Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Happy Days

I love the fact now that I can get up every morning and head down stairs to my studio and not have to face the constant stream of traffic to drive to work, as I have for the past twenty years, it's bliss. Every day brings a new excitement, working on commissions, getting ready for our exhibition and creating new ideas and projects for teaching. I love it. I also have regular visits from my little art critic who joins me in the studio, she's now decided she wants to be an artist like Ro Ro when she grows up.



These are two pages from the commissioned journal. I used my embellishing machine and some hand stitching.


This piece was all hand stitched using my dyed fabrics, it will be stitched on to a painted canvas.



I taught a necklace workshop at home last Saturday, see previous post, I had six lovely students who all went home with completed necklaces. I forgot to take photos but Sabine sent me a photo of hers, it's magnificent. Sabine makes wonderful polymer clay beads and she added clay discs to the chains.


We had breakfast in one of our favourite cafes over the Easter break. I can never resist sketching while we have our coffee. This is a small section of a magnificent iron grill that sits in one of the many feature cut outs in the walls.


This is the grill, I see a stamp coming on.


This is another view inside the cafe, they also sell flowers.


After breakfast we walked along one of our favourite beaches, the bathing boxes always add some sunshine to an overcast day.

Back to the studio for more experiments, thanks for dropping by, it's much appreciated.









28 comments:

Joni James said...

Your fiber work is gorgeous. Love the photo of the bathing boxes too. I've never seen anything like that before. Nice blog!

Robin said...

your photos are fantastic..I love the fiber art pieces and the sketches...oh and those little houses..!your blog is inspiring..!

Elizabeth said...

Well your little Critic could not have a better role model!! What a lucky girl she is!!! Sabine's necklace is exquisite!!
I am so very happy for you that you ahve this opportunity to do all of your wonderful art work and to share it thru classes with the world!!! You are such a star!!!!!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Lovely stitching. Your student's necklace is a stunner!!! I would love to be in that class...the cafe is so charming and your sketch of that iron grille is fantastic, ah such talent. xox Corrine

JP said...

great pictures - I am saving my money to buy one of your journals - Iam enjoying following you on facebook - I am Janice Perkin

ju-north said...

Love your work and the little journey!

Terri Kahrs said...

Ro, your work always feeds my soul with wonderful color and inspiration! Your fiber work is getting better and more luscious with each piece. And the pic of the bathing boxes made me smile in delight! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Heather said...

Those journal pages are gorgeous - just full of fun, colour and sunshine. The necklace your student made is fabulous and I look forward to seeing how you use the stamp of that lovely iron grille. Those little beach huts are so pretty and make me think of holidays by the sea. I hope your young art critic has inherited your skills and will carry on the family tradition.

Denni said...

Oh, how I wish you lived on this side of the world! I would love to take one of your classes.
The journal is so beautiful and the necklace is stunning!
:)

Hoola Tallulah said...

WOW, so much colour and Sabines necklace actually made me drool a little - your sketches are wonderful, I'll bet your friends are mesmerised watching you sketch away as they sup coffee!

Bren said...

Truly inspiration is everywhere, love your sketchbook drawings.
Someone is going to be very happy with this wonderful journal you are creating.

Nic Hohn said...

Sounds like being a full time artist is agreeing with you Ro...good for you!

Nic Hohn said...

Sounds like being a full time artist is agreeing with you Ro...good for you!

Julia said...

I know how you feel, having worked from home now for a few years...It is Bliss!!...to take your time in the mornings, and feel like you could do anything your heart desires...xx..Cant wait for our exhibition, and am painting and stitching towards it...hoping I come up with some beautiful things that I am proud to show???...though dont feel confident I am there yet....xx...julia

Michelle said...

Gorgeous necklace! Love the bright colours.

Healing Woman said...

Your woven works are so textural, colorful and wonderful. The necklaces turned out super too. Yes, working in your home studio must be blissful after have to trek elsewhere each day. I relish every moment I have in mine.

Jan said...

visiting your blog is like having a shot of creativity injected into me. Everything is so lovely and inspiring.

Studio Sylvia said...

Your textile art is vibrant. I love the sketch of the grille Ro.

Papagodesign said...

You not only create the most fabulous artwork, but also frequent the most inspiring places. Please name them and give a Melway reference, so those of us who have been bogged down with other pursuits can follow in your footsteps. The window is absolutely devine.
With such a great teacher and fabulous environment it is a lot of fun creating a necklace, being fed and spoilt for a day. Hopefully my sewing skills will improve in my lifetime.
Thanks Ro,
Sabine

Papagodesign said...

You not only create the most fabulous artwork, but also frequent the most inspiring places. Please name them and give a Melway reference, so those of us who have been bogged down with other pursuits can follow in your footsteps. The window is absolutely devine.
With such a great teacher and fabulous environment it is a lot of fun creating a necklace, being fed and spoilt for a day. Hopefully my sewing skills will improve in my lifetime.
Thanks Ro,
Sabine

Sonja Milojevic said...

I love you work! Great colors! I wish I could come to one of your classes!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Ro,
How fabulous that you don't have to drive to work now-Yeah, more creative time in your studio.

Love your pieces and drawings from the cafe.
Happy Mothers Day,
Hugs,
Anna

azirca said...

That cafe looks fabulous, I'd love to have a coffee there with you one day :)

Emma said...

Fabulous, love that cafe & your work, great to see shapes & not be to shy to draw them. It's wonderful being your own boss...well, I am most of the time! Doesn't mean I'm imune to a bit of procrastination sometimes ;)

sue said...

Ro I love the way that your students take what you teach them and just run with it - what a gorgeous necklace. I see your work evolving all the time and it is wonderful that you can dedicate so much more time to your art now - without the bestly traffic!
x
sue

Parabolic Muse said...

Ro!! That necklace! So amazing. I think the colors and textures in your work just wakes a person up and is the epitome of inspiration. I wish I lived near you and could go to classes and then maybe zip over to your studio and hide things in my bag.

that probably came out badly, but you know what I mean.

Congrats on your non-commute!

Julie said...

I was scrolling through my favourite blogs in Google Reader and was stopped in my tracks by your beautifully colourful and lively journal pages. I love the colourful beach huts (as we call them here in the UK) too.

grrl + dog said...

mm..

embellisher machine you say?

How lovely.
The easter break was a big stretch of calm and quiet...lots of space to do .