I haven’t posted in a long while, things have been really busy for me lately with a new job, personal/family problems and a two week holiday to France. I am still very very busy but It really bothered me not having posted in so long.
So here I am.
The only arty time I’ve had has been during my holiday soo that’s what I’ll focus on here.
Here are a few pictures.
France was lovely we were in the Landes region, plenty of opportunity to visit the coast, we even took a short trip into Spain.
Hmm…I’ve just realized I’ve no pictures of the paintings I worked on when we were away, It’s late now so I’ll take some and do another quick post tomorrow.
To be continued…
Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending most of the day with my lovely wee cousin; we spent time on the trampoline, she demonstrated how her “Aqua Beads” work, we played at the park, and painted together.
I don’t have a lot of experience with young children but I think she’s pretty amazing for a six year old. She asks some wonderful questions, starts some interesting conversations (more recently on topics like woman’s rights, and the difference between the laws of our country and the ten commandments) and her reading and writings skills are impressive. Yesterday we discussed (among many many other things) what talent is, who has it, when does it appear, is it something you should spend your time searching for and, if you have a great talent should you try your best to make that your job or just a hobby. I found the discussion really really interesting but I’m not sure how much I like the thought of talent, I think practice, effort and learning are more important. Though, I think that if you have some form of natural talent or aptitude it can make an activity more enjoyable and so more likely to be developed. After spending some time talking about what she thought about talents and talented people she decided that she would like to find her talent and that she hopes its dancing or painting (she would like to be a ballet dancer and a ballet instructor) but she wouldn’t mind if she had a different talent and she agreed that if she really wanted to be good at something she would work at it.
So we painted, after some wee tips mostly about holding paintbrushes and the importance of practicing she created some lovely wee paintings. She did then paint over the various paintings a few times and ended up with some slightly less lovely paintings, but learning when to stop and be satisfied with a painting is something I’m still trying to learn so I can’t really expect her to get it immediately.
Here are some photos of her paintings;
And the wee painting I created for her;
I’m back from my long weekend away with the family, we had a great time celebrating all the significant birthdays and anniversaries.
I’m very lucky to have such a large and close family and I love every one of them. There were seventeen of us away (two couldn’t make it unfortunately) so there was lots going on, lots of catching up and enjoying each others company.
I managed to do a little painting and necklace making while I was away. I also took lots of pictures.
Here are some of the pictures (all taken in and around Pitlochry, Scotland) ;
(This one was actually taken by my mum)
(This last one was the view from the window in my room, it was very pretty.)
I’ll do another post soon catching up all my creative bits and pieces, I think that’s enough for just now.
Recently lots of my paintings and other creative projects have been a bit brighter and child friendly, lots of robots, dinosaurs, coloured beads, fun things. They are fun to create and I guess it reflects whats on my mind just now. I’ve been spending lots of time with my lovely wee cousin. She’s six, she’s fun. She likes beads and flowers and robots and dinosaurs. She is waiting very patiently for her new little brother to be born and we’re all hoping he’ll be healthy.
I like brightening her day with my creations.
A rather nasty migraine yesterday kept me away from my trusty laptop all day, so here is the post I intended to write.
On Monday – taking advantage of the bank holiday – I went a wee trip up to Dundee with the parents, followed by a jaunt to Newport-on-Tay and a short adventure out to Balmerino Abbey. It was nice enough, the weather wasn’t always ideal but that’s to be expected from Scottish weather. I decided to take a few pictures at the Abbey as my” creative thingy of the day”. So, here they are.
I’d like to visit again with my other camera when the weather is better.
On the way home I stopped to take a picture of this guy, he seemed a friendly sort.