Monday, July 7, 2014

plate du jour

Faience plates are finicky. Its taken me years to figure out how to do it and even now this isn't perfect. But flaws are what make us human, so  a bump there and a errant brush stroke are only because I am so very flawed. Kinda like this plate. ))
I put a flower by this Sweet Pea plate to show the size which is just about 12 inches in diameter.

with a new cup. And the cup is pretty good sized too.
This one is different; rolled out without much trimming , a plate rustique.
(I'm using all these French terms because I've been watching a French Movie)
and its smaller, a plate for crème brulee or gauteu l'orange.

Have you seen the work of Danny Mansmith? He is a needle artist; and I think you should see what I received in the mail.....
a gorgeous bucket bag. He free stitiched over the black and white bird fabric, its like a heavy linen, added this tiny wreath medallion on the front , sturdy reliable and arty and expertly made.
It came wrapped like a gift from Pan too,

See? He has a shop;
and right now there are some very wonderful bags; one inparticular called Botanical
I wish someone would buy before I do. And you won't believe how reasonable his prices are.
My last news is that I have a new bedside lamp and I can read again before I sleep, and I started with
Borderland, by Robert Blythe. Little snippits of gold in the form of a Country Diary and the perfect thing to center oneself before sleep and so full of wisdom it fairly drips on the night table. Next I'm reading his "Wormingford" which is supposed to be his crowning achievement .
Hope you all are having a lovely summerxx

Saturday, May 31, 2014

open sesame

This is sort of what I saw when I opened the kiln this morning.

This too, an ode to flowering and blossoming~ I don't think I've painted so much on one piece ever!
I felt a little lost without my kiln.
I did a bit of decorating. Found a home for some enamelware.
ate a lot of vegetables
Took lots of beach walks and made a few decisions.
spent money that should have gone in the rolling table account
but phooey on that,
I couldn't resist such a proud cow and milkmaid.
But now the studio is humming along again and I feel better. Thanks for being so paitent!

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Well Garden Gals and Guys , I have added some trellises and done some garden reorganizing and have room for some new roses. This one, Climbing Eden, made the cut.
Looking for ideas I drove to this cottage a couple towns away. Her garden is so dreamy.
I've been thru that arbor and given a thorough tour of her garden but that was a few years ago, so I whisked around like a hummingbird and took a lot of pictures with the smell of roses so heavy it sort of  made me drowsy.
 I think that striped one might be rosa mundi.
I came home and started to paint  a lady with her prize hollyhock!
This one too. Belle of Portugal.
Here is a close up of Belle. Isn't she something? And grows well in California too.
Do you have a rose that is hardy and a favorite? Would be so interested to hear.
I'm waiting for my new kiln but will have a small listing tomorrow
I've got so many things to fire, I'm out of storage room!
I found this and decide to make another shadow box too. I'll find room........
xx julie

Animals who garden

Animals who garden
Donkey with green paw