Friday, 31 October 2014

Initial Doodling

The other evening I sat myself down with watercolours and coloured pencils. It had been a really long time since I'd taken the time to create something. So I thought I'd start simple. I just thought about lettering and decided to experiment with my initial. I first went for something quite formal and neat. But then I'm not a very neat person so this ended up a little lopsided! I then went for a natural look with entwining branches and leaves. After I'd finished painting this was the one I was least keen on, but I found that once I'd worked into it with different browns and greens it grew on me (see what I did there!). The last is definitely my favourite. The mix of colours really remind me of the autumnal colours outside, or the fire of the bonfire that I'm excited about going to on Sunday. I love the contrast of the black pattern over the top.

Do give me some feedback. From being away from art for a while and for some quick doodles (these took me less than half an hour) I'm very pleased with them, but they are in no way the finished article.

Kate xx

Monday, 27 October 2014

#BloggersGroupHug 1

A couple of weeks ago during a twitter Jade from Jasey Jade came up with the hashtag #BloggersGroupHug. From there it has run and here we are. Jade came up with a new series between bloggers. Here's what she has to say about it:

"The Bloggers Group Hug.
We are a Community, a Group. A group of people who are bloggers. 
We all blog but just in Different ways  because we are Individual Souls  with different interests 
but yet similar because we are bloggers. 

A Group Hug means to me: Support, Unity  & Similarity .

So the idea is that all of you who would like to participate, will receive One Word every week ( depends on how many bloggers will join). A word that you will have to describe in 100 words maximum. The description can be in a funny way, a deep way, unrealistic way, used in a short story or you can use pictures. It's up to you, because a word may come to you in a different way then it would to others, but yet you are writing like every other blogger out there .

So BloggersGroupHug is really all about showing:
Support  by excepting how every single one of you interpreted a word
Unity  by working together
Similarity by doing the same thing, writing and also *maybe* show similarity in your answers"

The first word we were given was HUG and here is my response:

Did you know the average hug is only 3 seconds long? I have no idea how someone came up with that statistic, but it seems an awfully short time to me. I suppose statistics don't tell you everything and this one certainly doesn't tell you the frequency in which people hug or indeed why. A hug can be a greeting, a goodbye, something that says I'm here for you. It makes me think of love and comfort, warmth and safety. It creates a connection between people you know well or may just have met. Hugs, however long, are important.

I look forward to reading what everyone else has written so if you are joining in please your link.
You can read more about it here

Kate xx

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Looking forward to...

Autumn is really here now and there's lots going on. I hope everyone is well and we can keep up with each other through the business! Sometimes there are just some many exciting things in your life and you can't wait for them to all happen at once. I thought I'd share some of the things I'm really looking forward to right now.

6 days off in a row! Can I just reiterate that this pleasure has not been mine since Easter time and I will be making the most of them. The volume of work I've done recently has left little time for me. I will spending it relaxing, catching up with sleep and doing lots of things for me. I've been feeling a little run down the last couple of weeks so lots of rest and being able to choose what I want to do will be fantastic.

A spontaneous day. Me and one of my best friends have a day booked in to do something. We have no idea what that thing might be yet and that's what I love. I'm excited to jump in the car and go somewhere. I know that wherever we go will involve a good consumption of yummy food and much laughter.

Fireworks. This year one of the teams I coach are having a fireworks get-together and awards evening. I will be like a proud mumma whilst watching the kids I coach get their awards and with hot dogs and bowls of soup on offer we shall gather around a bonfire and watch fireworks. It sounds like a perfect evening. I must remember to bundle up nice and warm.

A trip to London. Ever since my friend moved in to her new flat in London I've been itching for a weekend down there. I will be catching the train down at the end of November which is just perfect as we plan lots of Christmassy activities, plus an afternoon tea of course. I'm so excited for mulled wine, decoration buying and any other Christmassy things we can think of. (holler if you have ideas London people?).

I am starting to teach my first Arts Award class. I love the concept of Arts Award which is to get all children involved in all forms of art and give them the opportunity to explore and develop to their own potential. I will be basing it around dance and look forward to it so much!

Second training session tonight. I've signed up to train with a new cricket team. It's a ladies team which is something I'm really looking forward to I have played with girls since I was 14. I went a couple of weeks ago for the first time and the ladies made me feel so welcome that I have been looking forward to going so much. Unfortunately it's only every other week so I'm also looking to do some other new exercise in between. Again suggestions very welcome, I especially want to work on core strength.

What are you looking forward to in the very short term or maybe a little further afield?
Kate xx

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Autumnal Sunday Strolls

After a day snuggled under a duvet regretting a not so great curry I decided it was time to get out into the air. I must say I felt so much better for some fresh air and a roam around the countryside. I took my brother and our dog and it was lovely to have a bit of time catching up with him too. Sometimes you forget that where you live is actually very beautiful. Because we see it every day, we become slightly immune. I looked through these photos and couldn't believe the colours. I love the golden light of the evening that sneaks around the trees creating dappled shadows. The oranges, greens, reds and browns of the leaves as they fall to the ground. There were so many more photos I could have shown you and it was such a hard choice which to showcase. The light was drawing in as we walked home having walked further than expected, but what a gorgeous sunset to finish the walk with.

I wrapped up really warm in a charity shop denim shirt, the only jeans I've ever found that actually fit (they're from Tesco if you're interested) and a cute cherry print scarf. And last but not least I have my massive woolen cardi. My Grandma knitted me this 2 years ago and I love it. My friends have nicknamed it the "sheep jumper" and it's so warm and snuggly. Perfect autumn wear.

Kate xx

P.s. excuse the poor photo quality on the last photo. But the colours were so pretty and skipping down the road is always a good thing!