For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .







''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007







Thursday, June 14, 2012

home alone.....




This is how my house looks when I am left home alone, unsupervised. It could be worse...I haven't caused any trouble, haven't spoken to any strangers, haven't had wild parties. All in all I have been very good. On reflection however it probably wasn't the best idea to just empty the packet of Rainbow Drops straight onto the white board. There were crumbs and sugar everywhere. I had to refrain from eating them until I had painted them...the self control was amazing! 
I am enjoying adding to this piece of watercolour painting every now and then. These are only small studies but if I keep going every week or so adding a little more then in no time at all I will have quite a large painting. You will probably notice prints too, prints off my embroidery. I like to do this sometimes, it gives a  different perspective looking at embroidery in print form....I am pondering these for a while.

11 comments:

Jackie said...

Ooh I'm first. Absolutely lovely paintings. I'm sure you could attach those rainbow drops somewhere. Did you eat them all?

karen said...

I did eat them all but I only had a small packet. The ones you can see are the whole contents of my 25p packet.

Suztats said...

Yummy!

deanna7trees said...

never saw 'rainbow drops' before. it's probably a good thing because i love sweets. love what you choose as inspirations for painting and you do such a great job of capturing the essence.

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

Looks good enough to eat!

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

do they still make flakey chocolate. i use to love the ice-cream cone with the flakey stuck in the middle...and smarties. those might be fun to do. can't wait - near 10 day for the ledger class. (maybe a carrot next time - it will be less of a temptation!) cheers

Carol Q said...

ha ha! now I know what to do with rainbow drops that my son has left in the cupboard for months on end!

Rachel said...

Those little watercolour studies are delightful, Karen!

barbara l. hale said...

I admire your creativity! Who would think to paint rainbow drops? You...that's who.

helena frontini said...

You have always great ideas!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I enjoyed seeing the watercolor painting and admired the goodness of the drops and then - and then - I spied the prints. Ummm (you already know what I'm gonna say, don't you)...that's fodder for a book!!!!! Hint, hint.