Had a great evening last night at the preview of our exhibition. Lots of friends and collegues turned up, as well as some unexpected visitors - particularly Ray who I thought couldn't make it as he had to work, but he managed to get off early and surprised me! You can see him here admiring Kay and Yvonne's work with Elizabeth who was so impressed she bought Yvonne's 'Distant World's'. The exhibition continues until 4th September, so do come along and take a look if you are in the area.
This is my piece 'Life on Mars' inspired by a recent NASA announcement that they have found evidence of flowing water on Mars. It started off as an experiment with stencilling puff paint on to Lutradur then painting with Metallic Masters paint. I wanted a rusty colour and of course I'd run out - a whole shop full of paint, and I didn't have the one I wanted! So I had to mix various colours of Dye na Flow until I got the colour I wanted. The circles are a mix of buttonhole stitched rings, Flower Stitching on felt and some little buttonhole rings I bought from Craftynotions years ago that have just been waiting to be used. These were soaked in Lumiere Halo Pink Gold and various other Dye na Flow colours to get the effect I wanted. I finished off with a wrapped cord to echo the canyons on Mars. The picture below has the rings in place before I stitched them down - I often take a photo when I'm placing things so I don't forget where to put them when I start stitching.
Now I have a major project in conjunction with Eastgate Shopping Centre that needs finishing before the end of September, so I'm off to paint a giant canvas. And I thought I'd be able to relax and take things easy after City & Guilds?