Monday, August 31, 2009

The rainbow cardie is finally FINISHED! Just thought I'd let you all know I didn't let the darn thing get the better of me. I worked and worked on it and finally finished it off with some nice red buttons. I am so over making baby cardigans after this one. I think it will be a long time before I make another one. I am looking into making socks next. Anyone have any ideas as to where to get a crochet sock pattern?

There are also some yummy yarny things that I purchased the otherday. Lovely sock yarn, yummy crochet cotton size 10 in lovely navy, grey, cream and green. It's the same stuff I made the maroon doilies in so I know it will work well. I just can't wait to use the stuff!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The BossHoss Rock Berlin!

Last weekend Axel and I went to see the awesome 9 piece German cowboy band called The BossHoss who sound and act like they've come right out for Nashville but are actually from Berlin. They started off by doing country versions of famous pop and rock songs, some including Britney Spears, Toxic and The White Stripes, Seven Nation Army. They now have their own songs too which are pretty awesome. At the concert they had a 'suprise' for the audience, a 20ish piece brass and string section that added the most awesome tones and edge to their songs. If I could work out YouTube I'd love to post some video that I took on the night. Here are some photos from the night.

The BossHoss, oh how great they are in their hats and boots!

The original 2 man setup, Boss and Hoss, oh how sexy that Hoss is! I have a crush on him and I don't care that Axel knows hehehehehe.

The fans wearing all the essential gear!

And lastly Axel and I sitting out the long wait for the concert to start. Arrived at 4pm they didn't start until about 8ish. But it was all soooo worth the wait!!!!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Watery Women

This is a quick sketch of a bride and her moon cresent bear, inspired by one of the stories in 'Women who run with the Wolves', a book I mentioned in another post. In the story the woman's husband returns from war and is distant and angry. She goes to the local witch doctor for help and he tells her to get a hair from the chest of the moon cresent bear. In my drawing I see the moon cresent bear as a symbol for women's anger, agression and we sometimes become a bride to it. But just like a husband it can support us and help us grow if we know how to live with it.

Here is another version of the woman inside a woman image. I worked this one on quality water paper and really concentrated on layering washes of colour to achieve some depth.

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I know I am just layzing around dabbling in a bit or crochet and painting.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Working on Owl Woman

Please excuse the bad photography. The picture is much lighter than this in the white areas. I am working more losely with the watercolours at the moment, really enjoying working over sketches and layering washes.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Wise Owl

Latest watercolour of a woman in an owl mask. I think I would like to turn this into an oil painting with a langscape background. The eyes I love best, their haunting quality.

Here is the later sketch with landscape added. I will work on this image further and look at some older 15th centry paintings for inspiration. Here are some that I am looking at at the moment for ideas.

Leonardo Da Vinci, Ginevra

Hans Memling, Portrait of a Man

Leonardo Da Vinci, Mona Lisa

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Emotional Ties and Psychic Growth

This image of a woman/infant growing within an woman came about from an image I had when thinking about how much I miss my mother and how much I wish I could just curl up in her arms. The image and idea developed from that feeling into something that is not only about missing my mother but also about missing my conection to mother earth and nature in general. The woman inside could also be a new idea or project that is evolving and growing inside the woman's psyche. The hair is deliberately drawn to look like flowing water as well as hair. In some stories hair represents power. Water is symbolic of emotions. The women's hair is tangled to form a kind of umbilical cord. They nourish each other.
I have reworked the original image using photoshop making it look like a wood cut or lino cut, something I might like to turn it into in the future. Red is for blood, growth, blue is for watery emotions. It's a silvery blue so it also connects it to the moon, and the moon godesses knowing and power.