Over the last 2 weeks, I have been away from home and have not had access to the internet or most of my art materials. However, I still managed to do some art, as I had my laptop and watercolors and some pencils.
I painted these watercolours from photos of my garden
I also took with me, a project that I have been working on - an altered book. The book is For the Love of a Rose by Antonia Ridge. A much loved Auntie visited me in Britain and saw my hedge of the Peace Rose in the front of my house. When she got home she sent me her copy. It is about how the Peace Rose came about, a love story of the rose and the love story within the two families involved. I saw a copy in a junk shop last year and thought then it would be good for an altered book project. So finally I have started on the project. I have decided to redo the story in my words and my illustrations.
For the title page I pasted a photo of the peace rose cut out from the book and used the colours of the rose.
The next pages I did waterclour and pencil faces of the founders of the Meilland dynasty – the first love story.
The next project is very dear to my heart. As some of you may know my mum has Alzheimer’s and she lives with my sister in Perth. I feel helpless being so far away. But there is one thing I can do for her and my family. I have decided to make a book dedicated to her life. I hope to have it finished so that I can give it to her and my sister when I visited next Christmas. So over the last two weeks I took the opportunity to get stuck in. The above is from a photo of her on her sixteenth birthday party.
I am now back in harness, and hope to spend next week working on journal pages and doing a painting I promised two weeks ago. However, I am mindful of the old adage ‘the best laid plans of mice and men….’
Happy Paint Party Friday everyone.