Beautiful autumn tree

I found a really satisfyingly smooth rock in Rhos-on-sea…Yes I know most wouldn’t say that about a rock but it definitely had to go in the collecting bag.

I have seen some superb art creations made using wire trees and this Rick seemed a perfect Base for giving this a go.

Step one: i wrapped gold and bronze wire around a box several times, slid it off then cut it to create many straight stands of wire.  (next time I think I’d use more to create a thicker trunk)

Step two: twist the wires together about a thirds of the way along leaving one end to create roots to wrap around the rock.

Step three: keep twisting to create the trunk then separate the wires to create branches and keep twisting.

Step four: when you reach the stage of having tiny branches twist the roots and shape around the rock.

Step five: for a bit of autumn bling add beads to the ends if the branches πŸ™‚

Red Robin

A wet and rainy day in Wales today so instead I sat in the window and painted this beautiful Robin in snow laden branches.

I am really pleased with him and might just look into getting prints made of this lovely chap πŸ™‚

Pebble collection

Stone stories use lots and lots of pebbles so a trip to the Welsh coast yesterday was fabulous!!! With a workshop next week the lucky children are going to have some beautiful stones to use for their stories.

I also collected one or two unusual things with experimenting in mind πŸ™‚

Rhos on sea will be remembered as a perfect collecting beach. 


As a creator of stone stories by chance I came across another stonestories on instagram and started to follow πŸ™‚

What a great thing she is doing and I really want to share this with you.  She is based on Canada and she writes beautiful positive messages on stones.  These are left in random unusual places for people to find.  Her website is written on the reverse.  Please visit the website and see the impact these stones have on the people that find them πŸ™‚

So today I contacted stonestories and asked if the UK could join in the experiment in serendipity. 

So please keep your eyes peeled for extra special stones wherever you may be x

Bits and bobs day

Do any of you have days where you need to finish off many started projects? Today is one of those.  I have the sky to finish in an oil painting that was interrupted a couple of weeks ago.  An acrylic to continue with.  Two commissions to start planning for…a triptych and a barn owl.

And news just in…a half price sale in hobbycraft!!!!

I might also make a start on this beautiful photograph in nairn…crying out for an oil painting. 

I can see today is going to be fun πŸ™‚