Showing posts with label animals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label animals. Show all posts

Monday, 18 June 2012

Cute Beasts!

I received the most amazing alpaca bag from Loukr from the Craftster UK only swap.
It is fantastic! I can't wait to show it off at Woolfest this weekend!  I'd love an alpaca or two however, but as we live on the third floor that might not work.  Plus I'm not sure the guinea pigs would appreciate sharing their hay with anyone!  Yesterday we had a walk around Dean Castle Country Park, and got to see some other beautiful beasts.  Including some pretty deer and curious chickens.
A baby llama, sitting so uncomfortably!
 A pretty foal.
Why the long face?
A goat who so wanted to be petted.
Plus can you see who this is hiding in the bushes?
A bushy tailed grey squirrel!
The squirrel then sat and ate seeds along with a female mallard and her tiny chicks.
Adorable!  Now I must get back to my crafting!

Thursday, 14 April 2011


Today Oscar had some sweetcorn.
I took far too many photos.
And Mr Crafty showed me how to sew it all together.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Bunny Power (plus a little guinea pig power too!)

The amazingly talented Carla Sonhiem has a 5 second tutorial on her blog to create Easy Tombo Bunnies! I just had to have a go. Using watercolour paper, a black felt pen & a brush...
I like how the different colours come from the black pen; blues, greys, purple. Now my bunnies may not be anatomically correct, but I think they look happy enough! Though maybe I should add whiskers?
Of course, I couldn't have rabbits without guinea pigs, so here is a cavy...
And yes, I realise he doesn't have any legs, but most of the time guinea pigs look like furry potatoes anyhow! Check out Carla's tutorial and share your bunnies!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Weimaraner photos and felt guinea pigs...

Today another trip across to the capital. Firstly stop was Paws Here, a pet rescue centre in Morningside. Today was their open day, which meant we got to handle some very energetic rats, stroke a few rabbits and cuddle a gorgeous lady guinea pig (don't tell the boyz!). I did my good deed and donated a dozen guinea pig Christmas tree decorations to help with their fundraising. Who wouldn't want a gp on their tree at Xmas?
Yarn lovers take note, Paws Here are having a on-line raffle with some great prizes: see ravelry. Lunch was spent surrounded by some pretty cool birdy prints from Pigeon Industries.
At the City Art Centre there are currently two photography exhibitions, the first is from William Wegman. Family Combinations is all about his weimeraners, these silky dogs trust Wegman enough to allow him to contort and pose them for the camera. The pictures are comical, sometimes absurd and the films (including some made for Sesame Street) are hilarious. But then you wonder how these dogs were trained? Do they ever rebel against their master? And isn't it slightly odd to be dressing a dog in a dress?

The other exhibition is from Edward Weston. Weston used powerful black and white photography to give new ways of viewing things. These bold images distorted my initial comprehension. What I thought was a bronze statue turned out to be a pepper, engineering parts were actually shells and steps were in fact sand dunes.

Wandering along the Royal Mile you can not help but notice the amazing buildings surrounding you. The light was still good enough to catch a couple of pictures.
Back at home, a quick practice at free motion embroidery. Using a scrap of lace that I had dyed, backed on felt, I attempted to outline the flowers, interestingly I think I prefer the back - though mind the birds nests!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Follow the gourd!

My sketching has been ignored for some while. To get back in to the drawing mode some quick 5 minute sketches on small pieces of paper (far less intimidating than big sheets!). Firstly a fine looking gourd in pen and pencil, and then aquatone pencils.
A three legged badger in pastel (I only just realised he was missing a leg!).
And finally some tiny acorns.
If you wish to learn more about following the gourd (or alternatively the shoe), see this classic Monty Python sketch.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Eccentric weaving...

I spent the weekend on an 'eccentric weaving' course in the grand surroundings of Stirling Castle, tutored by the very talented Louise Martin. It was great fun allowing the threads to create curves, and not worrying about the maths of it all! I produced two samples, the first is this petrol blue one, I like the curved line running across it.
The second, is much brighter (!) and not quite finished, I shall save showing you until it is. If you are interested in tapestry and are in the area, this week is Forth Valley Open Studios, in which Louise is taking part. Also a noble cause to mention is ripple, artists helping raise funds for the animal victims of the deep water horizon gulf oil spill.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Wax Wave & Rabbit

A lovely non-work Wednesday! I attended a Frances Hider workshop on 'Beautiful Batik on Silk' organised by the Guild of Silk Painters - Glasgow & West of Scotland branch. I've only ever tried batik a couple of times previously, and never on silk, so jumped at the chance to have a go. I should point out that my photos here are not of the finished pieces! The work has gone off to be steam-fixed; to set the dye and remove the wax. It will be interesting to see how the removal of the wax changes the image. The first piece is inspired by a photo of a wave. Layers of wax and dye were built up using tjantings, brushes, splattering and dabbing.
The second piece was inspired by a photo of a rabbit in silhouette. Using a paintbrush with its bristles coagulated in wax takes some getting used to, as it doesn't quite flow as you would expect! Layers of progressively darker dye were built up to create the image. By the end of the workshop I had noticed that on the wet surface the dye colours had shifted a little... Here's hoping that when my piece is returned my bunny's ear hasn't fallen off!

Monday, 10 August 2009

Sketchbook creatures

I have entered the hand embroidery network on-line exhibition, as usual I'm a little behind schedule, but getting there! The topic is living organisims, and to get me in the mood here are some pen & pencil creatures from my sketchbook.
I particularly like the rather cheeky look of the oyster catcher - though I'm not sure if oyster catchers will really 'fit' in my final piece!

One other thing to mention is that the knitting group I go to is now on the web! Check here to see the lovely work that has recently been completed & how I'm still stuck in the land of rib!