Monday, 29 April 2013

Thursday, 18 April 2013

The Outcome Of Stepping Back Even Further In Time...

We've stepped back even further in time today: 

 "Paris Dance Studio 1911"


The original has already sold, but you can find an 8" x 10" print if you CLICK HERE.

Thank you!


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The Tale of a Paris Dance Studio and Playing With Light

 Yesterday, I painted a little version of this fellow, as part of a larger painting I'm currently working. As I painted, I noticed that, even though it's a tiny painting, if I didn't put the breaks on, I could go on perfecting it forever. There's just too much going on in that iridescence.

 I was particularly taken by this bit:
It has a happy kind of light peachiness. Not silly pink, but warm peach (although silly pink also, occasionally, has its place).

 So I did a little colour-study.
Then things all went a bit Rothko...although completely missing the point, as this is only a 5" x 7"...

Still, I was happy at the pay of light there and wondered how I could use it. Rob bought me this book as an early birthday present last week and I found in there a picture of a room of girls at the opera, practicing for Swan Lake in 1930:
...and you can see what happened after that...
 "Paris Dance Studio, 1933"


Monday, 15 April 2013

A Monday dabble...

I had about half an hour today to paint, so I worked on these legs. They're almost there!
Some other peeks:

Planning on a big old day with my brushes tomorrow. Can't wait! 

We went to an absolutely wondrous wedding in a wondrous setting over the weekend, so I must show you some photos of that tomorrow too!


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Lemon Ginger Mug Cake

 So utterly yummmm!

...and all done in about 6 minutes!
I used this recipe as a base (very heavily) and just swapped a teaspoon or so of the lemon juice with the same amount to grated ginger, although these ratios can be swayed either way. 
I just sprinkled the top with a little icing sugar, but you could of course go crazy with buttercream icing and all sorts of doodads!
It was totally light and fluffy all the way through too! 

I think next time I make this, I'll fill the mug to just over half-way, just so it puffs over the lip of the mug and looks that bit prettier :)


Saturday, 6 April 2013

Down The Rabbit Hole

  The past week, after a year of working on her, I finished the largest of the Alice paintings.
 There's all sorts in there. 

Most importantly, tea, cake and lots of greenery (what more could one want?...)

 Oh yes...books...many books and a couple of globes to ponder over and play 'find the country' games with...

Candles, mirrors and flowers...