3/30/2015

Spring Forward


On Saturday we put the clocks forward, "Spring forward, fall back" is how we remember it. We have had a few days of spring sunshine but for the most part it has been cold and wet. All the more reason to get on with the frenzy of spring cleaning. This year I was determined to clear out my studio/dining room, no easy task but I am now rewarded with a place for everything and everything in its place. Calm and order prevail, where there was chaos now there is peace! I can't tell you how happy I was painting this little miniature, listening to radio 3 in my freshly painted and decorated room.



I am ridiculously pleased with my new purchase, a funny little oak cupboard found in a junk shop in Leek. It now houses my paints and arty stuff and I wonder why I have never before thought of such a thing.


We had a trip to London to visit our son and his partner. This time we went on a jazz cruise on the Thames. It was an evening affair with live music, sparkling wine and a three course meal below deck. In the background you can see the Globe theatre. I have never lost my delight in visiting our capital city, every time we find something new.


Thankfully we found time to visit this exhibition of illustrated books and prints at Manchester MMU Library, Special Collections, albeit on the very last day. As a textile designer/illustrator I was especially attracted to the works of Enid Marx. If you missed it you can view it online here-

"An exhibition of prints and illustrated books from the collection of Julian Francis and including work by Edward Ardizzone, John Farleigh, Barnett Freedman, Lucian Freud, Eric Gill, Enid Marx, Agnes Miller Parker, John and Paul Nash, John O'Connor, and Eric Ravilious."

25 comments:

  1. Valerie,
    I really like your find... This is something I need to do. Clean out my studio. I love your miniature owl painting.
    It is simply beautiful!
    blessings,
    Penny

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    1. Thank you Penny and a Happy Easter to you.

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  2. I just spent the better part of today spring cleaning and rearranging furniture to house company coming next week. I had to move Griffins old bed to do so and it was very hard...but life does go on right?...

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    1. It is so hard dealing with all the stuff, the bowls and beds, toys and leads. You just have to grasp the nettle I suppose. Sending my love and condolences to you. x

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  3. Good evening from New York to you, Valerie. I like the photo of you, at sea on the Thames with the Globe as background. And envy your that London visit, too.

    The well designed and useful cabinet you've now got in your studio/dining room seems a very good size. As I glance around this apartment and consider how I might make better use of the space, I keep thinking..."de-accession" without actually doing any de-accessioning, rather than figuring out another option, like making more use of the high ceilings. A taller bookcase, perhaps?

    The Manchester exhibit is one I would love to have seen along with you. Listening to your comments and opinions would have added to the treat.

    Happy Spring, Happy Easter. xo

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    1. Good morning Frances, you could always build a mezzanine floor! Well, joking aside a taller bookcase. I find the more space I have the more junk I accumulate. It would have been fun having you along at the exhibition, you would have loved it I know. x

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  4. It is good sometimes to clear the clutter - the owl is lovely. Your Thames cruise sounds wonderful - lovely photos with rippling water of the river and the lights of the Globe behind you:)

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  5. Hi Rosie, clearing clutter is very therapeutic. I hope all is well with you. Have a Happy Easter. x

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  6. The art exhibition sounds especially exciting!
    I need to visit London - haven't managed to get there for more than two years.
    Happy Easter, dear Valerie.

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    1. Happy Easter to you too Elizabeth. x

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  7. I recently tidied my work space too, and it is such a good feeling! except when I can't find something I've 'tidied up'! the owl painting is beautiful :)

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  8. Ha, I know the feeling, especially now I have had a big reshuffle. Thanks for your kind comments and for visiting my blog.

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  9. That exhibition looks absolutely perfect for you. And that jazz cruise sounds wonderful - I too love London but would hate to live there.

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    1. Same here, I know I would miss the sound of birds singing the most, not that I could afford as much as a bird box in London! Property prices are sky high.

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  10. Bother that I missed the exhibition. I'd have loved to see it.

    That little painting is exquisite ... your work always takes my breath away.

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    1. Thanks Annie. We almost missed the exhibition too, sadly they don't seem very good at promoting events but you can sign up for a news letter.

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  11. I love when you share your work. The owl is breathtaking! I'd love to take a cruise down the Thames some day. For now, I'll settle for the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts!

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    1. Hi Suz, thank you for your kind words. The Charles River in Boston sounds good to me!

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  12. Happy Easter Valerie.
    The miniature Owl looks beautiful. I am impressed that all your art materials are in that cupboard and in one room. Lovely post, nice to see you have been enjoying yourself.

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    1. Actually Milly, last week I came across a big box which had been tidied away and to my surprise it was full of art materials! Oil paints and pastels bought with good intentions and hardly ever used. There is no more room in my new cupboard so they will have to stay where they are.

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  13. Thanks Milly, and a Happy Easter to you too.

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  14. Valerie, How on earth do you keep your watercolor paper so CLEAN?!!! Mine would be covered in splotches of tinted water and fingerprints.
    I agree, it is always a lot more serene to work in an organized art space. You look wonderful!

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  15. I tend to use lots of tissue paper to cover the areas I am not working on and to prevent grease marks on the paper. Splotches do sometimes occur despite my good intentions.

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  16. Thanks for your lovely words on my blog and the loan of your muse! I'm sending it back to you now as I finally found my muse with the help of yours!

    It had fallen down the back of my bench, was covered in dust and feeling very sorry for itself; thankfully your muse soon cheered it (and me) up!

    I've started some new sketches and several bits of jewellery so lots to blog about soon.

    Hope all is well with you.

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    1. That is great news Kate, I look forward to seeing your creations. x

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