Thursday, July 28, 2011

Berry spoon

I'm still working out ideas for some of these old spoons and, quite simply, just enjoy drawing them.  When I have some down time, I like to take my sketchbook and work on some quick drawings, sometimes with half an eye on the news.

This is a more intricate spoon that the previous and I don't think I've given it justice.  I believe its a berry spoon with its scalloped edges, I could be wrong.  I also made the bowl of the spoon too big, then ran out of room for the handle, so I shortened it to allow me room to add the design.  Perhaps I've invented a whole new spoon!

Again, this is graphite and white pastel pencil in an Earthbound sketchbook by Daler Rowney.  The book is made of recycled paper and is one of my favourites to use for the paper colour and quality, as well as the environmental aspect.

I'll get around the painting them soon.  Really I will!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


When I was expecting my eldest daughter I had cravings for anything sour, mostly fruit, and would stop by the greengrocers on the way home to buy a variety of fruits that I would then eat for supper.  I guess things could have been worse, I could have craved cakes.  Supper would also consist of sliced cucumbers in vinegar some nights.  That craving for tart had to be fed!

The apples that I always chose were Bramleys. These were big, mis-shaped  apples that were very sour and usually used in cooking when sugar would be added.  They were often termed 'cooking apples'. I haven't seen them in Newfoundland, and may just have to grow them if I want them. 

This little painting I did in about 30 minutes while clearing off the remaining oil paint off my palette before starting fresh.  Its 5 x 7 on canvas panel and a memory painting which are good to try now and then as long as you don't expect perfection.

After supper tonight I looked out the window and saw Tripod.  Do you think he needs to go on suicide watch or is doing his version of a Tiananmen Square-type protest over something?  That cat concerns me...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Beginnings exhibition - the opening

The opening went off seamlessly yesterday, with great food, wine and people wandering through the exhibition all afternoon.   I was the photographer and spent my time mingling and alternating with taking photos as unobtrusively as I could.  A task to delegate to another for the next show!

Many thanks to all who came to the opening, friends old and new.  Thanks too to Spirit of Newfoundland for hosting the event in such a beautiful location.  If you didn't make it to the opening, you still have lots of time to see the work, as the exhibition runs daily until August 13th.

Now that this is in place, we can take a little while to regroup and think, but not for long as we have another exhibition coming up in early October.  Time to get back to the easel again!