Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day yesterday ♥
I came home to a wonderful, candle lit, Valentine dinner, made from scratch by my sweet ♥!!
At Christmastime, we string fairy lights all around our kitchen window/bookcase area and leave them up until Valentine's as they look so lovely and romantic. I am loving the look so much that I think they may just stay there a bit longer. In the evening we need only these lights left on in the kitchen while eating dinner (I am an early riser and plug them in first thing in the morning too ... lovely soft lighting while it's still pitch black outside).
I put my Macro lens away at the end of the Summer, and thought it would be fun to use it again to take some photos of my Valentine's bouquet.
My Studio needs a huge clean-up and re-arranging.
I don't think I'm utilizing the space as well as I could, and some furniture needs to be moved around to make use of lighting better.
I haven't been getting as far along with the chore however, as I am finding things I had long forgotten about.
I came across a portfolio in my Art cupboard (which is a bit like the cupboard in Narnia ... I can go further and further into it and still find STUFF) :-D
Finding the portfolio itself brought back floods of memories. My daughter gave it to me for Mother's Day many, many years ago. "An artist needs a proper portfolio Mum" she said ♥
The sides of the portfolio were bulging (I wondered how I had managed to zip it up)!
Inside were tons of watercolours, sketches, finished pieces & others not.
Sadly I hadn't put dates on most of them, but looking at the picture, I could tell roughly when they were done. Like the hamster above ... my children always had hamsters when they were little - one in each of their rooms. This is Daisy, our only girl hamster. She was the inspiration behind TONS of story lines.
I was the lucky recipient of handpicked bouquets filled with big yellow dandelions on walks home from school and back then, the kitchen counter always had a mug filled with fresh dandelions. This would have been done about 20 years ago (based on the length of my daughter's hair and braid)
I will have to sit and finish the bouquet of flowers.
My children were (and have always been) a huge inspiration ...
I remember sitting for our 1st Family of 4 portrait :-)
I wanted to capture my children's gorgous Auburn hair...
When we moved into our 2nd home, one of the first things my husband built was a picket fence. Being from England, I made plans to create an English cottage garden like I had in our first home... and every cottage garden needs a picket fence :-)
And this sketch which was dated, was done on a small scrap piece of paper the day my son was born ♥
is the diary
that we all carry about with us
Now, back to cleaning up this Studio!!
Have a wonderful weekend xo