Monday, August 29, 2011

'Sophie Cushion' sneaked her way in...

I had so many things to do today... both for Gretel Girl & for home... and dont get me wrong, I have made a start on many of those things (but it is possible that I finished none). On top of that I am doing a couple of custom portraits - these require a lot of stopping & starting in order to continually edit & ensure that the portrait actually ends up looking like the intended person!  So during one of my breaks today, I may have accidentally started a new project just for fun. You know that wonderful rebellious feeling when you forget all the "I have to do..." and instead you just do something for fun?! Well, today, the 'Sophie Cushion' accidentally emerged from my hands as I explored painting freehand on fabric & then adding some sewing detail. The back of the cushion is a tea towel I picked up op-shopping & it was a wonderful excuse to use it. And now I must pay the price... I will play catch-up for the rest of the day... those wet clothes wont hang themselves on the line....

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A night at Vintage Carousel

The rain had drizzled all day and I crossed my fingers & toes that the clouds would part and allow a warm afternoon sun to drink up all the cold & dreariness. But the sky seemed to prefer the company of its cloudy blanket. Evening headed in with its wet, dark blueness - a shade of blue that I adore. Rach turned on all Vintage Carousel's lamps & a wonderful sunny glow met the night. Is there any better lighting than a lamp? The musicians stood under the verandah warming up their instruments & voices... I stood watching in awe of their talent. Wine was poured while trays of food appeared, and then suddenly it seemed that the night had began... dozens of people mingled around me, art work was sold, treasures from Vintage Carousel were purchased, everyone seemed happy to hang out with friends in the drizzle. Opening night was a success & I went home just overwhelmed by all the encouragement I had received... honoured by the fact people would part with their money in order to buy my work... and I was proud of myself for the journey I had travelled the past year. Gretel Girl was now one year old... what a wonderful birthday party she had. 

Thank you to all that have made the journey to see the exhibition.