Friday, July 23

cushions, kilim and furniture

I haven't had time to photograph any of my lovely new items properly but here are a few quick snaps of the kilim and cushions from Istanbul along with one of the Indian Sheesham wood sideboards. I haven't unpacked the dining table or chairs yet as the old table is still here, waiting for our office move to pack it away. How things drag on....

Thursday, July 22

morning sunlight

isn't the morning sunlight gorgeous coming in through the blinds of my daughter's room? This photo was so spontaneous that I didn't have time to tidy the room before taking the shot.

Wednesday, July 21

Art in Action 2010 part 3

This is the final part of the Art in Action experience. Artist Jenny Wheatley must live somewhere very picturesque and lovely. Her paintings are mostly interiors with a view or landscapes, or houses. Here I have posted some of her oil paintings but she also paints in acrylics and on paper. I had to restrain myself from posting here ALL the paintings on her website, they are just so gorgeous.
Rumble in the Jungle
Waiting around, Havana
On the Edge of the Woods
Preparing for the Visit
Party Shoes
Flowers for the Fishermen
Soft Winter Light
Looking out at the Verandah
Neighbourly Chat
Night Fishing
all images from Jenny Wheatley

Tuesday, July 20

Art in Action 2010 part 2

Chic and Cheerful - Gardens Illustrated Magazine
Ok so here's Hannah McVicar.
She studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art and has worked for Abercrombie and Fitch in the US for two years! She has an amazing eye for detail, illustrating mostly floral subjects influenced by her childhood spent amongst plants at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Herb Garden - Jekka's Herb Farm
Essence of Spring - Gardens Illustrated Magazine
Cardoon, Screenprint
Enchanted Herbs, Screenprint
Surface Pattern for Jane Churchill
all images from Hannah McVicar

Monday, July 19

Art in Action 2010

Artists at work
This was my second time visiting Art in Action. My first visit was blogged about here. I think the first time I was completely blown away by the talent and array of artists, but returning for a second visit was a bit of an anti-climax. Many of the same artists were there which is to be expected, but it kind of took away the surprise factor (don't know what else I was expecting!). On the other hand, I was completely smitten by 3 artists who I hadn't seen before, whose work was just amazing. They are all female and of course the work is bright, colourful and fresh. They are Carry Akroyd, Jenny Wheatley and Hannah McVicar. All totally different styles, subjects and techniques - and all fantastic!
(I think I may have to post on Jenny Wheatley and Hannah McVicar in a separate post tomorrow)
First up: Carry Akroyd
Carry Akroyd paints in oils, acrylics and watercolour as well as being a printmaker. She has collaborated with poet John Clare to produce a beautiful book of poems and paintings influenced by the stunning British landscape, Landscape Change, John Clare and Me.

Summer Parish

South Eau Bank
Out of Doors
Pink Sky Patchwork
Sulgrave Winter
Open Woodland
A Small Lake
Floods Ferry
Moon Fox
Pink River
Towards the Border
images from Carry Akroyd

Sunday, July 18

Yesterday we had a great day out at Art in Action in Oxfordshire - a wonderful art event where artists of all kinds and musicians come to openly demonstrate their skills and display their work. But more on that later once I get my photos sorted...
I've discovered some gorgeous massively unaffordable homes in massively unaffordable suburbs of London, one of which is this one. Not my usual taste, but attractive nevertheless, albeit with a not-so-attractive asking price!
images from foxtons


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