Thursday 6 January 2011


Not in the sky (although I did see lots of Chinese lanterns over Christmas and New Year) but in my craft cupboard!

While I was putting the Christmas decs away I found two things that I really want to get finished soon.  The first is this hat, which has to be finished while it's still cold really or I'll never get to use it:
The second thing is something I love to do, but not a lot of people know because I don't often show it off.  When it came to picking my options at high school I wanted to do pottery, art and dressmaking but my mum made me do physics, chemistry, biology and technology.  The last time I used the options picked for me was in 1988 when I did my exams!  It's hard to say the last time I used the options I would have picked for myself because I do them all the time but they are all self taught.  I love to draw and I love to paint, some people say watercolour isn't as forgiving as oils but it's the medium I love and here is a work in progress at the moment:

Newquay harbour.

So I have dragged it out of the loft along with my paints and I am going to finish it this year, well the first half of this year really.  It's not often I let people see my paintings, this one has been seen by only two people, but I decided to pluck up the courage and show all.  My mum is an excellent drawer, my dad was an excellent artist, my grandad paints beautiful oils and my great aunt does stunning watercolours so I guess it's in my blood.

It has also made me think about the pottery I've done, so I shall dig it out, dust it down, photograph it and add it to the blog soon.

Now I must be off to bed as it's been a long day as usual but I had tons of fun at my crop tonight.

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx


Sandra said...

Well look at you :) .... Jo I'm just in awe, you're so so talented. Is there anything you CAN'T do? I'm so glad you're going back to what you love ... you deserve to think of you this year and what makes you happy. Go for it I say ... but don't forget to show us LOL.

Sian said...

Jo, you have a wonderful talent to be proud of. It's fantastic to see you back enjoying what you love - my mum didn't want me to be a journalist so I ended up doing History .

Helen said...

What a wonderful picture and it will be great to see it finished. Water colour is my favourite medium too :o)

Winnie said...

That's brilliant Jo! Thanks for sharing the painting, and I can't wait to see it all finished. I'm jealous of all your crafty talents - scrapping, knitting, pottery, painting . . . what next? LOL