Sunday 30 September 2007

Karen Gilbert - jewellery

Karen Gilbert: Neckpiece 'Brace' 2007?

New work by Karen Gilbert here at Velvet Da Vinci. I particularly love her neckpiece 'Nest' and many of the others on this page, it's so organic, like tangled piles of net, debris and growth on a beach. I miss the beach.

Thursday 27 September 2007

Even the fields are blue

Straw bales aren't what they used to be, though I do love the colour.

Wednesday 26 September 2007

Water siphon

My 1st ever Ebay purchase! Best of all, it's white, so it will blend with my house.

I've avoided Ebay because I know I'd get addicted, but since this purchase was eco-friendly, practical, genuinely needed and loads cheaper than buying in the shops I went for it. You pump the brass end in your bath water, water butt or whatever to get the water to siphon with no need to suck on the hose. At last, being green doesn't need to involve a mouthful of dirty water.

Liz, got your mail, will reply when I get some free time and a clear head.

Tuesday 25 September 2007

Ian Dingman - blue chairs

Ian Dingman: Royal, Ink & watercolour on paper, 2006

Just realised I've not posted other people's work for ages. Ian Dingman has a lot of great chair drawings on his Art for Sale pages. The blue ones above are my fave's.

Getting very intimate with many aspects of the medical profession just now. I have been to my own Doc, own hospital or Uncle's hospital every day for the last 10 days. I'm pooped, this is the busiest I've been seen the wedding in France last September (seems so long ago). The hardest thing is controlling my urge to bring holistic design to the Intensive Care Unit. It's tough when you can see little things that would make a difference to moral but you know they just don't have the time or money to implement them.

Saturday 22 September 2007

Friday 21 September 2007

3 blue-green doors

There were 5 doors but 2 were out of focus, and I like 3's anyway.
Managed not to faint during my blood test (I'm a wimp about needles).

Black and pink

Liked the similarities in these two photo's, back of the hospital (catering unit, eugh, won't be eating there!) and back of the garden...

Thursday 20 September 2007

My gran likes pale pink

Me & my Bro

Tiny faded photo my Granny has on her wall circa 1976. I love the blue coat I've got on. Check out the black wellies and white knees...

My uncle is doing much better, thanks for the well wishes. He's out of ICU and hopefully leaving High Dependency Unit soon but it's going to be a long haul for his recovery so I'll continue to be fairly quiet here with mostly photo blogging.

I saw my own Doc today, it's amazing to be taken seriously at last. He acknowledged that no-one had properly investigated any of my health problems before and immediately lined me up for blood tests (not the usual ones) and a chest x-ray to kick off the process - not exactly a fun day out but it's a huge relief to have some hope of answers.

Veiws from the M8

Two things I've always loved about the drive to Glasgow are the tall lights and the gas tanks, looking particularly nice last Friday at sunset...

Tuesday 18 September 2007

Monday 17 September 2007

Concrete and rain clouds

Rain clouds last wednesday as we drove to visit my Uncle in hospital in Glasgow...

A hand injury is making typing hard, but mainly I've been off the blog due to being away visiting relatives in Argyll and my Uncle who's seriously ill. I won't have time/energy to blog properly or read emails as I need to just sleep between trips and tasks. I'll try and post some pics from earlier this month so as not to abandon this space entirely. If any of you normally text me I also won't be able to reply as I need all my texts for family just now.

Thursday 13 September 2007

Wednesday 12 September 2007

Tuesday 11 September 2007

Thursday 6 September 2007

Beautiful day

Loved the Jasmine shadow on a step. All the thistles in the fields are setting seed (actually, I must show you my thistle work). The sun shone all day, hot sun but with a gentle breeze that kept the air fresh and wonderful. You could feel the happiness in the air, and hear a lot of lawn mowing and fence building going on.

Road maintenance

With hedgerows full of rosehips and berries I decided it was my civic duty to fill in some potholes in the road...

Laura Darling- Illustration September '07

Laura Darling: Page from her book 'Leonard' 2007

I nearly forgot to say... Laura Darling, she of 'Leonard' fame as gushed about by me here,, let me know she is exhibiting some of her work in Edinburgh this week at Coconut Grove, Leven Street. 3rd - 10th Sept. She said she'd probably be showing some pages from her giant book about weather, which I never saw, so I'd really like to visit. Not sure if I can though, the bloomin' hormones etc. are keeping me at bay this week. But I hope some of you can pop by, and if you do I'd love to hear about it.

My mum has 2 Leonard prints framed on her walls now and is VERY delighted with them. On the 1st night of them going up she made my Dad say 'night night Leonard' before bed. He is not the sort of man who generally engages in any degree of chat with inanimate objects, unlike me and my mum!

I'm having hellish trouble with a couple of my emails, mainly my big fish one as my broadband provider is denying access to my accounts! So if you've been trying to each me leave a comment so I can give you an alt email address to try.

Tuesday 4 September 2007

Seed Project 1992 - b&w drawings

I drew these while I was in Canada using photo's from my time at the herbarium in Edinburgh. The plan was to screenprint them. As I'd become very Eco I didn't want to photographically expose the screen because of nasty chemicals at various stages, so I drew them to work as stencils on the screen, hence the boldness (they are much crisper than they appear here).

I'd love to see these printed up. I Gocco'd them as Christmas cards but stupidly didn't keep any, not realising I'd never get round to printing them. Of course, it's not too late, they've waited 15yrs but they are miraculously still in good condition.

In dry barley last week

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