St. Monans Windmill

St. Monans Windmill

St Monans Windmill is the last surviving windmill in Fife, and it is thought that this 18th century windmill acted as the powerhouse of the salt-pans, the remains of which can be seen in the landscape around it. It is situated on a bank above the salt-pans and beach below and is an impressive site. The windmill is currently being used by the Coastguards, where the voluntary Coastwatch keep an eye out for boats that may be in trouble. The Bass Rock often looks white, it is a bird sanctuary, and is jam-packed…continue reading →
Colourful Fishing Boats

Colourful Fishing Boats

  These are my first attempts at painting fishing boats. I wanted to portray how colourful they look in the vastness of the sea. Also as an expressive artist, I especially like to use bright, playful colouring. I live in a lovely area, a small fishing village along the coast, where there are a series of fishing villages and coastal walks. I've only been here over a year, and I've become fascinated with the range of fishing boats in the harbours and out at sea. Its a tough life for the fishermen and…continue reading →
Gathering Storm

Gathering Storm

This is my first attempt at experimenting with palette knives. I recently attended a workshop with artist Susan Forsyth, who specialises in coastal paintings, very inspiring! I have tried sea-scapes before without much success, but using palette knives seemed to free me up, and allow the painting to take shape. I enjoyed the texture that was created with the knives, although I did find them harder to use than I thought I would. There's definitely a technique to using them, and I had to resist the desire or impulse to go over it…continue reading →
St Monans Art Festival 2019

St Monans Art Festival 2019

This is the second time I have taken part in St Monans Community Arts Festival. there were 20 Open Houses with artists showing their work. So much to see and do, I managed to view 13 of the 20 before tiring myself out. There were many activities and workshops held throughout the weekend. I attended a superb workshop held by Susan Forsyth: Coastal Scenes with a Palette Knife, very inspiring! A very enjoyable event, well worth coming along. The arts festival was set up in 2009 by a group of local people, the…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Blue Elephant

Art Quilt – Blue Elephant

I love the Indian Elephant wall-hangings, so decided to try one out for myself. The elephant is appliquéd to the blue background. I used Indian embroidery pieces to decorate the border. Kantha stitches were used to spice up the blue background. The elephant material was cut from a dress, mirror-work was added, along with embroidery stitching, and bits of ribbon. My aim was to make the whole piece colourful. This wall-hanging is smaller than my usual works, 53cm x 55cm. I'm looking forward to trying out another elephant quilt along the same lines,…continue reading →
Vintage Shabby Chic Art Quilt

Vintage Shabby Chic Art Quilt

This quilt was made from an old patchwork hippy dress I had stored away. I had found it in a charity shop many years ago, it was great for this latest project. Well, the dress became the inspiration for the quilt! The vintage materials went well with the old Indian embroidery pieces. The border is also made from an old hippy shoulder bag. On each panel I sewed on a bird, decorating each panel with some mirror-work and the birds each needed a perch, which was supplied using more of the Indian embroidery…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Birds

Art Quilt – Birds

This is the second quilt I made over the winter months, most of it sewn by hand. My sewing machines are all kept in my small sewing-room/box-room, and really its just far too cold at the moment to sit through there, so here I am hand-sewing because its warmer through here! Again this design was inspired by the designs in the new book I bought, ‘Stitched Textiles: Birds’, by Rachel Sumner. In this one I applied my own design, using appliqué techniques, and various hand-stitching. I had been attracted to the book by…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Bird Song

Art Quilt – Bird Song

Over the winter months, I worked away at various crafts, I knitted blanket squares, finally making two small woolly blankets for my cats, which they seemed to appreciate, but who can tell with cats! Then I started on a rag-quilt, my first, which I decided to do totally by hand, enjoyable to start with, before becoming arduous, and how messy! I didn’t realise just how messy it can become, loose threads everywhere! Although I did enjoy it, what I finished up with, isn’t even large enough for a cushion cover. It's currently hung…continue reading →
St Monans Arts Festival 2018

St Monans Arts Festival 2018

This was my first year in St Monans, and the first time I've taken part in St Monans Community Arts Festival. There were many activities and workshops held throughout the weekend. A very enjoyable event for adults and children alike! The arts festival was set up in 2009 by a group of local people, the festival was built around the talented people living in or with strong connections to the village of St Monans, and has been a great success ever since. https://stmonans.org.uk/blog/category/community/st-monans-arts-festival-community/continue reading →
Art Quilt – Golden Elephant

Art Quilt – Golden Elephant

Really enjoyed making this quilt. I loved the image of the golden elephant and it went well with some old cushion covers I had stashed away in my fabric bags. I cut up an old scarf and appliqued some of the glimmering attachments. The embroidery in the panels is superb and I lay no claim to them whatsoever, this work is done in India by very skilled seamsters, the skills being passed down from generation to generation. As far as I know, the materials are gathered from discarded sari's, etc, and re-worked into…continue reading →