Friday, 31 October 2014

News!! 3rd edition of Through Our Hands, the magazine

The 3rd edition of the Through Our Hands magazine, is due out next week.  If you haven't already signed up for it, you can do so here   Scroll down, and there's a newsletter box about half way down on the right...just fill in your details!

Guess who forgot the stems!

First try at digital painting - something fundamental missing!


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tales from the Coffee Table - number 42.The amazing magic bottle of Marouff Flifloufl

The coffee table is in my living room and is packed with junk high class collectables, and I've decided to share with the world the made up stories family histories of some of the pieces.


The amazing and slightly low-budget magic bottle of Marouff Flifloufl

For ancient centuries, maybe even millenia, travellers from across the globe have visited Cairo's Grand Old Bazaar. Even the great explorer Herodotus visited the land of alchemy and magic, the Gods' gift from the Nile, pausing for a tall tale and a dose of bilharzia as he navigated the ancient world in search of wisdom.

In an old, old nook, of an old, old shop, in an old, old twisted alleyway, in the darkest and most ancient cranny of this bazaar, my distant relative, Great Great (times many) Uncle Flifloufl, polished the blown-glass bottles he'd made for the delicately-scented rose of attar merchants, and Turkish Delight sellers, who travelled in winding caravans across the star-lit sands of the Sahara.

As with all things, in time, Uncle Flifloufl sadly aged and turned to dust, but he left this unassuming bottle, much prized and hidden in a casket, to pass from father to son as a reminder of better days.  There were no instructions.

Sadly, those hard times came for the Flifloufl family and the bottle was sold to a passing student of Egyptology from Birmingham University, who thought it pretty and when she got home, she kept it on her windowsill. She used the casket as an emergency belated  present for her best friend who's birthday she'd forgotten. Students aren't renowned for their cleaning abilities and the bottle soon fell under a thick layer of  dirt and dust.

However, Mothers are wonderful, and stonkingly supportive, and known for liking things to be clean and tidy.  The inevitable happened and on a visit one day, Mother decided to have a good polish.  She rubbed the bottle firmly with an anti bacterial wipe, and well, you can guess what happened.

Suffice it to say that the family, especially the mother, are living in great style with everything they could possible need, including the latest very expensive Pfaff sewing machine.  Genii Us.












©Annabel Rainbow

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Pre-decorating shuffle

Why is it that when you start one thing you end up having to do several other things first?

Painting the studio before winter sounds a breeze, but it involved tidying up a bit.  Which in turn involved having a sort through and moving things so I could actually get to the walls.  Then I had to sort the garden shed so I had somewhere to put stuff like cat litter trays, and that in turn involved doing the same to clear the garage and then the loft. Phew.  All with a chest infection!

Several tip runs later and a house that is a lot emptier, and tidier, but I still haven't painted!  I did find some altered books I'd forgotten about.......


.......and these little pencil holders. I made them so I didn't have to keep scrabbling for the right pencil in amongst the dozens that I have.

And here's a rag rug DD2 made and I found in the garage. A nice jolly addition to offset all that white paint that WILL be on the walls soon.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Couple more daily sketches.

 Well, not exactly sketches but quick pieces in the sketchbook.  I think the idea is to do something - whatever you do being of good worth!

Left - Rosehips.  This is the next step from the digital tracing and I've blown the image up a bit larger and added a background wash and some water soluble crayon.

Below:  (another DMTV special) I've used a postcard of the Pitt Rivers museum roof.  It's a bit thick but I've tried to integrate it into the page and extend the drawing.  Trouble with making it up, is that the result has some iffy architecture, and doesn't look like it would stand up to a heavy downpour!

So, nothing tremendous but it's easy to do in front of the TV.  Tonight I'm having a night off though - it's the Bake Off final :)

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Portrait in parts

For this portrait I'm starting off by using some stencils and stamps to make a background. I especially like the stencil with the jumble...