Coming down out of the freezing sky with its depths of light, like an angel, or a Buddha with wings, it was beautiful, and accurate, striking the snow and whatever was there with a force that left the imprint of the tips of its wings — five feet apart — and the grabbing thrust of its feet, and the indentation of what had been running through the white valleys of the snow — and then it rose, gracefully, and flew back to the frozen marshes to lurk there, like a little lighthouse, in the blue shadows — so I thought: maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us — as soft as feathers — that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking, and shut our eyes, not without amazement, and let ourselves be carried, as through the translucence of mica, to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow, that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light — in which we are washed and washed out of our bones. Author

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Left of Center..........New Challenge

Today's canvas is a design team make for the wonderful team over at Left of Center Creative Challenges. A new challenge is just about to begin and will run for the next week. The theme for this week is to use a stencil. As always you have the choice of going LOC. For all details about that..please check out the LOC blog.
 We are so lucky to have been sponsored for this challenge by the fabulous team over at Morgans Artworld.

As soon as I saw the image that I've used..I knew that it was the one. I loved the amount of detail that was in the image and it took me a while to work out how the heck I was going to use a stencil with it. This is always my problem..I pick the image first and then have to work out how I'm going to fit it in with the theme. As I sat looking at this image, I thought that it would be nice to make it look as if we were looking at her through a I decided to make the edges of the canvas as if it were a stone wall. I made some texture paste and stencilled it through a stone look stencil, I let that dry and then painted it with my acrylics. I added the image to the center..I had coloured that with a mixture of my promarkers and my watercolours. A strange mix I know but for all the stone work in the image, I wanted a watercolour look. I finally added die cut leaves which I had also coloured with my watercolours. I'm sorry that my watermark is across her face but the image was just so detailed I needed to protect the image.

It's still hot here in the mountains..we have had odd showers but that's about it..I would still love a bit of a breeze. I have always been an autumn/winter person. I love it when there is frost in the air..even when I was a child I felt the same..All the cats have gone out again..they really don't know what to do with themselves..they pop back every half an hour or so..have a little nibble of their food and then disappear out again.

As most of you know, my friend Sparkle is not keen on the Well he came in laughing the other day. He had put his shorts on because it was just so hot and was headed off in his car to the net village. As he was driving a sparkle caught his eye and lo and behold he had a piece of glitter on his I wouldn't mind but it has been quite a while since my glitter had been out. I've come to the conclusion that the glitter must be in the air in the

Well the coffee is calling and thank goodness I've now got some. I had just got to the point that I was getting a no caffeine headache when my friend arrived with a large jar. Happiness reigned and a couple of coffees later, I was back on form. I've lots of work to I'm off to have a coffee and then begin. My watercolours are ready to go. So until Monday...take care and happy crafting.

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