Sunday, 8 April 2012

Nice to be home

Flowers picked from my garden to wish everyone a
I had a lovely time at Brighton, the weather was wonderful and it was good to see my daughter and spend some time with her. She was taking part in a production of Cranford at the TOM theatre.  We really enjoyed  seeing her in her acting role as the wonderfully funny gossip Miss Pole. Brighton is such a contrast to our quiet village and it was fun to wander and see the beach and pier,  browse around the shops and take it all in. I loved the antique shop called Snoopers Paradise where I made a few purchases of treasures....some patchwork pieces, some printers wooden letters and a Meloto paper roll of music which was played on a pianola.  I thought it might be fun to draw on the paper.  I stocked up with some new art supplies at Winchester School of Art, where my daughter spent  four years doing her degree,  it was like going back to see an old friend.  We sat in the sunshine in the Cathedral grounds and wandered through the streets with the colourful stalls as it was market day.
While I have been away I  have not done any  drawing. I do feel really inspired and eager to return to my drawing.  I loved my visit to the Booth museum where I saw the huge collection of Butterflies and the hundreds of stuffed birds, skeletons, fish, fossils in this once private Victorian Collection  belonging to Mr. Edward  Booth,  dated 1874.  Of course very thought provoking to see stuffed animals and birds.
 While I was in Brighton I bought the two lovely shells at a shop on the beach. They  were just so lovely and I wanted to draw them. I found a stationary shop selling J.Herbin ink in the most gorgeous range of  colours and I chose a bottle of  'Larmes de Cassis'.  This colour would be for my  Brighton shells.  I returned home and found the garden full of my beautiful Fritillary  flowers and so I had to draw one too,  the colour of this ink worked perfectly.  I used the dip in pen and a fine nib.  It is ink for a fountain pen but such a lovely colour.
It has been a lovely break and I feel better for it but it is good to be home.  When I saw the hills and the shore I knew I was where I belong.  Hope you are all enjoying a lovely Easter Weekend.      
Thank you for the your comments and good wishes.              Millyx


Bella said...

Thanks for the warm Easter message - even if the weather didn't play ball.

I am glad you had a good time away. The ink you have is beautiful but I often find them to be a bit pricey. You are a tidy worker and your creations are sublimely intricate so I expect you will get your money's worth. I tend to splat around a bit!

Carol Creech said...

Glad to hear you had a nice break, Milly! Happy Easter to you, too.

Susan Scheid said...

Your photograph of the daffodils is so sweet and so appropriate. I look forward to more drawings--I always do!

Lynn said...

Happy Easter!

Frances said...

Milly, it seems that we were both taking a brief break at the same time!

Brighton is such fun to visit. I particularly remember my time there years ago, because it was Remembrance Sunday, and everyone wore poppies.

Isn't springtime energizing!


suz said...

Happy Easter Milly. Sounds like you had a lovely one. Thank you for sharing your lovely drawings.

Melody said...

Good to have you back ~ your trip sounds like it was lovely!
It's fun to go away, but like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz said, "there's no place like home"

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Great to know that you had such a lovely break Milly.

The Fritillaries are beautiful - something I would love to see growing - they're just..... spectacular.

Have a good week. Lesley x

Sketchbook Squirrel said...

Hi Milly. Good to hear that you had a good time in Brighton and Winchester. I love both and they are not far from me here. Lovely to see your ink sketch, particularly in purple, my favourite!

Michelle Palmer said...

Our daughter and I took a trip to the college I attended in the city~ She was showing her portfolio... like you, it felt like "coming home." I don't have that feeling often~ but it seems to be attached to my artful memories.
Your posts are always a joy!
Glad you had a nice visit with your daughter and were able to enjoy her performance!

Heather said...

What lovely drawings you create! And it sounds like you had a wonderful trip :) Nice to meet you!~

Jenni said...

The colour of that ink is just perfect for your fritillary flowers. I tried to grow one once with no success...the swathe of them you have is fantastic!

Carolina said...

Hola Milly!
It's always a pleasure to visit your blog... you never stop inspiring me
Un gran abrazo,

Sarah Melling said...

This is so beautiful. I recently saw this fritillary flower listed on a nature guide at a location here in California and thought of the lovely one on your blog banner!