I had the great pleasure of spending the day drawing my friend Eve when she came and modelled for us at Newcastle Fire Station. One of the art groups I’m in, Orme Art group had booked he as a clothed model for the day.
Here are my attempts at drawing her. The red dress was really spectacular and hard to draw! I felt really out of practice but I felt like I was getting into it more as the day wore on.
After 5 days and 6 performances we finished singing with the play Beautiful thing tonight. We did two performances today and I’m shattered. We have had a great time though. The choir was accepted by the cast and crew of the play and the New Vic theatre staff. I think we had a wonderful welcome and great support throughout the run.
Now the play is off to Lancaster to run for a week up there. They will be joined by a new community choir. It would be good to go up and see the actual play (we only saw the bits when we were on stage). It had come up from Bristol after a run down there.
So what next? Back to normal. One of the choirs I’m in (Loud Mouth women) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with two musical workshops and a party. Then normal choir practice with Clay chorus the following night.
I’m staggered at how much singing we have done. But it’s been a blast.
Well we are doing it. Singing to accompany the cast of Beautiful thing. Clay Chorus and some of Loud Mouth women led by Greg Stephens and Kate Barfield. Here I am with the cast members playing Jamie and Ste. I have to say we are having a good time now people are getting over their nerves. We are half way through a run of 6 performances so that’s why I’m not on social media as much. Here is a link to the review of the play .
I hope you can follow it.
It’s on at the new victoria theatre, Basford Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday.
We got here today and have been busy sitting around for a lot of the time, interspersed with standing around on the stage being set in position, then singing as loudly and brightly as we can for our songs. I’m shattered, I hope I can keep my energy up for the performance.
To be honest I’m actually enjoying being fitted for a costume (a tee shirt). I brought my own silly blingy jewellery to wear. I’ve actually got some stuff from the 1990s which I was given one Christmas.
The play is called Beautiful Thing at the New Vic theatre at Basford, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Performances run till Saturday and start at 7.30pm.
The play is about the blossoming relationship between two teenage boys. It is set in 1993 and we are singing music by Mama Cass and hits from the 1990s. I hope I don’t break my leg
When you are out for lunch, or going for a day trip its good to ditch the camera sometimes and just sketch the view. It might end up a bit skewiff but that doesn’t matter, you are making personal memories, things to remember, like the way my friends hat dominated our table at a local restaurant Amore, in Newcastle-under-lyme or the fact I always seem to eat lunch before I think about recording what it looked like. We had a huge meal at the New Inn at Dyserth. Then drawing a view of a landmark, trying to catch its character and the sunlight hitting the tree trunk just at the right angle to cast its shadow on the huge stone walls behind it. Drawing the oddly angled steps that are made to bend round protruding rocks and the stone wall at Dyserth Falls…oh I cram a lot in on day trips!
Sunday, a nice warm day. I have been feeling a bit down, I want to paint and be creative, but I needed steering towards something.
Then up popped an invite on my Facebook page, come along to a friend’s workshop to create panels for a flag about Philip Astley. Inventor of the modern circus.
Astley was born in 1742 in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire. His wife would be known for wearing bees on her hands..a bit like mittens. It’s funny what sticks in your mind when you are doing something new.
I’m not a good needlewoman, I can’t use a sewing machine. But I can stitch. I was trying to think what to represent and the answer came to me….horses. They were the first animals to appear in the circus. I’m pretty good at drawing them so I chose a green and white background panel and a pale brown material for the horse.
We used adhesive webbing to stick down the cutouts. Other people had done horses, letters in a circus font, and things like clowns etc. Then basically I just stitched round the outline and added coloured silk edging to enhance the panel…..
Well that took 2 and a half hours…in a 3 hour workshop! So I cut out a figure and added stars and other decorations to my second panel….bits of ribbon for the edges of his clothes, a dark bit of material for his hair. I glued on a few pompoms for him to be juggling. Finally a few stiches for his face. Done….
OK so why blog about this? Because being creative does not mean you have to stick to one sort of art. You can play with anything. Sewing and embroidery use drawing skills. It’s all about hand eye coordination. And its about having fun..letting yourself relax. Even making new friends.
I have some of my tiny and mini paintings for sale at the Place to Be in Newcastle, Staffordshire.
Painted on small matchbox sized canvases, and some about 4 or 5 inches square. If you don’t have a wall to display pictures on you could choose something tiny and unique.
You will also be supporting the shop and the YMCA.
There are tiny paintings and the miniture paintings for sale.
Find them at The Place to Be, York place, off Merril Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 2AH.
Facebook page @YMCANSThePlaceToBe .
I hope to produce more of these in the coming months.
I am also going to produce some greetings cards which will be for sale alongside them