Friday, 3 February 2017

Love in Various Forms

Well, we all need a bit of cheering up after my last post, don't we? So here is some love for you, in various forms.


When I am making art, or writing, or wrangling a riverdancing baby into a highchair, love is generally what I am musing on, at some level. It's an important subject and also more interesting than wondering what I'll make for tea. Plus, if you have emerged into 2017 for even five minutes, you will have noticed that, not only has it been nearly Easter since Boxing Day, it also has been almost Valentine's Day all year. So here are some works of love and ink:



These have gone all over the world :)

Saying it with flowers :)

Good. Wares duly flaunted; now for an update on the people who benefit from and inspire my work. Currently, they are going by the names of Trumpet and Plumpet.

They are really enjoying each other, which is mostly down to Trumpet being very tolerant of Plumpet's new ability to be a danger to herself and others all of the time:


I am very proud of them both:


Trumpet has been taking lots of Thomasesque photos of stones and shadows and herself:


Having bought Trumpet a marvellous witch's hat to go with her lovely dress, she announced, with less than an hour before her school Hallowe'en disco, that she wanted to dress as a spider. We agreed on a Spider Witch, hence the eight eyes:

(Do you see that little desk all covered in books and boxes and a tangle of wires? That's my 'studio'; that's where I hunch right now.)

She has had some spectacularly bonkers moments. One night I found her sleeping tied to a balloon:


She can't do that any more, because I did this:



The mornings are so much easier :).

Following on from our potato-balancing fun, we have all enjoyed Plumpet playing Where's My Wafer?:


Trumpet has been spreading the love too. She made some beautiful cards with endangered animal designs and sold them at our local cafe. She raised enough money to adopt a snow leopard for her class and a mountain gorilla for herself with the WWF. They send a toy version and now she wants to wear her dressing gown all the time:


So, all good here. Art is actually happening, depending on how long Plumpet sleeps for (this post has taken four days worth of nap!) and other things are afoot (apen?) which I will share with you soon.

Thank you for all the love after my last post. Spring is coming!

6 comments:

  1. Wonderful in all ways. Such beautiful girls (and don't they look alike?) no wonder they are your inspiration. Here's to love!xx

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    1. They are really wonderful. Thank you Ivy x

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  2. 'wrangling a riverdancing baby into a highchair'... �� LOL! I have a great mental image of that, xx

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  3. They look happy and healthy (and well-loved)and it's wonderful your older daughter has such concern for animals. I do hope you get a bigger workspace for you wonderful art soon.

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  4. Thank you. Yes, my big irl is all heart - really concerned about endangered animals at the moment and determined to spend her life saving them. It is deeply moving and inspiring to witness her love. And we are trying to move house, although we don't have an address, let alone a date, yet, but hopefully then I won't spend so much time hunched in the coldest corner of the house! Of course, if I get really desperate, I could always tidy my desk...

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