Sunday, October 10, 2010

Here I am!!

Yes I'm back! After hiding in the cupboard under the stairs all this time I have decided to come on out and join the blogging party once again! Sorry I have been gone so long, I cannot believe that I have not been on here since July, I dont know why, no real excuses and I am ashamed to say that I have not really looked around blog land either so have not seen what all my lovely bloggy friends have been up to. But I spent yesterday catching up with all your doings and boy you have been busy and doing some exciting stuff!!!!
Well what have I been up to? I left off just before the Homespun Fair which was a great success, a lovely day with lots of customers but my favourite bit as usual was chatting to all my lovely fellow stall holders, it is always so nice to see you all and I am always sad that we do not have more time to just sit and natter!
You may have noticed that Gertie and I are organising a little Homespun between Christmas and New Year, it will be just for the afternoon and we are looking for stall holders so if you might be interested pop over to the Homespun blog to find out more.

Daisy spent most of her summer on the new bird table.

We had a busy summer but found time to get out and about. We decided that we would visit a garden each weekend who took part in the National Garden Scheme for charity and we went to some wonderful places that you would not normally be able to see and its a wonderful way of nosing round peoples gardens and houses and of course they always serve cake which is always a bonus! Here are just a few pics of some of the marvelous gardens we went to, I can recommend it as a summer past time.





Went to many car boot sales finding things for Christines shop, always an enjoyable past time.



A lady who came on one of my courses gave me these lovely price tickets, I just love the 'correct fashion' wonder what that was?

Recently I found these, a lovely old dolls pram and a sweet cot with a wonderful mattress, dont you just love the pics of the old toys?
But mainly this summer I have been trying to 'Focus' on my painting. I love to do so many things and it has been hard for me to really get on with anything of late as I keep side tracking myself into other projects. But we all know what happens when we spread ourselves to thin, nothing seems to get going so I have tried very hard to push all my other ideas aside and just paint and it has been wonderful! I am playing around with a few new techniques and researching American Folk Art and Naive painting which has been a bit of a passion for me for a number of years, trying to bring some of these qualities into my work. Its not everyones cup of tea I know and will maybe have a limited appeal but I feel like I need to follow my heart on this and not just do what I think people will buy. And I am glad to say that I have been selling a few pieces this summer in a gallery nearby and am hoping to be taken on by a few others soon, so wish me luck on that.
Here are a couple of paintings, the first is my more 'what sells' style, second one of my new pieces, quite large for me at 3 ft x 2 ft but I enjoyed every brush stroke! Its called "Reaching out" and its all about saying sorry and rekindling love and friendship. Much as I am hoping to rekindle my friendships with you all after being away so long, Sorry!


And there will be a give away on the next post, which wont be to long away this time!

19 comments:

MelMel said...

Nice to have you back!
Great post, love the tickets!xxx

Autumn Mist said...

Welcome back, you've been missed. And you've been busy, I see. The two paintings are absolutely beautiful. I totally agree, you've got to go with what's in your heart, not always what you think will sell, otherwise it begins to stifle your own individual style and creativity. Keep it up!

Micki said...

Great to see you back and I am loving your new paintings!!

Micki x

Joan said...

Love your art and all..and love that cat in the bird table!!

funkymonkey said...

Lovely to see you back. Sometimes you need a little break from blogging and to do something else instead, especially during the summer months.

Tracey

ted and bunny said...

lovely to read your blog again and look at the photos...welcome back!
xx

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Lovely blog, where is the garden with the beautiful sea view?
Great paintings.
Tracey

jane and the happy crow said...

The lovely garden with the sea view is at Lamorna Cove, south Cornwall.

A Time to Dance said...

Hurray hurray hurray my pal is back I love to read about your adventures and I love your paintings....I have missed you we must catch up soon when is a good time for me to ring....

Cowboys and Custard said...

Well it was worth the wait...
Classic cat behaviour to squat in a birdhouse! Love it!!
It takes time to be a master of your craft and you have spent your blogging sabbatical well.. Lovely work Jane. You are a clever sausage!

Michele xx

a mermaids purse said...

i missed your postings- your art is really charming...you look like you've had some wonderful trips- love your cat relaxing hehe x
lovely treasures as always too x
best wishes,
kazzy ;0)

Sharon said...

Jane,

I discovered your blog tonight and it is beautiful! I am pretty new to the blogging world but invite you to visit when you have some time to spare.

Carolee said...

Glad you're back, and your new paintings are just wonderful! :)

♥ Carolee

hensteeth said...

Really good to read your post Jane and all the gorgeousness contained therein. xxx

Anonymous said...

Love your paiting style. Good Luck with that.

The Vintage Bazaar said...

Lovely to have you back and blogging! Lizzie x

Chrissie said...

Lovely post. Having 'price-tag envy' though!

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