This year’s Christmas card is of a Nativity scene constructed from carefully selected redundant tools. It was entered in the Christmas decoration section in the Armathwaite Village show but was unplaced.
Perhaps the judges just couldn’t see Mary cradling the baby Jesus with an attentive Joseph looking on adoringly?
The village show was a great success and there were some excellent exhibits. Phil was awarded a ‘First’ for his abstract and I got ‘second’ for the needlepoint picture and tea cosy. The ‘Mystery seeds’ were Cape Gooseberry also called Inca Berry or Physalis. Ours was evidently the runt of the litter as the others had yellow flowers and lanterns containing the fruit ! Looking forward to next year.
Jane Best in show 2013
The big day has finally arrived. We have a lot to live up to as you can see.
It’s the Friday before the show. I managed to finish the two pieces I had been working on last night and framed them this morning so all is set for the big day. These two pieces relate to a site in the Langdale valley. Several large boulders lie in the valley in a spot commanding awe inspiring views of the Langdale Pikes. It wasn’t until 1999 that the Neolithic carvings on the boulders were “discovered”. !!! How could they have been missed?
The carvings are thought to represent a map showing the route to the Neolithic stone axe factory on Pike’o stickle.
Copt Howe Boulder A.
The other piece is inspired by a Nativity that we saw in Nice a few years ago on a pilgrimage to the Chagall museum.
The long arm of The Lord
About two years ago we were fortunate enough to witness elvers climbing the waterfall on the river Eden at Armathwaite. The river falls over a geographic feature known as the Cleveland Armathwaite dyke. This is an intrusion of igneous rock through the surrounding sandstone. The sandstone dates to the Permian period approximately 250 to 290 million years ago and the volcanic activity much more recently, about 56 million years. The dyke is a part of a swarm of dykes centred on the Isle of Mull.
Elvers climbing the Cleveland Armathwaite dyke
The the painting is carved into MDF, then treated with Plaster and PVA before applying silver and gold leaf. The final finish is achieved with about eight layers of thin oil paint glaze applied with a very high gloss painting medium.
I have progressed my knitting skills and have decided that this cosy is the one I will enter in the Armathwaite show, together with a needlepoint of Derwent Water.
I have managed to make a start on an entry for this year’s Armathwaite and Ainstable village show.
This is destined to be entered in the painting category “natural world”. For anyone interested in having a guess,the cryptic clue to assist or hinder is “they may have already left the building”.
I am hoping it will be finished in time for the Spirit of the Eden Open Art Show at Armathwaite Old School Hall over the August bank holiday weekend.
May have already left the building