Friday, 31 August 2018

Northside, Birsay


Northside, Birsay
size: 15.5 x 10cm (32 x 26.5cm including mount)
watercolour and pencil on watercolour paper

glittering sea, Birsay Bay


"Glittering sea, Birsay Bay"
size: 11 x 28cm ( 32.5 x 49.5 inc. frame)
oil pastel on card


light and shade, Eynhallow Sound


Light and shade, Eynhallow Sound
size: 13.5 x 33 cm (35 x 54cm inc. frame)
oil pastel on card

Thursday, 2 August 2018

across the lochs



across the lochs, Summer
size:15.5cm square (18cm square including wooden frame)
oil on ply

I did a painting. Fancy that, it's been a while. Hopefully I'll have more new art work to share here soon!

Friday, 13 July 2018

new greeting cards!


Just a quick post to say I have five new greeting card designs available to purchase through the gallery. They've been added to the website if you'd like to check them out: https://www.hoxatapestrygallery.co.uk/product-category/greetings-cards/  My cards are on the second page or alternatively you can sort the cards by "newness" so the newest greeting cards (both mine and my Mum's) appear first.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

more North Ronaldsay hand-dyed wool

Since my last post at the beginning of April I've been dyeing wool non stop! I'm absolutely thrilled that my hand-dyed yarn has been so well received, it's certainly keeping me busy. What started as a little side project has turned into an all-consuming activity! It's hard work (much more physical an activity than folk would expect) but very rewarding. It's a fun way to play with colour without having to worry about composition, quality of line, texture etc.

I haven't photographed all the colourways I've dyed over the last couple of months, but here's a sample of what I've been up to:

 Surf

Summer at Eastside

 Winter sunset

Sky and sand, Sand O' Wright

Hoxa heather

As much as I'm loving the hand-dyes I need to create a better work balance as I haven't had a chance to draw or paint over the last few months. I started a small oil painting well over a month ago and never got back to it. Hopefully I can set aside some time this month to sketch outdoors and gather new drawing ideas... and perhaps finish that painting!

Monday, 9 April 2018

North Ronaldsay hand-dyes

Last week I dyed my first batch of locally sourced yarn from North Ronaldsay, Orkney's most northerly island and famous for its seaweed-eating sheep.


It's a 2ply 100% wool in 100g hanks and similar to the 2ply Shetland wool I've dyed in that it's more like a fingering weight/4ply. It has a charming, hairy appearance and an almost lustrous sheen. So far I'm really enjoying working on this base and keen to keep a hank for myself!

Inganess

 Birsay

 January sky

Mirry dancers

Scapa Flow sunset

West Mainland

 Puffin riot

 Sand and pebbles