Sunday, 8 January 2017

Unicorn.

It's quite a fascinating thing to put a pencil to paper and make little sketchy marks.  I was quite happy with this piece until I uploaded it and realised that the horn is slightly in the wrong place. How does that work then? It looks fine in the book, take a photo and voila, mistakes leap off the page!
However it turns out, putting pictures into a book makes me happy. I feel more like myself when I sketch and of course, when I come to make this into a final painting, I'll already be aware of what's right or not.
Life can be a bit like this if we're clever enough to notice the mistakes when they're small enough to put right. The biggest and worst mistake is to just doggedly carry on with the same pattern, hoping the ending will be different. I love that saying that (and I'm paraphrasing here) if you always do the same thing, you can expect the same outcome.
This week I'll be making changes, shaking it up a bit and probably paying a few visits to the tip as I declutter!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

I'm hoping for a tower!

As I've mentioned before, Oakmoon is moving. We're moving far, far away (but not to a different galaxy, lol!). We've looked at a few properties already and have many more to view, but it occurred to me recently that I'd quite like a tower. Somewhere mysterious that I can paint from and be all romantic and inspired. Well, you've got to dream big, right?
I love this picture so much, it would be wonderful for something like this to come into my life, so I'm sending out positive thoughts to the Universe :D

Meanwhile, I've found that my muse has returned and begun to nag me. A new style is forming from necessity. Much of my art supplies have been packed away but my sketch books and travelling watercolour box are as always near to hand. This little sketch is of a character from a magical game the Moomin had for Christmas. I'm a little in love with his fierce, devoted nature. He is a little fickle though which gives him an edge of danger. He isn't completely safe!!!
I'm sure there will be more sketches soon.x

Thursday, 15 December 2016

What's going on in the Studio?

Not much, to be honest! Those of you who know me through FB will have seen the notice on the Oakmoon page that the Studio has temporarily closed. This is simply due to lack of time, although this past year has seen me struggle with my worst artist's block ever!!!


After a rather unpleasant 'row' with a supposed friend I found my artistic flow, not just interupted, but well and truly halted. Finding time to be creative on top of the usual problems of paying huge bills on my cold and almost tumbledown house and getting to grips with my job at the school has been next to impossible.  I've patched the house up as best as I can, as you can see from the picture above ;) but I've finally decided to throw in the towel and move. I've had a dream to go far away for a long time and finally that dream will come true in the New Year. I'm also hoping that a change of scenery will help me to get my 'groove' back so that I can once again open the Studio. I have no idea what direction my art will take, but not creating is a lot like being on an enforced diet - It's not fun and it makes me cranky!!!

So for the next few months, I'll be packing up and clearing out while desperately viewing properties that can squeeze in an ark load of animals! 

I must stress that I will not stop blogging :D My walks and adventures are still featured on the other blog and as soon as I have something creative to share, I'll do that here.

Thank you dear friends for visiting and sharing the trials of being a part time artist (for now) but you can join me for some rambles through my head and landscape on the Wild Woman blog. 
Big Christmas hugs to you all.x

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The hats are back.

Yep, it's that time of year again when it's ok to wear hats be they ever so slightly witchy or just warm and snuggly.  I have some 'normal' hats in the pipeline and some with soft fur-like linings. This is the hat pegged and dried after steaming on my wonderful new hat block from BB at Codlins and Cream.

And this is the wonderful block all waxed up and protected from any abuse I might put it through. I wrap it in a towel before steaming so that the wood doesn't get too damaged, but I think it's been put through a lot of use before coming to me. It's gorgeous, isn't it?
 
And this is a very bad selfie of me in the hat. I love this new style and can't wait for a proper photo shoot to show off some of the others I've been making. They're stiffer and a slightly better shape than the old ones. Now, I'm off to eat before going to the school for my 'other' job! It's so busy in Oakmoon land these days!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Oh Dear!

Despite all my best intentions, not much work has been coming out of the Studio lately! I moved most of my supplies in from the outdoor studio when it became too hot to work out there, then disaster struck! One of the bookcases decided it was overloaded and started to come away from the wall. As I was trying to sort it out, things began falling on me and I hastily cleared it off and dumped paints and pots on any surface within reach. This is the tidiest part of the studio, the rest is a disaster zone!  Being back at school, sorting it out is slow; not to mention the fact that I don't really want to do it! I need a tidying faery ;)
I did manage to paint this little heart in between piles of junk! I think it was well recieved :D
We managed to fit in a little holiday and the weather was very good to us. Details of that on the walking blog. Now, how many excuses can I make to avoid tidying up?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Inspired.

Sometimes you find an artist that lifts your soul and speaks to your innermost thoughts and feelings.  I don't care if art is pretty or has a huge message but it does have to be honest. The feelings that awaken can be awe or horror or a mixture of gut wrenching emotions. It doesn't matter so long as it's not bland. Sometimes I create a piece of work that people dislike or openly hate. That's good so long as it's not dull. More often than not I feel guilty of just creating something that's frankly a bit 'blah'!

