Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ceramics and light

There's been some beautiful skies recently, between the rain and wind (of which there has been plenty.)The forest park, just a few minutes down the road, was looking particularly gorgeously autumnal last week when I took this. Since then the trees have turned another corner and begun looking more wintery. The light here has been amazing.
I have been making ceramics, and am in love with the colours of some of the glazes.
Tiles for the bathroom, candlesticks for the craft shows.
I love the depth of colour in the spots below - its hard to tell in the photo, but when you look closely, its almost impossible to say what colour the glaze is - there are yellows and blues and reds. It reminds me of colour in nature - it is so rarely one single colour, but many varied hues that make a colour up.

Put a lid on it

I will have a couple of pieces in an exhibition made entirely within jars in the Galway Arts Centre next week called Put a lid on it.

Here they are - a giant felt tooth and a tiny house complete with lighting.
I was quite pleased with the felt tooth - it had a few adventures before heading off to Galway. Here's a shot for size.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Samhain drawing

For the first time in my life I thought I might make it through an oiche shamhna, (that's Halloween in English) without hearing a single firework, despite being outside by a lovely bonfire for much of the evening...but I did hear two distant bangs in the end. The house is obviously not far enough away from civilisation!
A friend introduced me to Urban Sketchers recently, and its had me inspired to get pen and paper out and do some drawing the last few days, so yesterday I dragged a chair and various mark-making tools up the hill to paint the barn, as it looks so very beautiful at the moment, with the trees turning.
Concepta kept me company. She actually walked through the watercolours at one point, and then all over some paper too...little black paw prints.
Its been so long since I went out drawing or painting. I feel so very out of practice, but it was good to get out and do it.