Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Using my Driving Time Creatively

I spend a lot of time in the car. I travel a lot of for work. Most of the time I listen to music, but this week I've quite reflective. My head has been composing Haikus. Short poems of 3 lines. The first has 5 syllables, then 7 and then we're back to 5. I like the short format. I'm so bad at starting a project and then never getting around to finishing it. But even I can manage 3 lines! I like how it can capture a snapshot and you have to chose the words wisely. The following are all separate little poems depicting moments and people in my life.

Wish I could help you
so close, but thoughts so distant
breaking from within.


Things mount up too quick
little moments make life hard
and a rant spills out.


Both curled up in bed
sharing secrets in the dark
words never see light.


Honest thoughts waiting
you've given me a window
I let in the breeze.


He's ever watchful
regarding a passerby
eyes trained to their moves.

Little bit of him
same mannerisms, a book
that is a present.

Have you ever tried your hand at poetry?
Kate xx

Friday, 15 May 2015

Sneak Peek into my Scrapbook 4




Today is a colourful one. This week I have been looking out for those positive moments in life. The moments where you just have  to breath because your insides are all warm and fluffy. Because sometimes your insides can just be a bit grey and dreary. Nothing spectacular happens and you're just bobbing along. Feeling a bit "meh" about life. This week I've really tried to cheer myself up and find all these positive to turn my life from grey to technicolour.

The top quote I found in a little book gifted to me by a friend. It's a book of happiness and has many quotes and sayings that perk me up. This one jumped out at me. I really hope I bring a little sunshine into others lives so a little rubbing off on me wouldn't go amiss. It even warranted a page in my scrapbook.

The second page was done whilst my mind wandered. I scribbled mindlessly and painted without too much thought. It was calming to add random colours and patterns to the piece. I had time to think and create in my head.

What colourful moments have been brightening your week?
Kate xx

Monday, 4 May 2015

A Dose of Orange





I have to say orange is not my favourite colour. It's a little bit brash and in your face for me, but when I sat down I seemed drawn to it. It seemed like Spring may have got into my bones and made me want to use all the different bright, warm colours. The top double spread is a real layering up of different bits and bobs. There's some printing, watercolour, acrylic and some doodling over the top. I did my background with all the warm colours and then decided it needed a contrast. So low and behold we got bright blue circles which I instantly disliked. So I can back to it and added the doodlings and I think I can just about handle the circles now!

Can we just have a quick shout out for the wonderful Spring flowers that we have right now? We have bluebells, primroses, daisies and my depicted tulips. The riot of colour that they bring really makes me smile even just for the split second that I drive by.

I love how every time I sit down with my sketchbook I find myself forming s theme to my work. Do you feel drawn to a particular colour dependent on the weather, time of day or even mood you are in?

Kate xx