Imagine my delight when I discovered an artist that awoke such strong emotions in me and not all of them good. I felt stirred and intrigued and most importantly of all, inspired.  I love this persons work with a passion that I can't fully explain. Whatever you feel about it, you can't just ignore it and that's a good place to start.


The artist is Scott Radke and I love his work from the beautiful pieces above to the slightly scary pieces on his website. Art should evoke an emotion and this artist does not fail to deliver <3 br="">

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Still here.

I'm still here as my title says, but life has been so hectic and I've become pretty good at juggling work and chores. Working at the school, taking care of all the animals and not letting the house fall apart have been priorites, but I managed a little bit of painting and hope to do far more now the summer is here, I may even play with clay!

This picture of Fae is a style I want to explore more, but it will all have to wait just a few more days as we pack up the classrooms for the start of the summer holidays.
The walking blog has been more productive though, so pop over and see where we've been lately :D

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Melancholia!

The translation of Melancholia is "the haunting melancholia that dominates the album". That just about sums it all up and I love the way it rolls off the tongue!
Whenever I dig out my photos of Oliver it's usually when my life is about to settle after a long hard struggle. He was my first and best horse, with me for over 20years after I found him as a wild and wayward 2year old. I knew he was the one for me even after he kicked the spot lights on my boyfriends Ford Escort (it was a looong time ago!) and then chased my sister out of his field. I loved his spirit, even though he often reduced me to tears of frustration as he flatly refused to behave like the other horses.
Eventually I gave up trying to mold him and just enjoyed his enthusiasm for adventure and went on the journey with him, even though I often had to shut my eyes and trust him completely.

We had such a bond and towards the end he taught me everything he could about healing and using Equine Reiki. He became very high maintenance in his old age!

Now I have the other three to look after, having the skills that Oliver taught me sure come in handy. Although this looks like Bo, it is actually Merlin at Bo's age. They're so alike, but Merlin likes to be airborn a lot more!
It's good to end on a high note (sorry for the pun). These pictures were actually taken on my very old phone, but they worked out quite well.  I really think it's time I got back to the studio and painted some flying horses :D

(I'm sure I don't need to say it again, but please don't copy or share these pictures without permission, thanks.)

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The eye of the storm.


 
Jackie Morris once asked on her blog 'what if we only have a finite amount of words and what happens when we've used them up?'  That's how I feel at the moment, almost like I've run out of words.

I started blogging many years ago to write, because I found comfort in the sharing of words and stories. Unfortunately some of my words and pictures were taken and used without my permission and I shut that blog down. I started the Oakmoon blog purely to showcase my art, but felt that it didn't fully reflect me as a person, so other blogs were started and discarded as I tried to work out how much of my life should be shared and why I would share it at all.  I've made so many friends in the blogging community and miss them when they suddenly stop writing, so maybe some of my friends have missed my occassional posts or rambles. But I worry about who else is reading my words and why they would want to? I guess if I constantly think like that, then I would never write again and I miss the solace of it all.

I feel like I'm still recovering from last year. Bo's broken leg brought me almost to ruin, financially and emotionally and now I'm standing among the half rebuilt pieces of my life wondering who I am. I'm changed, I know that much, but I'm not yet sure who or what is left of me.





Thursday, 12 May 2016

Phewee!

To say the last few months have been hectic would be a total understatement! There have been days when I've felt so crushed by the amount of work and worry on my shoulders that I honestly don't know how I've got up and survived another day.  So many things have gone wrong, too many to go into to be honest but finally there's light at the end of the tunnel and I'm getting my life back together.

Not much work has been done in the Studio, mainly due to getting urgent work done to the house. It's not a big house, but when it's all in need of repair and I'm the only one able to have a go and I can't afford to pay for help, it seems enormous. That's when you find out who your true friends are. I've had to swallow my pride and ask for help and it's amazing how people suddenly vanish from your life. The ones who have stepped up though are clearly the keepers!

Although not much painting has happened, I have been out walking with my camera, and that's been very therapeutic for me.  There are more pictures to be posted on the Walking blog, but for now, here's my favourite of Manchee and his new best friend Wally (with my new best friend!)


Sunday, 20 March 2016

The story so far.

What a busy few months I've had! My health has yo-yo'd back and forth and I have simply got to get it under control again. I'm determined that this year will be better than last!!!

