Woodland wedding

I was nearly late to pick my kids up from school today because once I started making this little scene I just didn’t want to stop.

It’s my brother and his wife, who got married in some woods in Somerset on Saturday…it was a wonderful day filled with blessings and bunting, petals and pasties, wine and water pistols…and the tallest wedding cake I’ve ever seen!

Ear Ear

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Quite often the first day of the school holidays does not go exactly as I imagined.
Thank goodness for the patient nurses and doctor we saw today and Long Live the NHS!

Travelling Dog

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I drew this little dog with a suitcase shortly after the Referendum here in Britain, still reeling from the idea that we will be leaving the EU.
In the last few weeks I’ve been hearing so many shocking stories of racist abuse being hurled at people on the street and in public places.
I thought of my Italian grandmother arriving in England as a teenager before the Second World War, and wondered what prejudices she faced.
Here in Stroud I know people from Hungary, Italy, USA, Poland, Austria, Portugal, Turkey, Wales, Scotland, the Philippines, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Australia and Germany.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Grey Day

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This little paper box was for today’s Lilac Grey #colour_collective on twitter.

It pushed me out of my colour comfort zone – I don’t often use purply colours, but I loved using this grey today.

Open Snoozios

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I’m in the midst of Open Studios this weekend, and it’s been lovely to meet so many people.
It also motivated me to make more dioramas…

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…and a few papery things like this Secret Garden…

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…and these Hanging Gardens.

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The only thing is that after all this Creative Activity and meeting of lovely people…

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…I feel really tempted to have a snooze on my sofa whenever there’s a quiet moment. So far I’ve resisted (unlike a fellow artist who napped in her garden undetected last week, an approach which is much to be admired. No wonder her artwork is so fabulous).

Book Corner

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This was going to be 3 dogs walking in a park, until a scribbly pink tree I’d done for something else fluttered out of a bag I was emptying…and I put the 3 dogs aside and used this one.
And thought I’d quite like to be sitting reading under pink blossom.

Beside the Seaside

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There’s some wonderful work for #colour_collective by so many artists on twitter tonight – the colour was Limpet Blue and as I’d woken up wanting to draw an ice cream van it seemed to fit in nicely.