a catch-up and a giveaway

Since we last met I've been doing various things...

I have visited (too briefly) the brilliantly inspiring Grayson Perry exhibition at the British Museum. It was brilliant, I would love to go again... don't miss it if you are passing through London.

I am reading Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton and am just about to start Wolf Hall.

I have joined a new choir and we are singing Vivaldi's Gloria and lots of lovely Christmassy music.

I have bought an easel and have begun to experiment with painting standing up. I love the sense of freedom and energy in the body when working this way.

I have been enjoying looking at the still lifes of John Bellany and the work of Janet Melrose:


I have also reached a hundred followers, which is lovely, and as a thank you I have a few bits and bobs from last years mouse winter shop that need a home... just leave a comment whether you are a follower or not and I will select three or four winners at random on Sunday evening.

I wish I could tell you the maker of the beautiful ceramic work at the top of the post... but I've forgotten... sorry.

25 comments:

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

The post image is beautiful, stunning - love it. x

kkkkaty said...

To me, the art at the top of your post looks very much like some of your other work..I thought it was yours... love it.
Congratulations on arriving at 100 followers.

Sandra Robinson said...

I really want to go and see the Grayson Perry exhibition but I think I will have to wait until the new year. I love the still life painting, it looks very peaceful.

The Village Queen said...

Your blog is always insperational, not being a artist love seeing what people can do...
That top pic would make a good quilt... Thanks for sharing!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I love the colours in that ceramic piece.
Congrats on reaching your milestone!
Vivienne x

Annie said...

I shall now picture you practising your Gloria's while standing at your easel painting ... have fun :D

And most appropriately my word verification is singly!

Frances said...

Wow Sue. You've definitely been on the go. Thanks to you for telling us a bit about what you've seen on your travels.

Isn't it amazing how these blog posts do add up?

xo

Karen said...

Love the images Sue - congrats on all your followers. Singing in a choir always appeals to me - singing makes you feel so good. Have a lovely weekend x

Gina said...

I really enjoyed Wolf Hall... and I'm off to see the Grayson Perry exhibition in a couple of weeks. Can't wait.

paintdropskeepfalling said...

You've made me think again at using my own easel. I thought the top pic was your too. It would be nice to see what you've done at your easel :)

marge said...

I have admired your blog - both written and photographic content - from afar, but am coming out into the open in the hope that more readers will encourage more painting and engender more posts. Have you thought of selling your paintings?

Carol said...

Congratulation on 100 followers of your lovely blog.
I'm having my first 'Giveaway' this week so hope you'll pop over.
Carol xx

Glynis said...

I am coming out in to the open too!
I can't believe that you have Christmas things from last year left...they are all so lovely!

Toffeeapple said...

Standing up is the only way I could paint, even though I use watercolours. It is very freeing.

Have you seen the work of Mary Fedden and Elizabeth Blackadder?

Congrats on your 100!

Heloise said...

I too thought the first image was your work. Good luck with everything that you are doing.

driftwood said...

enjoy your choir, I joined one last year, I love it, and they are very forgiving of beginners like me.....

Gilly said...

I thought the top pic was yours too!

Your blogs are always so interesting! I regularly follow them, but don't think I'd count as a follower! ;-)

acornmoon said...

Congratulations on your 100 followers. I am very envious of your choir, how lovely!

sue said...

How lovely is that art work, such beautiful colours on that first piece? Stunning! Have fun with your singing such a lovely thing to do especially at Christmas. x

selfsewn@summerfete said...

hello I am going to the Grayson Perry exhibition next month!!

Congrats on your 100th follower it's nice to know isn't it!

Ruth Hope said...

Love to check in to your blog. I find your work and your posts very inspirational. You always give me something real to think about. You have a wonderful sense of colour, very sophisticated. I'd love to be able to paint like you, an I'd love to own something you created. 100 followers! Wow!

Anna Wilson-Patterson said...

I like the Janet Melrose painting.

Jacqui Dodds said...

Hi - Hope that I haven't missed this :-)

Yvonne said...

May be too late for this, but like your work very much; a few months ago I started a crocheted blanket inspired by yours (loved the colours), though I've yet to finish it!

Helen said...

Oh rats, I was anxious to know who made the art at the top of the post.

Congratulations on reaching a hundred followers!

Don't include me in your giveaway as I don't live in the UK. (Not that I don't love your work, I have a shopping bag you made and it is beautiful and so strong!) I don't often comment on your blog, but I do love it. Always thoughtful and inspiring.