Thursday, 5 June 2008


Thank you for all your good wishes that I enjoy my day out. They worked because I had a lovely day at the Art Festival. :o) I was a little later than intended setting off and for the first time ever had to queue to get in! Fortunately it wasn't a long wait and I was pleased to see that the ground was fairly dry after all the rain.

This was the busy Painter's marquee. I think I must have caught it in a gap in the crowds. It was stifling hot in here!

The exhibition marquees are arranged around the refreshment marquee and every year a jazz band entertain us at lunchtime.

I took this photo of the beautiful sky from my vantage point on the ground (sitting on a plastic bag!) while having my lunch. The getting down wasn't too bad but the getting up made my joints complain!

Back in the textiles marquee I spotted this little dragon among the bears on Mo-bear's stand. (I don't think she has a website).
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On the subject of bears, this guy was taking his ease outside one of the resident studios at Patchings.

His pals were keeping an eye on him from the window. The ladies in this little shop were keeping an eye on a nest of bluetits with a camera in the nestbox. The box was on the side of the building away from the public so the birds weren't being disturbed by all the comings and goings.

I suppose I have to own up to a little indulgence of the shopping variety!

The beautiful mohair fibres came from Mo-bear (the colours are actually richer in real life) and the ribbon is lightly wired.

Look at all the beautiful colours in this mohair!
I have to confess, I treated myself to this lovely seahorse made by Kim Rogers. The artist uses new and recycled beads to make her wonderful wire sculptures. I was spoilt for choice with all the lovely figures on her stand but I love seahorses and decided to move out of my usual colour comfort zone and chose these beautiful colours which reminded me of stones and rocks.
My bargain of the day was several bottles of fabric paint at £1 (2$) each, oh, and 5 packs of various textures of Daler Rowney printer paper (watercolour, canvas and photo) for £5 (10$).
There was lots of opportunity to watch artists at work, chat with them and to try out materials, and the time went too quickly. There are still 3 days left if you fancy a lovely day out.


Gina said...

Sounds like a lovely day out!

Helena said...

This sounds great! My kind of day! Especially at the moment: I feel that I'm going into a creative binge. I have these now and then. It's why I started my blog- to do lots of drawings. Humpf! The binge ended. Oh dear. Part of the idea of the blog was to see if I could continue drawing when the binge passed. (I'm bi-polar, and this is part of it!)

Never mind. I've kept the blog going and I've done writing and my photo's in ABC Wednesday....

But I digress... I definitely want to get creative again. But where to start?

I think I'd like to make some cards, but not from kits. I'd like to do my own thing :o)

Or what I'd really like is to make little books, as gifts. Lots of texture on the cover. Hmm....

I was looking at the open Arts College too.....


Oh yeah, sitting here typing at 4am is part of it too... LOL

I did like the bear pic's in your post. And what a lovely dragon!!! Was he made of felt??? Dilly would love to see this. I won't wake her though. I'll leave her a note.


sharon young said...

Hi Julie
You are lucky to have such a lovely event close by, it looks like a great mix of creative disciplines.
Gorgeous sea horse I can see how you were tempted :-)
Thanks for your comment on my blog, Norwhich cathedral is well worth a visit especially the cloisters which are wonderfully atmospheric.

Frances said...

sounds like you had a great time, the seahorse is soooo beautiful, it's been good catching up with you,
best thoughts Frances,

Lesley said...

What a lovely day out! I love the items on the stand with the dragon - gorgeous colours.


Dilly said...

Dilly think wagon be best.