Friday, 28 September 2012

There and back again

 I've just spend a couple of days with my father on the Isle of Wight and then I visited an old school friend and stayed with my my sister in Basingstoke on the way home.  I took no photographs and only made this one sketch whilst waiting for the ferry in Southampton.  Despite one the worse drives round the M25 in the storm on Monday I made good time and the sun was shining by the time I got there.  If you arrive early and there is space,  they will let you take an earlier ferry, but I was surprised that the ferry was full so I had to wait over an hour for the one I'd booked. It is not a very inspiring spot and I have photographed there before, being a regular visitor. Sitting in the car I only had other vehicles or the terminus buildings to look at, but I managed these four little doodle patterns for the Sketchbook Challenge on pattern.

Before going away I made a visit to The Stockwood Discovery Centre in Stockwood Park in Luton, our second and rather attractive museum. Armed with my with my camera and sketchbook I was on a pattern quest, but I ended up uninspired however I will share these pictures with you.  
The museum houses the Mossman Collection mainly of old modes of transport - many of which I have dusted when I voluteered at the museum just before it re-opened.

Plenty of different types of wheels to choose from.

A painted 'gypsy caravan' called a Burton Living Wagon

A horse-drawn Hearse

A grand carriage door-handle.

I was also taken by these two examples of embroidery...

a baby's linen cap and a pair of lady's riding gloves,
both 17th century I think, (the gloves definitely are)

However none of these things have inspired any sketchbook work.

My latest piece of patchwork for my C&G is a couple of attic window blocks.

I have added a padlock and key drawn and painted onto hand-dyed cotton and ironed on with Bondaweb.  Further work will be done to this at a later date.

Meanwhile I am building up to actually making a finished quilt to be assessed.  My first step is to review the work I have done so far, and what I have really enjoyed and/or felt I want to explore more. This is the crunch time for me, as I have hit my blind spot (rather mixed metaphors there).  I could easily flap about thinking "What shall I do? what shall I do?" and part of me is, but I am determined to follow the course step by step and hope I am led to a design I can make - my head is full of too many ideas, and none of them fully formed or practical. The brief is to make a quilt that demonstrates skill at 'piecing' and apart for some very open themes I can go in any direction I choose.
In reviewing my work, I realised that I had been strongly attracted by working with patterns (coinciding with the Sketchbook Challenge this month) and I enjoyed creating what I call broken pattern - a formal design which disintegrates is some way.

My drawings are often quite tight and detailed so this is a departure and hopefully a stepping stone in my creative journey.

Below is another page in my journal inspired by Gustav Klimt - all those triangles are rather attractive...

Before I go I would like to share these with you.  Shortly after I arrived home yesterday, Mr T called me to the window to see this magnificent full double rainbow. I rushed to get my camera, but as it was starting to rain I had to quickly snap off some shots.   Today I downloaded them and I thought I would enhance the saturation levels to really show off the colours that seemed so vivid yesterday.  I love the difference in colour above and below the rainbow.

I had tried to zoom in on the colours and when I was playing with this on the computer, just there, on on the right I could swear....

if I didn't know better...
I have photographed a flying saucer!

I do hope you have a dry weekend - I may be off again, if my new friends call in!!!


Jane Housham said...

Wow, yes, definitely a flying saucer!! The rainbows look amazing with the colours turned up. I wish real life could be saturated like Photoshop images. Your sketchbook pages look full of ideas.

menopausalmusing said...

JT phone home.............

Printed Material said...

Are you sure they're not filming a remake of the X Files in Luton.....?

Su said...

Was thinking it could be a sun dog but it looks much more like a flying saucer! The things you see hey?! Love the saturated images.

Clare Wassermann said...

That's so funny because we had flying saucers here the shape of out kitchen lights this week!!!!
Keep gng with the quilt ideas for a short amount of time and then maybe just you have to take the leap of faith! Xxx

Emma said...

I agree, persevere with your many thoughts, you've put such a lot of inspiring work in. I personally would love to go riding in those gloves!

I had a double ended rainbbow on the way to work the other day (no saucers!)made it much easier to go in!

Carol Hornby-Clements said...

Oh I love the rainbow photos and your sketch book too.


Linda said...

Your sketchbook pages are wonderful full of interest (I clicked for a closer look ;-)
And yep...that is definitely a UFO Call the Society and fill in a form....(I've done that).