Thursday, 27 November 2008

Merry Go Round

Jump on the merry-go-round and join a group of artists/ crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little bit about their lives in art and craft!
We’re being a bit seasonal with our posts this month. The question we’re all going to answer is...
"How do the different seasons and weather affect you in your art and craft?"

I’m aware that for practically the entire month of November, I’ve done nothing but moan. Moan, moan, moan – nothing unusual in that, I know (before those that love me and put up with me feel compelled to leave a comment to prove it). The depressing light of day in these late autumnal /early winter months is hard to deal with. Am I the only person who struggles to get out of bed in the morning, when it’s still dark, and the warm comforts of a snuggly duvet are enticing me back to bed for ‘just five more minutes’?? It really does make you question your self discipline...but thankfully there are children to be breakfasted, sandwiches to make, ‘undergarments’ to retrieve from the ironing pile (no, I don’t iron them) and the school run to undertake (all in a mad rush!). Somehow, I manage to start the day.
But it doesn’t stop there – the general light in the house has lost its summer brightness; all clarity is gone. Remember our parents telling us off for sitting too close to the television – it’ll ruin your eyes!! – well, that’s it, my eyes feel ruined! I don’t need glasses (I’ve been tested) just proper daylight!! Not only that, but I’m fed up with poor photographs. It’s nigh on impossible to use electric light because it always leaves a caste over your images that I simply can’t eradicate...grrr!!



However, there are good points – honestly! I sit and sew my creations, using a machine or by hand. Granted, working in the evening is more difficult at this time of year, but it’s indoor work, so the weather doesn’t stop me. It’s lovely, too, to be able to reflect the changing seasons in your work – the colours of autumn for example, are glorious; winter sees crisp, cool snowy white; the advent of Christmas sees reds and golds; the party season heralds the opportunity to pile on sumptuous textures and sparkling beads; the colder days cry out for cosseting neckwarmers, scarves and shawls...fantastic!! I love the fact that I can embrace the year in this way; living in a forest, nature and its glorious colours are all around me. It influences our daily lives, so why should I fight it?
What was that line from a Crowded House song, now?...Ah, yes –


Colour is its own reward.

Perfect!

Please use the Merry Go Round links in the sidebar to read everyone's responses to this question...it's fun to find out more about each other, isn't it? Just remember that we are all in different time zones - so if you don't see a post, please pop back again later. xxx

10 comments:

Lily Pang said...

It is so interesting to read how the life is in your end, which is opposite from mine. We have so much sun throughout the year.

I miss winter sometime and the feeling of staying in bed just a bit more time.

Every place has its cons and pros. We just try to enjoy it!

You have your own site, very nice!

Cattoo said...
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Cattoo said...

Here is a link to my blog post about how November has affected me, as an artist.
http://justalittlepeek-justalittlepeek.blogspot.com
/2008/11/uk-sunrise-712-am-sunset-416pm.html

Easterya said...

The colours in your creations are such a pick-me-up, like vitamins! You're the sunshine personnified!

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

Oh yes, I completely agree... texture and colour are their own reward... oh no, another song stuck in my head!! And I'm loving your work pictures, as Easterya says... you are our vitimin C when the light of winter draws in.

And yes, I also took just 5 extra minutes this morning... it's hard isn't it!

Sx

Ruth said...

Hadn't thought about the photography differences! I must admit - the days seemed soooooo short when I was in England last week. Here, it doesn't get dark until much later and it's light when I get up too. Hmmmm - maybe you need some of those daylight bulbs all over your house!!! Love the way your colours connect with the seasons.

Jackie said...

I haven't noticed you moaning(probably because I've done enough for two). Your work isn't suffering from the poor light anyway.

Marian said...

It is so difficult to get out of bed in the morning. My kid starts yelling and bouncing around in his room at 6.30....why! why!!! where are all those promises of sleeping long in the winter, because it is dark outside. WHy did people lie to me! hahaha
I must admit though that I do embrace the hermit life that comes as a result of winter... staying indoors, something warm to drink... instant excuse for chocolate! not that I need one...
The pictures, yeah... Its all in vain...

Kayla coo said...

Your not alone with wanting to stay in bed on dark,cold mornings.
We do need lots of colour to brighten up our day and you have lots of lovely colours Charlotte.x

meherio68 said...

Ah! Those "just five more minutes" - imagine what they can turn into, knowing I am under the influence, not of in-need-of-breakfast children, but of this cute, cuddly, purring cat of mine...