I’m drawn to dolls at the moment. Especially those ones in the Folk Art tradition with their painted elements, seraphic air and kind of a woody attitude like a fragile skittle displayed on a mantelpiece.
Funny things happen when the weather is so dark and gloomy as it is now. You get restless and with time on your hands start covering objects with threads like this lovely bycicle… Knitted birds and other creatures find shelter on top of the house door.
Bought some elephant dung paper ( is that really?) and decided to try something new like painting and stitching with woolen threads. The paper is hairy, stiff and very difficult to mould. I thought I’ll try some earthy colours inspired by native indian paintings on drums… I kind of like the end result but lots of room for improvement.
Yesterday night I watched a Joni Mitchell’s interview on CBC: the Canadian national television. Absolutely wonderful: what a treat it has been! She touched all kinds of topics, both personal and mostly universal. She said, among a million of other things, that if you listen to her music seeing just her life, herself, well in a sense her music has failed. But if you listen to it trying to mirror yourself and your experiences you have certainly reached something… That something will eventually help you to understand a little bit more about yourself… There is a lot of soul searching in her music. And this is, I think, how I’ve always listened to her music, all my life, and sung and played her songs over the years…
Joni is turning 70 this year and on this interview ( great journalist interviewing her ) showed no luck of memory, brightness of ideas and great sense of humour. An incredible human being: so varied, intelligent and full of life. Below is a small collection of Joni images from the ‘Blue’ period plus some more recent ones including some of her wonderful artwork. A prized possession: an autographed copy of ‘Songs of a praire girl’ from my time spent in BC Canada where I lived for a while near her house…
Lovely evening at the Twenty Twenty Art Gallery in Much Wenlock. Mixed exhibition with a garden theme, hence the flowers. Lovely paintings by Ann Mccay ispired by river views, trees, sheds and beautiful Shropshire colours. It was really nice to spend time with Zsofi and Katie wandering through these scented rooms.
The show will continue till the 27th of July if you fancy a visit.
More images from my trip to Budapest.