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Wednesday, 30 January 2013


For several years I have wanted to draw on computers.  For five weeks now I have been the proud owner of a little Google NEXUS pad and had tried to draw on a free app. OK ish!

But yesterday my better half gave me a stylus and here is my first attempt.
"Better half reading"

I am hooked = but off now to do some real drawing.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

art and Kraft?

marking, cutting and gluing

sealing and painting with acrylic

the first one,  about 40 x 40cm

detail of a smaller one

in progress, about 40 x 40cm
I am pleased with them so far. I am thinking of mounting them on a panel rather than framing them to keep their slightly irregular shape and display the material

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Saturday, 26 January 2013

sexy cardboard?

Wikipedia tells us that
Corrugated (also called pleated) paper was patented in England in 1856, and used as a liner for tall hats, but corrugated boxboard was not patented and used as a shipping material until December 20, 1871. The patent was issued to Albert Jones of New York City about it here

Some of my corrugated cardboard was damaged, exposing the corrugations, the internal skeleton.  I love this stuff, perhaps it is my architect's eye that enjoys the economy of structure and the great strength for so little weight. This was particularly nice stuff since it was composed of two layers of ridged paper of different pitch and running in different directions with an additional membrane separating them. A huge improvement in strength/lightness.

I wanted to cut into it, to expose it's core.......

what I found delighted me and I was busy for hours

so, with Stanley knife, PVA glues, acrylic gel and paint I  made lots of abstract reliefs which I will show you tomorrow

I think these two people,  from yesterday, were happy too?

charcoal and acrylic paint on card

Friday, 25 January 2013

be adaptable ...change is good for you?

back in the autumn, and after prolonged discussions over comfort and matters feng shui , a new sofa (self assembly of course) was delivered from

it is so very comfortable, geriatric knees can cope with exit and entrance 
and I can almost understand Flemish TV when ensconced in it


the HUGE cardboard crate was a bit of a problem
 I cut it up in tidy pieces to take in the car, later,  to be recycled

we stored it, pro temp, in the studio but it was an eyesore, it blocked the door,  until, coming home after a few weeks away I decided to paint on a few pieces, to loosen myself up


and then I thought .....

this is fun!

I will keep the card and use it ..... and I did (but you will have to wait for my next post!)

Monday, 21 January 2013

it's cosier indoors

A week of snow now ... the birds flock around the house looking for the food we put out.  Tits , sparrows, finches robins and lots of blackbirds

this little chap was sheltering from the falling snow, all puffed up for warmth and waiting for his turn at the table

A few minutes later I did these very quick little painted sketches from memory, acrylic with a big flat brush on A4 card

Lutje has posted pictures of the birds and the snow too; here and here

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

a slow start?

well...!   I said it would not be a journal.  Almost two weeks have flown since we decamped to Brussels. Two birthdays, one of them mine, have helped fill the time.  Just started painting again, more in my next post.  Mean while.......

Lutje and house guest A** went to the Zuidmarkt and bought olives and lamb and beautiful lemons from the Moroccan stalls.

I drew one lemon in my tiny book with Pentel brush pen and watercolour, the first drawing of the year, (I should be ashamed!)

 and then the other

meanwhile we found that both had friendly faces and Lutje made a portrait, see it here