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We had some time away visiting family in Portugal recently.

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Such lovely colours to capture, from blues and golds inside and out to sun bleached plaster walls – there is colour reference to collect at every turn.

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We don’t venture very far but that’s fine because I can always find an old weather-beaten door and a hand door knocker to photograph!

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Or a nice graphic road sign – this guy crossing the road amused me – what if we all had road signs in our national costumes?

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We visited the fish market on a break during our Segway tour (the most fun – try it if you ever get the chance) and that little fishy dishy came home with us.

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Home to the rain :(

You know it’s really Spring when your paint palette looks like this!

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Earlier this month I told you about buying this beautiful book Paper To Petal.

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Since then, if I’ve had a spare hour after tea, then I am to be found rolling and fringing crepe paper in my blossom making factory.

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I made c. 60 as the instructions said to, but as my branches are very long I probably could make another 60  to fill it out a little more but then it wouldn’t be ready for Easter.

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I loved everything about this project from buying scrummy coloured rolls of crepe, figuring out the construction, through to using my new glue gun for the first time ever.

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It seems an appropriate way to wish you a happy Easter Sunday and blessings of the season.

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I’ve knitted Mr L some birthday socks in a flying fury to be ready on the day (4th April) – ask him if he’s worn them yet!

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Here’s the other mixed media piece that I began when I was having fun with fluorescent acrylics the other day.

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I’ve grown to love the little sparkles of gold or silver that show through once all the painting is complete. I’ve saved this tissue paper wrapping (coral with silver leaves) for years – do you do that too? have something you never want to use? But those fluorescents put me in the kind of mood to just use it anyway!

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I’m not rating this as one of my all time fave’s but you might like it ;)

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Berry Birds © Claire Leggett

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Oh dear, well today isn’t Monday is it? Sorry about that – I’ve been off ill but I am here today with some fluorescent colours to put you in the mood for summer!

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This painting all began with a desire to play around with some new fluro acrylics. I did two bases – I’ll show the other another time because there’s already a tonne of photos here.

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I did give this a bit of thought before I began collaging onto it as I knew I wanted to put birds on a tree.

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I used my Basil Ede book for some bird reference.

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Then it began to get complicated as I painted in some leaves and flowers. I quite like the spontaneity of working like this but when it doesn’t work out as expected, the reworkings can become quite time-consuming, as was the case here.

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I played around forever with the balance of light and dark and when I look back now, I kind of like where it was at here but of course if you’re using acrylic there is no going back and so in the end all the fluro colours got covered.

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Blossom Birds © Claire Leggett

Funny thing  - I can’t remember when I last used red in a painting! Overall I’m happy with these spring birdies but it must have taken a week of too-ing and fro-ing to get it just right.

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And I love these little snippets of close up painting – the shiny bright gold dots….

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The layers of textures and dainty flowers.

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And I’m always a sucker for a pink blossom flower and/or a bird – it is Spring after all.

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It’s been three weeks and two days since I last visited here and so much has gone on in that time that I had to look back through photo’s and calendar entries to straighten out in my own mind, the passage of time and events!

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I have been creatively consumed – I am prepping like a mad woman for my first stall in April at our local Mosley Art Market.This has involved getting some giclee prints done and cards printed and I hope to soon have an Etsy shop up and running as opposed to just having one (empty) which is the state it’s been in for years. Of course if you’re local, come and visit in person! April 26th :)

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I also had the good fortune to be taken on by two new licensing agents, one at home and one in the USA – this now means keeping three agents fully fed with work. The two new ones are predominantly interested in surface pattern designs and so I have been happily patterning away. Of course it all has to remain secret and exclusive so no photos here of any of that work but here are ones of lovely Spring flowers to enjoy!

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I have had my lovely parents visit which gratefully necessitated my slowing down from full steam, which probably saved my sanity!

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It was lovely and sunny and we even got to drink tea in the garden with this fellow.

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They brought an early birthday present which planted up looks so cute :)

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I have also been undeservedly blessed of late by kind friends with presents for me for no other reason than they knew I would like it – speechless really. You know who you are and here I have said it aloud on the internet – you are too kind and the best of friends – thank you xx

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I have had a two-day jolly in London involving all the usual haunts and a trip to the chronological re-hang at Tate Britain – loved that and it was interesting to see the range of art developing in the early 1900′s side by side.

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Of course Anthropolgie kept up it’s reputation of being an art gallery in itself by having this wonderful ‘installation’ in it – can you see these are all feathers strung and hung? Beautiful.

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 I also walked Primrose Hill (and saw three famousness on the same street) and walked around Hampstead which is just the most charming place.

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It still retains a lot of it’s old country charm with plenty of references left to the village it used to be. Always happy to go to London and then happy to come back home.

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In between things I have been getting to grips with paper flowers and how to make blossom – more on that another time though.

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Mothers Day brought me macaroons in gorgeous colours, flowers and chocolates (no chocs to photograph – guess why?!)

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Ok, I think I am all present and correct and I feel better about that (hate to neglect my blog and my bloggy chums) – off to knock out birthday bolognaise for Mr L and go see Captain America :) Have a good weekend yourselves.

Back Monday with some painting to show you – sunglasses may be needed ;0

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If it’s possible to fall in love with a book, then I’m smitten with this one!

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Paper To Petal is the most gorgeous book I’ve seen in a long time. I had a quick look inside it via the ‘look inside’ feature on Amazon and flung it into my virtual basket and charged headlong to the checkout, all within something like 3 seconds.

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And it does not disappoint – it’s packed with the most beautiful photography of paper flower projects which seem relatively easily achieved (said she not having tried one yet – I’ll get back to you on the authenticity of that comment!)

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There is lots of information on how-to and what-with and really clear templates to copy and use at the back – it’s set out really well.

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From a designer’s point of view it’s full of inspiring ideas for new pattern designs and florals and from a crafters point of view it’s a siren call to make paper flowers.

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Late last night I could be found on the internet ordering crepe paper and floristry and milliners supplies as I’ve picked project one to begin with – can’t wait – I’m watching the post with my new glue gun charged and ready!

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I’d love this one below to be project 2 but we’ll see how I get along…

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Got to go now – it’s been a full ten minutes since I last looked at it…

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I’ve been sloshing pink, purple, blue and red around in the lovely square of spring sunshine coming through the window.

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And I’d forgotten about dip pens (or nib pens or whatever you wanna call them)

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The light is failing now but here’s a camera pic anyway to show the finished thing.

Today’s Goodreads quote couldn’t be more apt:

If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it’s within your reach. And it’ll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build. It’ll be worth it, I promise.   Steve Wozniak

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Patchings 2013 Vivienne Cawson

Last night I couldn’t get to sleep because I was planning and panicking and trying to silence the gremlins. Why? Because I have been accepted as a demonstrating exhibitor at this years Patchings art festival!

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Patchings 2013 Penny German

I wrote about my first visit last year here.

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So I’ve been researching and mulling over stand details, giclee prints, painting more stock, copy for the publicity, where will I sleep for four nights, how am I actually going to paint in front of people while they watch!!!
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Scary but good :)

I’ll keep you posted on developments but if you want to save the date it’s 5th June until 8th, 10am – 5pm. Might see you there.

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