Saturday, July 3, 2010

Next Blog Post 18 July

I am having a week off from blogging now so my next post will be two weeks hence. Goodness isn't the summer flying by? I know they say that time seems to pass more quickly as you get older but not this fast surely?

This is Elegant Bird. Back to my usual palette of colours here although I enjoyed the change with my last digital drawing.

This is my latest scraperboard work in progress. It is of Michael and Lesley's cat Abby who normally skeddadles when she sees me but she was quite sleepy and amenable for once so I got a good photo of her. Doing a scraperboard of a cat is a lot trickier than I thought but luckily I have discovered that my rapidograph ink is a very similar black to that of the board. If I make an error in scratching I just ink over it and start again. Very reassuring.

These photos below are of Ashridge House and gardens. We visited on a Open Garden's Day and really enjoyed it. The House is now a management college and not open to the public but the gardens are extensive and well worth a visit. They have the most beautiful and varied selection of trees, some very old and huge. They also had very delicious cream teas set out in the Orangery which were irresistible (even to those on diets)

These lovely foxes are by artist Val George. You can see more of her work on the Bertram Enterprises site here.


Young Fox Under The Moon

These gorgeous quilts are by textile artist Noriko Endo. She has a very detailed and time consuming technique whereby she lays all the tiny fabric elements on her base material and then covers them with fine gauze and quilts over the top to keep them in place. She calls it the confetti technique. I think her work is quite amazing. She has a deep love for trees and nature as you can tell when you visit her website here.

Mother Nature

Sylvan Ambience #2

Jenny Portlock's linocuts and wood engravings are gorgeously detailed and beautifully cut. The two images below are both linocuts although you can see examples of her engravings if you go here to Emma Mason's site. Jenny became a book designer for Longman Pearson after graduating but then went freelance to concentrate on printmaking. You can read a bit more about Jenny here at Norwich Print Fair

This is an article that I had saved for my cuttings folder about Jenny Portlock when she was interviewed by Craftsman Magazine years ago.


The Hare And The Olive

A few blue flowers I have come across on my travels.





I saw Anna Wadham's Geese painting quite a while ago but didn't know who painted it. I was delighted to come across her work and find the artist behind that lovely image. Out of season I know but who cares as it is so pretty and I have always been a fan of geese. Anna is a freelance illustrator who lives in Norfolk. She trained in surface design and childrens' book illustration and has had two books published. You can read all about Anna and see her work on her website here. She also has a lovely blog here and an Etsy shop here. I love her beautifully colourful and quirky artwork.

Anna Wadham Illustrations


Fox Face




~ Phyllis ~ said...

Hi Cathy,
Your photography of the blue flowers is outstanding. I especially like the lavender.
Sounds like you had a lovely visit to Ashridge House.
Have a nice blog break.

Caroline said...

I always know that I'm likely spend a good hour or so following up all the leads you give, Cathy! Today is no exception - I've thoroughly enjoyed myself! Your scraperboard kitty is marvellous - how handy that your pen can help out! Beautiful blue flowers - mmm lavender - can smell it from here! We're still in the thick of the footie - my husband is Dutch so he'll be supporting his team in the next match at 2 in the morning ( I'll be fast asleep)! Enjoy your blog break.

Anonymous said...

An interesting and informative post as usual! I love Anna Wadham's illustrations and I especially like your Elegant Bird. Have a nice break.

acornmoon said...

I hope you enjoy your summer and maybe have some time to recharge those creative batteries.

I am loving your scraper board work, I like the way you are picking up all those teeny weeny details.

Cathy said...

Thanks Phyllis. I am really enjoying photographing flowers and landscapes at the moment. If we don't get some rain soon though, everything will be completely brown.

Cathy said...

Hi Deb. Anna's work is really lovely isn't it? Glad you like my bird. I didn't realise that my last four blog drawings were all of birds of some description or other.

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Gillian said...

Hi Cathy - enjoy your blog free time! Love your flower photographs - so pretty. Your cat scraperboard in progress looks wonderful! G

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Cathy said...

Hi Caroline. Your hubby must be keen to be up at that time of the morning but I suppose it is his country's team. I really hope they do well.

Cathy said...

Thanks Valerie. The scraperboard kitty has been on the starting blocks for a few weeks, but I am hoping to do a lot more this week.

Cathy said...

Thank you Gillian. She may even be completed the next time I do a blog post.

andamento said...

Hi Cathy,

I've enjoyed very much your last three posts though I realise I've not commented on them - just short of time recently. Thanks for sharing all these lovely images and keeping us so well informed! Enjoy your break,


Chatters said...

Hi Cathy

Your cat looks gorgeous, looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

Love the foxes by val George, gorgeous work

Cathy said...

Thanks Anne. Don't worry about not commenting all the time. I don't worry about that. I know we all have time constraints and blogging has to take a back seat sometimes.

Cathy said...

Thanks Amanda. I will have to get it finished now that I have posted about it.

tammykingdon said...

Love your Elegant Bird Cathy, lovely palette.

Cathy said...

Thanks very much Tammy.

ArtPropelled said...

Val George's foxes stand out for me in this post. I like the effect she has created with .... coloured pencils?

Cathy said...

They are wonderful aren't they Robyn? It says mixed media on the blurb for them all so I am not sure what they are. They do look like either coloured pencil or pastel. They have a nice texture.