I knit these a few months ago, after discovering that my cousin and his wife are expecting a baby (due in January). The baby shower was today, and now I can show them to you without ruining the surprise! The pattern is from the Purl Bee.
At the Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts on the island, where my brother's concert was last month, one of the former classrooms had been transformed by an artist into a recreation of a children's classroom as it would have been when the Island school was still in operation. It was so charming, and kind of surreal. Especially the kids' artwork hanging in the window.
I tend to wear mostly neutrals and muted tones, but often throw in a little touch of colour. I am especially drawn to mixed up rainbow multicoloured pieces like this scarf which I just bought for myself on etsy.
I picked up some new mineral specimens today from a rock shop in the Annex. Most of the ones in the front compartment are from this purchase. I needed a new specimen for the last painting I'm doing for the upcoming group exhibition at Narwhal Art Projects that I'll be participating in. And I stocked up on a few more for future pieces. It's pretty exciting to have a practical excuse to buy pretty rocks.
My Selbu mittens have been going well. I ended up designing my own chart and tweaking the pattern a bit. I found the perfect buttery soft baby alpaca to knit them with. They are coming along slowly, since I'm working on a few projects at once. I've set aside these mittens for now, to focus on some Christmas presents I have to finish knitting first. I finished my hat recently - after finishing it once and ripping it all out and doing it over again with smaller needles because it was too big. I'm glad I did that, though, because the second time it turned out perfect. I'll have to take a picture of myself in it soon to post here.
'This is an extreme closeup scan (2400 dpi) of a paint chip retrieved from the ruins of Belmont Art Park from a piture taken by Amy McKenzie earlier this year. The fragment is about 1cm thick, and appears to consist of about 150-200 layers of paint.'
Lately I have been looking at a lot of natural history illustrations, and scientific diagrams. I have become particularly obsessed with images of geological layers. I'm starting to play with some art ideas based on these images... it's kind of like a different perspective on the mineral subject matter of my little paintings - a much broader perspective without all the minute physical details. I want to try playing with some other media and to create something that is not necessarily photo-based. I have also been enjoying just looking at all the patches of colours mixed on my pallette through the process of doing my mineral paintings, and thinking how I'd like to play with those colours in a more direct way for a change, rather than manipulating them to the point of not seeing each colour for what it is. So, yeah... geological layers... layers of colours... umm... Ok, my first step now is to sharpen my pencil crayons. We'll see what happens....
On Friday, before the Halloween bunny madness, there was some other bunny action at my house. I had the privilege of helping Sonja do a photo shoot with her bunnies for a new project she's working on. It was super fun, and I'm looking forward to a second round next weekend! Luckily her bunnies are very photogenic, since I don't really know what I'm doing, photography-wise.
Our neighbours who live downstairs, Sandy and Mike, have a huge collection of bunny garden ornaments in the front yard. They dressed a bunch of them up as famous pop stars and staged a concert for Halloween. It was madness. Three stages, music, strobe lights... um... wow. They had been planning this since last Fall, and Mike had been decorating the bunnies since August. It was quite a spectacle.