Saturday, 8 November 2014

Studio tour [1]

I'm almost done sorting my art room: there's a new computer desk set-up, whitewashed walls, and a new display system for artwork and the art notes that I love having around me. I still need to re-organise my shelves and sort through a few piles of stuff on the floor but it's getting there. A part [2] will follow when those last jobs are done.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Life drawing looms!

A grey and drizzly morning would normally be my cue to stay in PJs but I decided to do the drive up to Shaftesbury to pop to the bank. After a couple of errands, I thought I'd stop in at the Arts Centre to get some information about renting the gallery space - just a vague idea I have of creating a themed body of work to show there one day way off in the future! 

The artist whose work had occupied the gallery for the last two weeks - Tessa McIntyre - kindly gave me the contact details of the person I need to contact about the gallery and then she and I got to chatting. She turned out to live locally to me and attends life drawing mornings organised by the Bruton Art Society near Wincanton. There had been a group at my local village hall that stopped just as I'd found them, so I was delighted to hear about this alternative and I hope to attend from the New Year. It was also lovely to meet Tessa and to see her paintings just before they were taken down this afternoon. I was smitten with her lino prints, which she prints herself on a press in her studio-garage. The above image was borrowed from the BAS website; it's one of the pieces I saw and liked very much today.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Feeling a bit Paleo: UPDATE

It's been three weeks since my Paleo journey began and Dad asked me today if I'd weighed because he can see I've started to lose weight. I'd noticed my jeans getting looser; that I'd gone up a notch on my belt; and was wondering if it was my imagination that a couple of bras were fitting slightly better but I wasn't making a big deal dancing about it because I still have a long road ahead. Scales turn me into a "glass half empty" person - the numbers depress me because my target is still so far away. Dad says that's a bad attitude but he's always been slim and fit, so what does he know?! Maybe I'll build a better relationship with the scales when I'm further along in my journey and the numbers are less intimidating.

I can't say Paleo is easy; there are times when I'm feeling too tired to cook. There are things I miss but I haven't been at all hungry and I've found new favourite things to eat - like cabbage stir fried in roasted mustard seeds and fenugreek; and mushroom omelettes with a whisper of smoked paprika and red onions. And no, I don't have recipes; my day to day cooking is all about what I fancy undertaken with a chuck-it-in-the-pan-and-see approach! If I'm out for a whole morning and can't get an alternative or forget my fruity teabags, then I don't stress about having an "illegal" hot drink. I refuse to make this a trial and thus feel guilty about incidental "failures" like that - and that, in my opinion, is a good attitude!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Soul Food class of 2015 GIVEAWAY!

22/10/14 UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Debra! Please get in touch with me, Debra.

I'm delighted that it's now my turn to give away one free spot in Soul Food 2015! If you visit the entry form below, you'll find ways to gain multiple entries to this giveaway which opens today, October 15, and runs for one week, until October 22, 2014. To find out more about this wonderful online class and to meet the 2015 faculty, please visit our Soul Food blog.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Soul Food class video

This is a little promo video myself, Mystele and Heather prepared for our Soul Food class of 2015 to explain all about the class and what you can expect from it. If you have questions, come and ask us on Facebook, or come and join us at Community Thrive, where you can enjoy what else the community has to offer while you wait for Soul Food registration to open!