A selection of my floral painted hearts

Making air dried clay hearts is a wonderful creative pastime. Airdrying clay is widely available from craft and art stores. I’m experimenting at the moment with different brands, but primarily they all work out the same.  Here is a step by step of how I make my art decoration hearts.

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Sweeping away the old year to welcome in the new year

Bringing in the new year of 2020 was a welcome hope for the future, not least because the entire Christmas period was a comatose blur under the influence of the dreaded flu bug!

All new years begin with hopes and dreams, and after the last year of sad loss and so many hospital visits that I’ve lost count, the hope of the sun shining on our lives is even greater.

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Scientific art painting by Rosemarie on show at Cynon Valley Museum
I’m delighted that four of my microscope paintings were selected to be in the Winter Exhibition 2019 in the Gallery at Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, South Wales.

The exhibition ran from December 6th to 23rd, and feedback relayed to me from the general public was so uplifting, with a request to provide prints for sale of the original pieces.

It is always a morale boost to have such positive feedback, particularly when so much other stuff has been going on in my life that my passion to paint had to be temporarily put to one side. 
 
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Rosemarie's table set up at Nelson,s Local Craft Market, South Wales

Nelson Village, South Wales held their first Craft Market for local small businesses at the Community Centre

While I’m reluctant to start booking at fairs again, I decided I would attend and support this one in my home village for two reasons:


1.  It is the first to establish local small businesses, and support means it has a better chance of being successful all round in the future, and

2.  It is local, and a great way to get to know more local people and vice versa, they get to know me and what I do.

As it has been quite a few years since I took part in a market, there was quite a bit of preparation involved in getting ready, from making sure I had plenty of business cards to hand out, to having a good selection of smaller works for display. My good sturdy print rack came in handy for flicking through art prints because the table was not huge, but I think I managed to display everything well enough which included:-

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Painting, The Window, blue arches leading to a stained glass window

Trust is the Theme for the 2019 DAC Touring Art Exhibition
I’m thrilled that my painting “The Window” has been selected to go on tour alongside other artists work for the themed “Trust” Art Exhibition this year of DAC, Disability Arts Cymru

The painting I decided to submit, “The Window” just seemed to jump out to be put forward because of the difficult times we have had this year, losing my lovely Mum In Law.  I painted this a few years back based on the internal architecture of Pershore Abbey near my parents’ home. I loved the arches and the way the light was falling between the pillars and coming through the window, so accentuated them to portray my own sense of what spirituality is, and the trust that through a “window” we carry on into a next life.

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Selection of hand crafted and painted clay hearts

I’m really enjoying the physical aspect of making my own clay hearts. It gives me the freedom to choose my own shapes and sizes, and I can say that I’ve made them literally from start to finish. I’m using air dry clay and it has been a challenge to roll the clay smooth enough to make a good painting surface for detail work. I also wanted the hearts to be delicate and thin rather than thick and chunky, which posed a challenge to stop them curling at the edges while they were drying, so they were turned over regularly and kept from drying too quickly. When they are dry, even though they are thin, they are surprisingly tough.

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Art Doodle Sketches of illness and challenges

The simple act of art doodling in a sketchbook can be very therapeutic. Sometimes pictures convey emotions more than words can.

Where does the time go when life just takes over? January disappeared into the ether while I lay comatose under the duvet suffering from flu. February threw curve balls left, right and centre.

Rushed hospital visits, tests and scans, not all mine, but family too. It really wakes you up from dreamily going through life. There is a saying that when life throws lemons at you, make lemonade. But sometimes, making lemonade is extremely difficult. Playing ball is difficult too!

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Artist cartoon doodle celebrating new year 2019

 

The last several months of 2018 have been challenging. My health confined me, and for a while it was comforting to rest up and recuperate. It’s difficult, well almost impossible to be inspired when I’m feeling ill and in pain. But I am beginning to feel more able now, and no longer wish to be in confinement. It is time to throw back the curtains and once again say “Hello World!”

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