I've managed to get back into the Studio and have begun painting again.
This one is of our little cat Cotton when she was about 6months old. She's been very poorly lately with cellulitus after a fight with another cat, but is thankfully on the mend now.
 Another owl painting as I adore barn owls and we even have one that sometimes visits the pony field. Prints of this painting will be in the Etsy shop.
 Pony cuddles and the appearance of the sun have helped to brighten the days, quite literally. Toffee, is just soooo funny :D
 And my sweet baby Bo is growing up and will soon be ready to ride. I think he'll be a handful so that will be interesting!
This week I'll be making dragons for a very special venture. I'm keeping everything crossed that this will work out so that life can once again find some balance :D

Sunday, 3 January 2016

So much rain!

Yep, lots of windy, stormy weather on top of an extremely wet winter so far. While it's lovely to lay in bed and listen to the patter on the windows and the insistent tapping on the roof tiles, it's not so great to venture out to feed the ponies.
My hands have been swollen for the last few weeks so today I'm trying Ibuprofen, I've tried everything else from herbal remedies to Epsom salt soaks. While most of these things bring temporary relief nothing is clearing the problem, so I just have to wait it out and get by as best I can in between!
I've had a lot of help with the ponies but today it will be Moomin and myself in the rain!  You can see how boggy the paddocks are here! Thanks to my Sister for this lovely picture.  Toffee gives kisses for treats, bless him :D
So while some poetic people find ways to wax lyrical about the stormy skies, I sit here beneath my blanket of cats and wish I could stay put for the whole day!

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Hats and stuff.

The hats are returning!
Hop over to the other blog for more news!

I've also been playing with little canvases to try out some new techniques.  This canvas is approx 12.5 x 17.5cm and will also be in the Etsy shop soon.


By the way, I will be updating my Etsy shop every Sunday from now on

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy Yule.

Itwas a very quiet Christmas in our household.  A time for dreams and reflections.  Last year was not good to me and I'm glad to be leaving it behind.
But twinkly crystals always cheer me and this was the first year I could risk my collection of crystal droplets. Only Piper showed a passing interest, the other cats barely noticed!
Mostly they enjoyed the radiators
or slumbered on the sofa.
The dog had his usual wrapping paper frenzy! When I hid a few dog treats in the paper his fun was off the scale!!!
My lovely Moomin and I relaxed and ignored the chaos around us.
I hope you all had a Merry and happy Christmas and Yule and here's to a better year to come.x

Monday, 14 December 2015

Lots of work.

There has been a lot of painting happening in the studio. Many hearts cut by myself and then re-cut (properly) by my dear man! I think I have the hang of it now, but it's a little scary being in charge of something that could take my fingers off, well, do damage at least!

Athena and her owl were great fun to paint and I'm working on a Morrigan and crow hanging at the moment. All latest pieces are in the Etsy shop in the sidebar.
There has been much cuddling by the fire of late. It's the best place to be while the wind howls around the house.

Meanwhile, I've been making wine. I hope it's ready for Christmas.
I'm cheating and using a kit this time as I don't want to wait the normal 2years for it to mature. Although, the sweet potatoe wine I made last year was heavenly and I say WAS with some regret as I only have one bottle left!!! That's for Boxing Day :D

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Finished - little bird skulls.

Firstly, I must just say that these skulls are purely my own design based on working with real bird skulls brought in as gifts from my cats! I don't want to sound mean in any way, but please don't copy or reproduce my images or ideas in any format, thank you :D

Right, that's out of the way so here is how they looked fresh from the kiln.
Coated with my special smoke glaze resist.
After the smoke firing and the resist has been removed.
Decorated and ready to sell in my Etsy shop Here.
How many of you have been watching the Pottery Throw Down on TV? It just goes to show how much time thought and energy goes into ceramic work. I wouldn't want to be under the amount of pressure that those poor contestants are under!!!  It's well worth a watch and has given me some inspiration for making larger items.  I'd love to make a sink ;)

Friday, 13 November 2015

Dashing back to the Studio.

This is a quick post as I must get back to the Studio! More ideas are falling from my head into the clay and I must make the most of it :D
The bird skulls have turned out perfectly. I'm so happy with them :D
A trio of dragons are waiting for their glazes. I simply cannot decide on colours!
The large dragon was a nightmare to fit in the kiln and I'm surprised he survived!
This is one from a previous firing with a high shine glaze. I love these glazes but fancy something a little more subdued!
Finally, some of the bird skulls have been coated with a special clay blend that I make myself. This is for smoke firing. The white areas will turn black and the dark areas should stay white - should!!!
Now, I must dash before the rain starts again! Keeping everything crossed for the skulls :D

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Back to work.

The weather is stormy and wild, so where better to be than in the Studio creating dragons. I hope to be back later with some photos and a kiln ready to be filled up and fired.

Friday, 30 October 2015

I'm back!

Many thanks to my lovely son for fixing my ailing pc.  Now I can get back to proper blogging :D
Meanwhile, I have been busy!
Painting

 and sculpting, more skulls


more dragons

and baking bread :D
More words in the next post.  I have more dragons in the kitchen and mustn't mix them up with the Steak and kidney pudding!!!