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Friday, August 12, 2011

fibre friday: portable crocheting

our evening at the play park

crocheting with a lovely cotton hand dyed yarn (Esther Bitran: Pichasca) in a beautiful but simple shell and trellis pattern (see the little slice of life blog for more details :)

fibre friday: portable crocheting

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

waxing lyrical en voyage

waxing lyrical en voyage: "

searching for poetry
This afternoon I took the Wee Guy on an expedition around the village I grew up in. We followed the Poetry Trail set up by the Aberdour Cultural Association in 2007. Ten haiku poems are placed around the village, making an excellent walking route and child entertainment vehilce all rolled into one.
And it was a sunny day too :)"

PS: clicking on the link to the original post leads to a slideshow of the whole walk

Saturday, August 6, 2011

the (more than 39) scotsman steps

The Edinburgh Arts Festival (which has only been running since 2004 which is why I cannot remember having attended when I lived in the UK) kicked off on Thursday with a citywide celebration of the visual arts.
One of the focal points of the event is the renovation of the famous Scotsman Steps, cladding each one in a different marble gathered from around the world. The work was specially commissioned from Turner prize-winning Scots artist, Martin Creed.
The result is stunning.
art fest - the scotsman steps
art fest - the scotsman steps

Thursday, August 4, 2011

travel journal

journal entries, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

A little bolder with the watercolours - the Wee Guy's new water pistol, and a spread of boule from this afternoon's game. Weather = cloudy sun.

journal entries

Another sketch map, this one detailing a henge Dad took the Wee Guy and me to visit. Pencil sketch followed by watercolour. What would be even more impressive is a painting of the view from the top of East Lomond which we visited afterwards (and I forgot my camera!).

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

start of the maps

map! our walk around Aberdour (waterbrush and watercolour crayons)
pencil sketches and ticket stubs from our Camera Obscura visit
watercolour crayons add colour to the weather symbol (cloud) and Scottish flag
will probably add colour to the ice cream oyster later

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: I Hope This Is Unseasonal

Wordless Wednesday: I Hope This Is Unseasonal: "rain by James Mah
by printmaker, James Mah

No apologies for showcasing this lovely print once more (it's a fave!)
... and this partly explains why so few blog posts appear here on my own blog. Yesterday I finished and scheduled enough posts for Blackberry Artists to keep their blog running until mid-September, which buys me some breathing space for returning home, getting back in to school and all the other domestic stuff.
But no excuse needed for looking at this beautiful print :)
Do visit the gift shop if you're a local.

Monday, August 1, 2011

a holiday project: creativity every day

arrival day - a day of much jetlag (hence the spelling mistake)
Well - that's the plan! and it has been going well so far. Every day I've added an entry to my journal, recording the day's events and illustrating them with a sketch, memento or cartoon. My Wee Guy should be following alongside but his interest has waned a little - there is so much of interest to distract.
Sunday: first visit to the beach

My materials to hand are a new box of Cotman watercolours, my old (and under-used) box of Staedtler watercolour crayons, a couple of new paintbrushes, coloured pencils, drawing pencils, glue, some ink pens, and a waterbrush. Oh, and my new journal, full of marvellous thick and toothy watercolour paper :)
Monday: my new watercolours, my first run
What I don't have is regular and reliable internet connections, nor do I have huge chunks of time though my parents are very ably helping spread the parenting load with me. I've photographed entries Saturday 16th July through to Wednesday 27th July and will endeavour to catch up with more up-to-date on a daily basis.
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