A Drawing of Libby 
This afternoon I started working on a drawing of a friend's little dog Libby. I think I have captured her pensive look. It is a long way from finished as yet but I have made a good start I think. I offered to draw Libby with the idea that if the drawing works well I might get the odd commission to draw other people's pets. If any of you out there would like drawing of your pet do e-mail me a good photograph to work with or contact me through the blog. I would like to hear from some of you who are looking at my blog. Aren't I doing well with my resolution to post at least one image a day......hope it lasts!



Progress on Anna's tapestry 


I have started working on the second section of Harriet's face.

McLaren Falls 
On the way home from Tauranga yesterday we stopped by the McLaren Falls. This is an amazing place, very inspirational.



A Day away from Home and Studio 
My friends Maxine, Craig and Maxine's Mum Maureen have been staying with me for the last few days and today we took a drive over to Tauranga. We had a lovely day, visited the Tauranga Art Gallery where we saw a great exhibition of paintings - Modern Fables - by Ray Ching. Awesome works. I took Maxine to see the Baycourt tapestries which were woven by myself and Jill Kobayashi almost thirty years ago. They are still in good condition. We then drove over to the Mount and had a walk along Pilot Bay and the Ocean Beach and on the way home stopped at the McLaren Falls. Took heaps of photo's of the lovely rocks and falling water there.

Here is Maxine in front of the Mount.



Bird Bath 
A wee while back I went to Mitre 10 Garden place to buy plants and came home with a bird bath for my garden instead of plants. It is right outside my studio window and I get a lot of pleasure by watching the birds enjoy their baths. Here is a baby blackbird wanting a swim but not too game to get into the water.



I have had a lot of baby birds around my place and it is a joy to watch them. One ventured inside one day and got stuck in the shelf by the front door and didn't know how to get out of it, so I had to catch it and put it outside. Next day he somehow got locked in the garage overnight and had to be rescued again! They are so funny!

Grasses 
This morning I was sitting outside in the sun eating my breakfast and getting my dose of Vitamin D for the day, when I noticed the sun catching the waterdrops on the grasses of the lawn. The sun was reflecting wonderful colours and I tried to capture that with my camera.



I did capture the water drops, but unfortunately the camera could not see the colours. Disappointing! But it is a lovely image anyway and I do love capturing the small details that we often miss in our busy lives.

Storm clouds over Hamilton 
I really like the clouds here in Hamilton. They are quite different from the clouds in Christchurch where they are mostly lenticular and not the huge fluffy cumulus that we get here. Here is an image of storm clouds over Hamilton a few weeks ago. The beginnings of a thunder storm which are common in the summer.



Designing. 
Lately I have been working on some concepts for a potential tapestry commission.



Progress on the finishings of the Cloak Form 
I have been working on the finishings of this wee tapestry in the evenings while watching the television - if there is anything of interest to watch. Tonight a good movie was on on TV1 - The Reader.

It is quite a long job to darn in all the threads in the back of a tapestry, even a small one and I don't often do that, but decided to in this case as I don't want a lot of bulk on the inside of the form once it is manipulated into its cloak shape.



Starting Harriet - detail 


I am now working on the last portrait in the 'Three Girls' tapestry, so I am on the last lap with this work. Still a lot of work to do though, before it is finally completed. I try to work for at least three hours a day and sometimes more on this tapestry which is the major work at the moment, but as a balance for my body, I need to take regular breaks from weaving and do other things in between the weaving sessions. Even working on a different tapestry, such as the leaf forms on a frame, helps to balance the effect on the body as I think different muscles etc are used on different works. Drawing, painting and designing are also done in between weaving sessions, so I keep busy all day. And of course, teaching tapestry and drawing also takes my time when I have a student staying.


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