Today I’m sweating in the studio (nice image huh?!) as I do all the time in this crazy heat, whilst waiting for the thunder storms to come. I do hope they arrive, I woke at 2am last night and could hear lots of rumbling in the distance, the sky was flashing like crazy and I couldn’t get back to sleep so I watched and waited in eager anticipation for the storms to reach us and total bummer, they never did! They just passed by in the distance, hence another hot and sticky start to the day.
Lack of sleep and complete boredom of the weather means I’m taking it easy today. I have been ploughing slowly through work, it’s been quite therapeutic to empty the project boxes as each one is completed, some of these have been on the go for years now. I have new things ready to show but I need to photograph and list them first, and for that I definitely need cooler weather, ideally with a little light cloud to soften the shadows; although my Lightcase has arrived, so I could try that out for some of the smaller items.
I’ve just bought two large pencil bundles from Ebay. They are the old design Derwent Studio ones as I much prefer them to the newer style. I received my first big tin of these when I was in sixth form, I clearly remember them being a main Christmas present, they were super expensive at the time. What’s left of my stash (added to over the years) sits in a jar in my studio, but F keeps ‘borrowing’ them for his drawing as he prefers the selection to his own collection (I’ve no idea why as the boys have so many pencils and crayons between them), my aim is to get a set together for each of the boys, so they leave mine alone! I also like the idea of using them in product photos, so I’ll naturally be keeping a set back for myself. I love seeing them all lined up in a row.I’m gathering together gifts for the teachers, all a bit late this year as I’m not very organised. One of the teachers is due to have a baby soon and as the most common thing I sell for little ones is the linen mice, C has written a message on this one’s bum that I’ve machine embroidered over. I’m not very inspired, otherwise, and it might be the remaining flower brooch cards….or lavender birds….or recurrent jelly made by the boys for the others. I need to decided this weekend as school’s nearly out for summer.
I was pleased to find an excuse to finish these linen boys up though, they’ve been half made for a good year or so. I’m not sure why all the others were completed at the time I started them and these three were abandoned at the leg attaching stage but it’s another project box I can empty and it keeps my stock topped up.Now it’s time to just wait for that gentle pitter patter or rain, or ideally a torrential downpour!