Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and fulfilling 2017
It’s been a fairly hectic month – but whose month isn’t leading up to Christmas? After all the Christmases I’ve experienced you’d think I’d know how quickly December goes – but no, as ever, I’m in a dash at the last moment. One year I prepared really early though, and on Christmas Eve could only find the ironing to do, which was a sad disappointment, and one I’m not keen to repeat. So it’s back to the turmoil. I have a list (haven’t we all?), but I cull it the closer the 25th creeps. Noone knows what they might have received if I’d only finished it in time, but there’s always a birthday to aim for…….
Yesterday was mild and sunny. Working in the greenhouse on some white hellebores I’m bringing on for Christmas Day, I was joined by a very noisy and cross bumble bee. I do hope it has somewhere better to be today – it has turned really cold this afternoon.
Oh well, it was a beautiful sunrise. I think the saying is “red sky in morning, shepherds warning”.
I have yet to master the link between website and Instagram – will be working on that – meanwhile loading photos onto Instagram seems a lot easier than the website. Look for janharbon if you want to see more.
I suspected I’d fall in love with making fused glass – and so it is! These are my first two pieces to come out of the kiln, and even though they have “undesigned” bubbles, I’m so happy to have produced anything remotely as intended! Now working on some more – with perhaps a few more curves included this time. The possibilities are endless, although my ambition immediately exceeded my skill – a lot to learn – and some science, not my strong point. But it’s like holding colour in your hands, so tactile. Hope to make progress.
Teaching by the excellent tutor Kate O’Connell at Making Space, Havant.
Still painting though! – this painting in ink and gouache was inspired by a workshop at Pallant House Gallery to do with interpreting sound. It was in connection with the artwork of the month by Wihelmina Barnes Graham, although I never really understood what the connection was! I must have missed a bit somewhere….. Nevertheless I was interested to read in her biography that she was inspired by Turner’s seascapes, although there isn’t an obvious connection to her work there either I think. It must be all in the mind……
I have done several more versions, the colour becoming more adventurous as I continue. Must be the glass!
Also been on a day’s “marbling” – another very interesting way of “playing” with colour, really enjoyed the experience. This method above is Suminagashi (floating ink) first practised in Japan in (?)12th Century and different to the Renaissance and Ebro methods which use feathers and combs. This is all about gently blowing and allowing ink to find it’s own course. Not quite in control – and a bit unexpected. The professionals are of course in control, but I don’t think I can wait that long to learn how, so I’ll have to make do with happy (or otherwise) accidents. I’ve always believed painting should have serendipity too.
Anyway, I see some collage work coming out of it in the near future, and no doubt I will be mightily inspired by Mark Hearld’s work currently showing at the Bankside Gallery London in “St.Judes in the City” exhibition. I’m off to see it tomorrow – Southern trains permitting of course. I’ll be reporting back…
It’s just beginning to be a bit colder and blustier- so probably not long before the beachcomb pickings will be a bit more abundant.
So I’ve used what I can for the moment, hoping for more this Winter!
Seaweed is starting to come in and be left in piles on the strandline. I’m always a bit sad for it, as it seems to dry out so quickly. I’ve been pressing some, drawing some, and using the lovely shapes it makes. So it too will be useful in the coming months (although there is some objection as it can get a bit smelly if I take too long to draw or paint it…)
There is a great deal to learn when you start a new website from scratch! So I shall apologise now for the shortcomings you’ll (probably) find. Give me time and I’ll get it sorted….I hope.
Meanwhile, to get things going, and to give me some practice in uploading and arranging things, I thought I’d put on a bit of of a demo. So here goes:
I later added some touches of gold here and there – but it went off to exhibition before I had a chance to photograph that. But I’ll do some more gold leafing and collage in a later blog, with some information on the process I use for that.
There, that wasn’t too bad! Famous last words………