Me, Myself, I

“When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves.”  Eda LeShan

Sometimes I love being on my own. Listening to my music, reading, creating, going for walks but just occasionally I am troubled with my own company – my overactive mind tries to pull me into negative thought processes and it becomes a battle to be my normal happy, sunny self.

A few weeks ago I woke up alone in the house ,my boys were both staying away, and there were those negative thoughts…doing their best to make me think that my day would be a challenge.

No! Not so. Not having it.

 I thought what would make me happy?

The answer was instantaneous. The sea.

It was a rainy, blustery day but I got my waterproof, packed my rucksack with a flask and some bits to eat, and got in the car and drove.
I arrived in Lytham St.Annes about an hour later to the promise of blue skies and the smell of sea air.

I sat on a bench and just gazed out to sea. There it was. Contentment.
Call it what you will.
I was still on my own but now with a sense of freedom and adventure.

I walked along the promenade, past the delightful 18 hole mini golf course, and in the distance could see what I initially thought was a kite, but which in fact, turned out to be a kite surfer!
Impressive.
I bet he hadn’t wallowed in his bed for half an hour before he got up, I bet he was just out there thinking Wheeeeeee!!!! It’s Saturday. Time alone. Time for me.

The sun decided to come out.
Bonus.

I walked along the beach and here is what I saw: the pier

and then past the pier and in the distance flecks of movement in the sky… (click  to enlarge)

not just one but a whole host of kite surfers (I wonder what the collective term would be?)

they were mesmerising and it absolutely made my day.

I ended up sitting on the dunes,watching, in awe.

then walked back along the beach and walked to the end of the pier.

I had such a lovely time. I should do it again…soon.
 

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

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Inspiration Book

 As well as having my cork wall I have several sketchbooks and folders which contain images I love. Pictures torn from magazines, of interiors, other artist’s work, landscapes – anything really that catches my eye.

 Some months ago I noticed that Christine from the blog A Mermaid’s Tale, was on my followers list.
I had a look at her blog and shop and realised that pictures of her work, saved from a magazine, were in one of my inspiration sketchbooks. I loved her style and thought that her work was really beautiful.
I felt honoured that someone whose work I had admired for so long was following my blog.

 

These are some of the pages that lead on from her images with some of my samples.

Wishing you every success Christine with your new adventures.

Looking forward to heading to the…

We will be heading to the coast of Wales in a few days.
I’m looking forward to family time, walks on the beach, the sea breeze and a change of scenery.
I feel the need to catch my breath and be somewhere completely different just for a few days.
P.S. All three of my artworks were selected for the ‘Art In the Garden’ exhibition.
Still doing my life drawing. I  now nearly have enough work for a solo show.
Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me or left a positive comment.
I’m off to get my toes wet 🙂

Ocean

Here are my musings so far on “Ocean”. Still loads more ideas to get down, but so glad that I’m finding use for my washed up by the sea pottery as mentioned in this post.
Hope everyone has had a great weekend x

More seaside lovlies

These dogs on the beach were having such a fantastic time, I couldn’t resist taking some pictures.
Beautiful, beautiful views…
 
Gorgeous washed out wooden steps leading up to a chalet which must have amazing views of the sea.
We have booked to stay in one of these for a week next year – can’t wait.

Washed Up Old Relics

I love my postman (not literally). He is so kind and helpful, and goes out of his way to get any parcels to me.
Todays goodies consisted of these beautiful ocean smoothed pottery pieces, washed up in  the ‘Cromarty Shipping Forecast Area’,well worn by the sands and seas of the North East coast of Scotland. I have never been to Cromarty, but I have been to the Isle of Skye. The above picture was taken seven years ago, and
you can see how beautiful and wild this particular beach was. I would love to spend more time by the sea.

 I love the fact that these little pieces have been collected by a couple as they are walking along the beach near their home. I love the history attached to them – where are they from, what’s their story?
 I picked one up to show my husband, “Just look at it,” I said to my husband, “it symbolises everything I love about skybluesea,” I was feeling particularly poetic today.
” a washed up relic,”, was his reply. Ha ha, aren’t we the funny one.
I picked one that I think will look lovely on my textile piece. It’s almost like a ceramic version of my painted fabric. I am trying not to buy any new fabrics, and instead want to try and use up the ones I have (even the really horrible ones, which this was, but I painted over it so you can only see glimpses of it).
It’s nearly finished, I just need to decide how to display it – I need a lovely old frame, or maybe I will stretch it over something instead.
Mr.Postman also brought me this, a ‘new with tags’ organic cotton tee from good old Ebay. It reads:
“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will fill it”. How very apt for me at the moment.
Have a lovely weekend.