1.2015 calendar Cover_flattened_CMYKI thought I’d do a proper ‘ta-da!’ post about the calendar I have designed for this coming year 2015.

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I had so much fun painting images to use to represent each month, using colours that remind me of those months.

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I’m a real stickler for buying a calendar with a week that begins with a Monday (unlike European calendars which begin with Sunday). I like to be able to see the week grouped together and the weekend days adjacent rather than split from the front of the week to the back.

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So I had begun to look at 2015 calendars in the shop when the idea hit me that I could design exactly what I wanted.

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The painting part is always fun. The WHOLE week I spent on the computer piecing it all together was only fun for a few days though!

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But it was worth it – it always amazes me when something that you design on a computer gets printed and becomes a real 3D object.

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It’s £12.00 and you can find it and all the details here in my Etsy shop which is ClaireLeggettArt. 
Or come along to tomorrows Moseley market and save on the postage ;)

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Digging through my holiday photos, I found this one of the socks I knitted whilst in Italy. I couldn’t do the last row and cast off without the internet to watch The Knit Witch demonstrate Kitchener Stitch, so that had to wait till we got home.

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I thought it time to get a model and photograph them in their finished state and someone else decided she wanted to be in on it too.

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Lottie usually hates the camera – this is the longest she’s stayed in a shot – typical when that’s not the intention!

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So back to the socks –  the yarn is Gloria Cannan and was nice to knit up although I’m not a fan of a 100% acrylic finish.

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So back to Lottie because she’s far cuter than the socks anyway :)

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Astrid Trügg    On a Chest of Drawers

I thought I’d share the work of Astrid Trügg with you today.

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Astrid Trügg    Stacked Bowls

Astrid is a painter originally from the Netherlands but now lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Astrid Trügg    Late Afternoon

She used to focus her painting on architecture but developed a love of still life after discovering the work of Ben Nicholson.

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Astrid Trügg    Pomegrantes

The influence is clear to see with a love of scumbled surfaces and flattened planes of composition.

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Astrid Trügg    Gathering of Objects

The same love of texture can be seen in her mixed media collage approach.

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Astrid Trügg     Still Life and Blue Cloth

She often re-uses favourite objects and motifs in her work as they have a strong personal attachment for her.

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Astrid Trügg    Lemon and Stripy Jug

I love the moody quality she creates with a dark background and hilighted areas on the objects.

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Astrid Trügg    In a Tin

And I like her muted colour palette with pops of turquoise, indigo and yellow.

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Astrid Trügg    Preparations

Hope you enjoy it too. You can buy her work here.

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 Oh it’s cold and windy outside but my poor old battered wigwam of sweet peas is just hanging on at a 45 degree angle.

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 These have got to be the last few flowers for this season.

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 But I’m putting all this bleak weather and washed out colour to some use as inspiration for a colour palette.

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I’m just popping in today to enthuse about my fabulous weekend doing Patterncamp with Jessica Swift. If you don’t know her work then she’s a very talented pattern designer from the US who delivered a live course this weekend on designing patterns.There were loads of videos explaining the basics and beyond, on hand help in real-time to answer queries and solve all the inevitable glitches and a live video check in to address even more questions – it was fun and full on.

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The main grab for me was learning to pattern design using the software Illustrator. I’ve dipped in it from time to time and got more frustrated rather than more able – so I knew I needed a tutorial. The other piece of equipment languishing away unused is my Wacom tablet. So when I read about this course delivering video lessons on both things, I was sold straight away.

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And it delivered on all counts and way more –  my head is hanging to one side today because it’s pounds heavier now it’s full of new information! Doing it live meant staying up till midnight both nights but it was worth it to take part in the live chat on Facebook and Spreecast. All round a lot of fun and highly recommendable.

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The other class I bought in January is Print Make Play by Alisa Burke

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When you aren’t in classes learning everyday, or working alongside another artists, it becomes really easy to get stuck in your own groove. This course has been great for refreshing my poor old memory of the vast array of printing techniques there are.

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I let loose with a rubber and some sponge and an old credit card and made some shapes inspired by these Italian boathouses in Monterosso.

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One of the shapes that snuck in there was inspired by the drain covering – but it wasn’t picturesque enough to show you!

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You don’t know what you’re going to get when you experiment – printing especially dictates it’s out outcome. After a little PS’ing the shapes were becoming patterns.

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The colour palette for this collection was easy – the watery greens of mosaic tiles and the changing tones of the sea.

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The weather was full of Italian passion some days; changing rapidly when rain threatened   – but it made for sunny/moody photo’s like this one which I like.

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I called the collection of patterns Boathouse because drain cover really doesn’t conjure the allure I’m after!

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Back at the beginning of the year when she was selling her online courses cheap for 2014, I bought into Layers Of Love by Alisa Burke.

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It looked like it would inspire me on those days when one needs a little pep up for the artistic spirit – and it has not disappointed.

She does all kinds of cool things with junk and rubbish as well as art techniques I forgot about and sometimes there’s funky music with the video – that’s helped me get my groove on!

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These pieces came about on such a day as this, when I wasn’t really feeling it. I watched a segment and thought I’d just potter off and have a play layering some paint and making surfaces with whatever came to hand.

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Turns out I had fluro green on my mind which soon evolved into something tropical.

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I got a bit more controlled at this point and thought about what images I wanted to add to keep the theme the colours had suggested.

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There was a lot of going back and forth, adding another flamingo and toning down some colour with a wash of white, and I ended up with four fun little pieces out of a day that might not have counted without the lessons to inspire.

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© Claire Leggett Tropical Flamingos

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© Claire Leggett Tropical Peacock

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© Claire Leggett Tropical Butterflies

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© Claire Leggett Tropical Flamingos

It's open!

I’ve finally done it! Opened my Etsy shop good and proper :)

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It’s only taken me since Nov 2009 but here it is actually full of products to buy; Greetings Cards, Fine Art Giclee prints, painted notebooks, a couple of original paintings and my new 2015 calendar.

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Like all these things, once you’ve done them, you wonder why it took so long in the first place but it has been a long journey learning how to get things done and then doing them!

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It’s called ClaireLeggettArt (all one word) and the link is www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClaireLeggettArt if you’d like to come and visit, you’re most welcome.

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It’s Moseley Art Market this coming Saturday and amongst the usual range of cards, paintings and prints,

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there will be some limited edition hand-painted boxes and …

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if the printer delivers by tomorrow then there could be 2015 calendars too :)

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Over the last few weeks I have been using my Italian holiday photo’s for pattern inspiration.

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Studying holiday photo’s is a great way to re-live a holiday.

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First you examine why certain places, colours, paintings or cultural details inspire you to take the photo in the first place and then soon after the design prompt can be found again.

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I looked up at a lot of ceilings during my week in Florence. Italians used to recline on a dais on the floor and so the ceiling was the most decorative feature of a room. Luckily for us we have iPhone reverse direction mode and so can photograph the ceiling without getting a crick in the neck!

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These ceilings were from the Medici Palace and as soon as I looked up, I could see a repeat pattern calling out for development.

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As I played around with drawings and tracings, I began to see which elements to keep.

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The colouring came from generally soaking in all the colours I’d seen around me – I have quite a strong colour memory and often remember the colours of a place more than the details of names and places – not usually a useful quirk to have!

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There was a lot of faded distemper, crumbling concrete, exposed brick, terracotta rendered house walls teamed with turquoise shutters or a painted door; the wall paintings are faded frescoes from Far Angelico’s painted cells.

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I called this collection Soffito as it literally means a ceiling in Italian and doesn’t everything sound nicer in Italian!

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