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These were a lot of fun to knit up!

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In my search for an easier life, I figured plants that don’t need watering were the way to goūüėČ

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Plus, having just finished a cardigan I was ready for something small and quick that didn’t tax my tired brain cells at night and these fit that bill perfectly.

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I found my patterns here and here if you fancy a go yourself.

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We have builders in (hurrah ¬†– new bathroom) but time is never your own when the house is occupied, especially for quiet creative pursuit. However I’m not complaining (we really did need a new bathroom reno) but I am finding time for shorter projects.

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One of my favourite sources of inspiration for some Sunday kickback today:)

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New term = new Summer term textiles class starting tonight @mac_birmingham. Here’s a peek at what last terms clever lot created.

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I’ve saved my favourite place for last –¬†Frigiliana.

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Back in July 2015 we had a week in Granada (which you’ve already seen lots of here) and¬†then we had another¬†week by the coast.

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Frigiliana is inland and was a short drive from where we were staying.

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It just clicked with me – it’s very small but so cute and artistic with lots of creative industries like pottery, weaving and painting and the nicest people.

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I might even retire there one day if I can learn some Spanish!

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Frigiliana by Night © Claire Leggett

This piece was the demo I began when I taught The Spotted Dog workshop (here) which I’ve finished now

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Well that’s it folks for my show-and-tell work from last years holiday – hope you enjoyedūüėČ

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I’m determined to catch up with real time (those of you following me on Instagram will already know we’re just back from Amsterdam) but first I want to finish showing the work inspired by a lovely, sunny holiday to Spain last year.

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Another tick on the bucket list was a visit to La Mezquite, the local name for the great Mosque even though it’s officially a Cathedral now so is sometimes also referred to as The Cathedral of Cordoba.

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It is enchanting, so atmospheric and mesmerising.

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The structure itself is awesome and mind-boggling (try drawing that!) but the history of it’s development is the same.

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Originally the site of a Roman temple and then a Visigoth church (nomadic¬†Germanic peoples) it was later built on and extended by generations of Muslim leaders. In the 1200’s it was converted to a Cathedral with no building changes and then in 1520’s after lots of arguing it got it’s Spanish Cathedral makeover.

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When it was a Mosque is was a simple rectangle and was built onto to accommodate a growing population by adding further aisles which gives the amazing views of stripy, painted arches and aisles.

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Claire_Leggett © Cordoba Interior

I did do some drawing on site and have so far painted the piece above but¬†there’s lots more inspiration on my To Do list – it’s hard to keep up!

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One last Spanish post soon – hope you’re enjoying my travels and art x

 

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I think I’ve exhausted the Alhambra for now but couldn’t wrap up without indulging in some window views.

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All painters like a good composition and a window framing a beautiful view is always a winner.

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The Alhambra will give you a swore neck from craning to catch all the views from all the window frames!


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I’d love to paint more of these and do a little series of them.

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But for now I’ll leave you with this one which really captures it all in one shot.

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The Alhambra wouldn’t have lived up to expectations if there weren’t a few tiles to inspire some pattern designing.

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And as you can see I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

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Miles and miles of them. These are the survivors of a hard edit!

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I have just begun to scratch the surface of the design inspiration they prompt.

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Here’s a little peek at some pattern WIP which has to remain a little bit secretūüėČ

This pavilion is the oldest building in the Alhambra.

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During the period of my life when I was busy bringing up toddlers but still had a heart to paint (which wasn’t happening) I saw an artist tackle a similar scene and it was so inspiring it stayed with me.

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Her name is Jean Martin and I think this is the painting I saw propped up on a gallery floor waiting to be framed.

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I had to work hard to take inspiration without copying or loosing my own authenticity – I chose to turn up the colours as The Fauves would have.

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© Claire Leggett Palacio del Partal

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Back in time again to our visit to Granada last Summer and I wanted to show you the wonderful Alhambra.

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Set high up on a hill overlooking all of Granada is this exquisite place.

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It’s made up of several buildings which have become the¬†Alhambra but its first building dates back to C9th.

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© Claire Leggett Patio de Arrayanes

Improvements were made and destructions too by various rulers along the way and then in C18th it was abandoned with restoration beginning in C19th.

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Despite all that chequered history, it’s amazing that so much of its beauty remains.

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And it is simply really beautiful with craftsmanship of the highest degree and wonderful gardens and it’s kept a mood of the past about it too.

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Most of my painting from Spain has centred on this building partly because visiting it been on my wish-list so I was determined to make the most of it and partly because it appeals to the designer in me (all those patterns) and the painter in me (all that scenery and foliage).

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I’ve saved all the tiles for a special blog-post of their own!

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This collage sums up the mood of this place for me – old textured building materials, light and shade, the smell of oranges and perfumed flowers and the welcome cool of a trickling water fountain.

The Alhambra, Granada

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