing out and packing that’s been going on. However I have turned up one or two bits and pieces you might like to see, and I thought a couple of ‘before’ pictures might be good so we can all be amazed at the eventual transformations.
I’m hopeless at dates, and the years rush past so quickly I can’t be positive about how long I had my studio. I was certainly using it before I went off to art college as a mature student so it must be around ten years. In that time the prevailing wind off the big field behind it ripped the roofing felt off at least once, and the whole building comprising the studio and Tim’s adjoining shed took on a drunken lean towards the house, making the doors ill-fitting and draughty. As I progressed through college and got bigger ideas and more ‘stuff’ the studio got more and more full and eventually went from being a rather small studio to being a very big cupboard.
You’re probably wondering where the Fairy comes in. She turned up during the excavations – the pleistocene layer I believe – while sorting the studio. About eighteen months ago I was staying with my mother while she recouperated from a knee operation, and the Fairy came into being when I was being creative with a limited supply of materials.
She started as a piece of embroidery, a short length of buff coloured linen and toning coton a broder thread, and grew from the need to give the embroidery a purpose.
Her body is calico, jointed with wooden beads and her hair, Wendesleydale fleece.
Her little socks were knitted with the remains of the lace weight Shetland wool with which my mother knitted a shawl for her first great grandchild. And if you are going to wear socks, well, I’m afraid it’s Sensible Shoes.
As I usually work in colour it was a challenge to use a limited pallette and to forage for materials. Now she’s going to preside over the kitchen while waiting for her new home to be built. She’s already threatened me with several nasty spells if she ends up stuck in a scrap bag again and it’s far too cold for me to end up in a pond with a lot of other frogs.
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Posted on January 25, 2010 by Penny Graham-Jones
Today I paid a visit to the London Camera Exchange with my Olympus camera. I threw myself upon their mercy and I must say they were very kind. I operate my camera the way I drive my car, I know I have to fuel it and I know how to drive it but I don’t do fine tuning under the bonnet. I’ve never got my head around focal distances and ISO numbers and all the technicalities so I do need something idiot-proof because I am as lost without a camera as I would be without a car. It appears that the camera was set to such a low shutter speed I didn’t have a hope of getting a sharp image in close up. So, suitable adjusted, the camera has come back with me for a week to see how I get on with it. If I’m still not happy I can go back and change it so all is not lost. It’s handy when you know which buttons to press…
Back home, my studio was dismantled and taken off to the other side of the village to start a new life, leaving a grubby bare space.
It really is a case of watch this space!
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Posted on January 24, 2010 by Penny Graham-Jones
I’m sitting inside now trying to get warm having spent most of the day outside with Tim and Will doing the final clear out of the studio, store and shed. I have Higgins stuffed up my jumper, fast asleep and snoring. He makes a good hot water bottle. He’s had an anxious day, confused by all the activity and helpfully running backwards in front of anyone carrying a heavy box. I have been trying hard to remain positive by painting pictures in my head about how good it’s all going to be when I’m in the new studio but I too tend to get anxious and fussy when confronted by confusion. I’d quite like to be stuffed up a nice warm jumper to snore until it’s all over!
I’m stepping outside the bloggy thing of posting only loveliness to show the ‘before’ pictures, otherwise how will you appreciate the transformation? So this is ‘The Blue Shed’ in all it’s glory, the left hand side Tim’s, and to the right my little studio. With insulation and electicity it was a cosy little place to work until I just outgrew it. And last summer it looked pretty with window boxes and hanging baskets. In the far corner is my little wooden store shed, which has been the source of much fear and trepidation this week as I cleared it out because of the spiders!
Tomorrow the builders arrive, and the view from the back door will be very different by this time tomorrow.
P.S. I haven’t gone mad, I know I said I wasn’t doing photos, but the distance outdoor ones are fine, It’s the fuzzy close ups! Something else to sort out tomorrow…
P.P.S. Just discovered a drawback to having a dachshund up your jumper…wind, if you get my drift. I’m getting the drift, it’s all escaping from the neck of my sweater…phew!
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Posted on January 22, 2010 by Penny Graham-Jones
…but I am on the verge of committing cameracide, if that is what you can call flinging one’s new camera on the floor and jumping on it. I’ve given it two months now, I’ve printed out all 64 pages of the manual that came on CD – why couldn’t be in a handy handbag size book? I just can’t get the nice crisp photos I was getting with the old faithful Fuji, and I don’t want to put fuzzy photos on my blog. So the post I’ve been working on will have to wait until next week, after I have been back to the shop . Please bear with me, I will be back.
I shall leave my guard dog keeping an eye on things…
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Posted on January 8, 2010 by Penny Graham-Jones
I’ve been conspicuous by my absence so far this year and a m only slightly comforted by the fact that most of my favourite bloggers seem to be in much the same boat. I had such good intentions too!
So, an update. Firstly, Higgins is just a little less of a dog this evening having gone to the vets to be modified today. He is rather sleepy and subdued just now but we are assured in a day or so we’ll be struggling to stop him bouncing around while he recouperates.
Thank you for all the guesses for the use of my mystery object in the last post. I have had a lovely time reading them. I’m going to keep it running for a little while longer and see if I can find a couple of prizes, one for the most accurate guess and another for the one that makes me laugh the most so do please keep them coming in.
My final excuse for being a little tardy with my posts is an eye sight problem so I spent this morning while Higgins was safely at the vet with the optician. I’m hoping the amazing space age super duper lens being flown in from Germanyin a week or so will do the trick. Judging by the price I should also have Xray vision and be able discover new planets without the aid of a telescope so seeing the computer screen clearly will be a doddle.
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible…
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