Every time I come across an artist whose work really speaks to me and when I do I just want to tell everybody about it! Of course, art is something very personal and not everybody appreciates the same thing – thank goodness – so I don’t expect you all to share my love of Betsy Walton’s work.
Why do I like it so much? Well I LOVE her vibrant use of colour! I think also I see patterns and shapes in her work which I also like to use a lot, so it feels like we speak in the same ‘words’. I feel that her work is very personal – I can’t imagine it being accidentally identified as being made by anybody else. That to me is very important in my own work. A lot of art I see I just don’t ‘get’ – I have absolutely no idea of what the artist was thinking or feeling when they did it – but with Betsy’s work I feel like I understand what she was feeling at the time when she produced it. Actually that sounds very presumptious. Maybe what I mean is that her work makes me feel something. Or that it speaks to me. Art is open to the viewer’s own interpretation.
Anyway, enough of words. It’s better to see her actual images, otherwise she might as well have just written it all down instead of painted it!
I’ve been busy busy busy over the past couple of months spending every spare second I have drawing my first colouring in book!
I’m REALLY excited about having it finished in time for Christmas… a perfect present for anyone who has joined in the colouring in craze. Here’s a peek at part of the cover…
My new, exciting colouring in book!
I really have to thank all my followers on Facebook who have prodded me into doing this. It all stemmed from my ‘doodle-a-day’ project which was inspired by the lovely Emily Kidson who I met earlier this year. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for over 20 years but never had the confidence to. I’ve been overwhelmed by the amazing positive response I’ve had to it so far – and I haven’t even picked it up from the printers yet!
Please email me on email@example.com for pre-orders. They will also be listed on my Etsy shop (re-opening asap especially!). I am picking the first batch up from the printers this week but it’s already becoming clear that I need to order more!
Here is a link to my latest newsletter where you can find details of all the shows I am taking part in on the run up to Christmas as well as details of my new wrapping paper.
Fun has certainly been had over the past year… add on exhaustion and a lot of tears (from everyone in our house!) and all that is a recipe for the fastest year in my life. My little girl will be a whole year old next week and I am getting a tiny little bit of time each week for a bit of non-baby related creativity.
I have started attempting to do a ‘doodle a day’… which is surprisingly harder to do than I thought! I will post some of the doodles I’ve done over the past couple of weeks very soon, but THIS is a picture of what my little bundle of fun has turned into:
Well, things have changed rather a lot since my last post way way back in May.
My latest creation is a very noisy one, also very waggly and squirmy and is so time consuming that she’s the only creation I have time for these days! Her name is Alba-Lily and she is an absolute delight. She was born on August 12th peacefully at home in a water pool and life will never be the same again!!!
Over Easter this year we had a family of 5 staying with us – the weather turned nasty on the Sunday so what better way to spend the time than to run a wire and mixed media workshop?! We had been to the beach the day before and had collected up lots of goodies to use, which we tipped into big bowls in the middle of the table which everybody dipped into. Ages ranged from 7 to 50 and there were 7 of us altogether. The following pictures are what they made in under 2 hours – I’m pretty impressed by the variety, imagination and inventiveness!
Made by Ruby, aged 7, using wire, beach plastic, corks, bottle caps and found ribbon.
Made by Amber. Made from wire, drift wood, plastic bits and bobs from the beach.
Made by Meg, aged 12. Made from wire, corks, rusty washers from the road, plastic from the beach and other found bits and bobs.
Made by me out of wire, fishing line from the beach and uncut glasses lenses from my local scrap store.
Made by Rob, out of plastic found on the beach and wire.
Made by Peter, aged 50, out of a piece of random carved wood and wire.