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