Cabot Tower, Bristol…

Cabot Tower, Bristol was one of the first places that I painted. Click here if you want to see my earlier paintings. Today, in between watching some of the olympics, I painted it again, this time using (hopefully) subtle colours and mixed media.

This is the result:


One Lovely Blog Award Nomination …

Brush, Needle & Whisk has been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! Many thanks to for the nomination. Make sure you check out all 3 of their blogs: http://arcanearrangements.wordpress.com

The Rules:

1]  Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog– see above

2]  List seven random things about yourself–

1. I’m writing this as I watch the show jumping part of the Olympic 3 day event.

2. I am stunned by how much I am enjoying learning to paint and shocked by how much I miss it when I have a day without painting.

3. I’m meeting my 1 and only cousin and his family for the first time next week and am really excited.

4. My favourite drink is a really strong coffee with a frothy milky top!

5. I am a convert to the kindle.

6. I was kicked in the head and knocked unconscious by a horse called Thomas when I was sixteen.

7. Thinking of 7 random things is harder than it looks!

3]  Nominate fifteen other blogs–

I follow so many inspiring blogs that it’s hard to whittle it down to just 15 but here goes:

4]  Notify the fifteen nominees


5]  Put the award logo on your blog.

Thanks again to JE Lattimer for the nomination, I really appreciate it 😀


Painting in Purple …

After painting too much yesterday and ending up unhappy with the result, I was determined to stop before it was too late today. I decided to go for something abstract ish and to limit the colours used.

I began with a blue/purple mix to which I then added water, then grey and then black. Contrasting colours we’re green/yellow and red/orange.

This is the result and yes, I am happy with it:

As for what this painting is of, that’s for the observer to decide. It could be trees, it could be clouds – what do you think it could be?


A Lesson Learned the Hard Way …

Painting a Calla Lilly would, I thought, be quite simple. It was however its simplicity that made it really quite difficult!

I began with a simple sketch:

I then added a little watercolour pencil to create definition:

This is where I should have left it!!

Unfortunately, I decided to add more colour:

I then (trying just too hard) attempted an abstract version with watercolours and chalk pastels:




Blanket Coverage …

It feels like I’ve been knitting this blanket for months but in fact it’s not quite been 1 month. Click here to see the knitting pattern. I’ve tried to knit most days, sometimes I’ve only managed a few rows, others, I’ve been able to knit much more.

Today I finished it and chose to edge it in a turquoise wool:

It is quite literally a bit rough around the edges (sewing is far from being a strong point of mine), however, the colours are beautiful and I’m pleased with how the pattern has turned out.


A Dragonfly came to visit …

A beautiful blue-green dragonfly paid us a visit the other day. It flew in through the open roof light in the kitchen, flew around a few times and then flew away again. The gossamer-like wings didn’t look strong enough to lift the dragonfly’s bulky body, but lift it away they did.

Here’s my attempt at encapsulating the dragonfly who came to visit: