19.04.2014, Art exhibition day two, obsessive compulsive scarf collector and the beauty of a cabbage leaf

Sat 19th April

Watercolour  exhibition,  day two

The Somme, a hundred years on, and the birds sing and there is such a feeling of peace and contentment. It’s difficult to visualise the carnage that happened here………………..

 

The Somme at peace

The Somme at peace

 

My grandfather, a coal miner from county Durham was gassed at Ypres, he was 32 when he died, old enough to have sired 3 children – my father being the middle one of the three; so many died long before they procreated, they were very much a part of a lost generation………………

I have moved into my new ‘art’ studio – there is a bit of confusion with where I am at any given moment, ‘in the studio’ can now mean at the front of the house – in my knitwear studio, or at the back of the house in my painting studio, a change of name is needed, suggestions welcome…………..

Holly snapped this photo of me trying the ‘studio’ out, being a ‘sun room’ it’s flooded with light, so much so that a sun hat is needed to counteract some of the glare.

 

The new studio

The new studio

 

I’m designing a set of baby clothes in Rowan fine lace, it’s quite a challenge as the yarn seems determined to slip off the needles (and not in a good way) at the slightest provocation , but I love the effect it produces, really soft and, well, lacy.

I want to knit Charlie and Holly’s baby an old fashioned layette, old fashioned only in name, naturally the designs themselves will be up to the minute ‘chic’. Once designed, Jan, Holly’s Mama, and I, shall get knitting, we think white or cream with just a hint of, blue? pink?, play safe, shale/ opal ? watch this space……………….

 

If anyone is still left in any doubt, I love colour, I can’t take the monochrome route no matter how hard I try. If it’s plain, then it must need colour, and colour I have aplenty in my scarves. I do try and thin them out, but I don’t try very hard, every scarf has a memory, a dear friend, a happy holiday, or special day out. I even have the scarf that my sister bought me with her first week’s wages over fifty years ago, it’s silk and has butterflies on it and I still love it and still wear it

 

A corner of my dressing room

A corner of my dressing room

Talking of colour, this really ‘blows my mind’, I have never asked my family what they think of me waxing lyrical over a cabbage leaf, mad Mama? Sweet old lady? Just humour her? I want to take all the shades of green from this and knit something glorious – probably for me…………….. but I still have the Rowan coat with the rose border to finish and the cross over cardigan with the duplicate stitch border and the fish coat to finish, and now I’m set up to paint I just have to paint those tulips and……….. and…………and………….

 

 

 

 

Cabbage leaf

Cabbage leaf

 

garden tulips

garden tulips

stunning what a colour combination

stunning what a colour combination

I’m writing this blog a day early, as tomorrow is Easter Sunday and after Church a traditional meal is planned with family and good friends. We shall eat at The Hall as there are so many of us, I’m cooking Gigot-en-croute, the lamb is tunnel boned and already stuffed with a mixture of apricots, onion, pine nuts and apples this afternoon I shall make the rough-puff pastry, cover the lamb and let it rest until tomorrow

Don’t forget the blog,  http://www.susancampbelldesigns.co.uk

more art next week

love Susan x

 

 

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