Introducing George to the joys of textiles and yarns 

Jenna brought wee George around to my place today and didn't he have a lot of fun discovering the joys of playing with yarns. There are a lot of fun things to play with at Great Granny's house.

More progress is made. 

More progress has been made on the tapestry, but it is rather slow going as there are so many subtle colour changes in Harriet's face that I have had to unpick here and there before I was happy with it.

I have made some progress on Harriet's portrait today, having finished the eye and now I need to work in the mouth area and build that up I was a bit concerned initially that I wasn't capturing her likeness, but when I look at the tapestry with my head tilted to the side I see that I have. The colour blending is quite difficult to get right and quite a bit of it has come out and been rewoven a second time.

An interesting Water Photograph 
Yesterday I was walking around town, going to the library, and wandered into the Art Museum on my way. Of course I had my camera with me and here is one of the photographs.

I really love grids, and was fascinated by this grid formation at the bottom of the pool and waterfall at the entrance to the Art Museum. A lovely distorted grid!

The eye is woven 

Reverse Tapestry 
This morning I was working on weaving the eye and eybrow section of Harriet's portrait and it wasn't going well at all, so I spent a good ten minutes unpicking what I had just woven and started again. You can see the crinkly threads from a section that was woven yesterday.

I am much happier with how it is looking now. I will be working on the eye proper tomorrow.

The drawing of Libby..... 

Market Day 
Today I went for a walk into Hamilton East shops and saw that it was Market Day. As I wandered around the stalls I talk a number of photographs as resource material for a series that I have in mind to work on in the future. Here is one of the images.


Portrait of a Grandson 
This painting was made a bit over a year ago and is of my grandson Connor. I have been painting since I was a child, but when I started to weave tapestries in the early 1980's tapestry took over and I have only recently over the last three or four years started to paint with acrylics again. I am struggling a wee bit with the techniques of acrylic paint and am thinking to have a go again with oils. I did my first oil painting at the age of 13 - many many years ago. I do think I enjoy the process of tapestry more than the process of painting, but drawing has always been fun for me and I have always kept that skill going all my life.

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