Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Texture Trail Summer Holiday

Texture Trail is taking a summer holiday and will be back in September.
Have a good summer everyone!
Jane x

Regency Flower Picking Image
Image by The Graphics Fairy

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

National Gardens Scheme-Chalkhouse Farm

On Sunday Richard and I visited another garden in the
National Gardens Scheme. Chalkhouse Green Farm is
near to where we live. It is a great open day,
with a beautiful farm house, glorious gardens,
rare breed animals and even a swimming pool
and tennis court for the public to use.
We did enjoy wandering round the gardens, but
 particularly liked seeing the animals. Marigold,the
Mangalitza sow was very friendly.  Daisy the
Suffolk Punch,with her foal, Blossom, only
three and a half months old were delightful.
My favourite was Jack the Shire horse, who weighs
about 950 pounds! He looked magnificent
with his plaited mane.

Pretty oriental pot

Quiet corner with a water trough

Large lemons being grown in pots

Fragrant honeysuckle


Sweet statue

Carved wooden shutters

Daisy stands guard over Blossom

Jack with his plaited mane

Marigold making friends with the visitors

Monday, 29 June 2015

National Gardens Scheme- Manor House,Chalgrove

The second part of last week's open
garden visit was The Manor, Chalgrove.
I am posting this separately so there are not too many photos 
on one post, and to do both gardens justice.
The medieval manor house is just stunning,
set in beautiful gardens with a meadow and pond  
with Koi carp.
We finished a  great afternoon with tea and cake.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

National Gardens Scheme-Mill Barn, Chalgrove

Last weekend Richard and I visited some open gardens
in South Oxfordshire.
This is Mill Barn, Chalgrove.
Such clever planting in this one, with rose-covered
archways leading through from one part of the
garden to another. Beautiful colours and textures.
I am not a gardener, so look at them from an
arty point of view, as if looking at a painting.


Saturday, 27 June 2015

Joan McQuillan

My inspiration this week comes from the work of
textiles artist Joan McQuillan, who lives in Reading
and took part in the Whiteknights Arts Trail  a couple
of weeks ago, which I visited.
I really loved Joan's piece, Gone for a Swim
and am happy to say that I bought it and know that
I will treasure it and be constantly inspired by it.
You can find out more about Joan in the Diversity 
website,a textiles group she belongs to.
Joan is like me a "Windsor Girl", that is to say she studied for
her City and Guilds in Creative Embroidery at Windsor College, 
but some years before me, and to a higher level.
I met Joan on a train last year returning to 
Reading after my friend and I had been to an art exhibition,
and Joan and her friend had been to a textiles
exhibition. I couldn't help tuning in to their conversation,
as kept hearing enticing City and Guilds words! It's
always good to meet like minded people, and I like the
coincidence of sitting next to each other on a train.
Gone For a Swim is a stitched textile piece inspired by
St Ives.
I am going to put the picture up in my studio as a reminder
to keep working hard on techniques and always aspire to
 greater things.

Gone for a Swim by Joan McQuillan

Detail of Gone for a Swim by Joan McQuillan

Saturday, 20 June 2015

The Scottish Colourists

Painting by Jane Greiner
I painted this portrait in art class last week.
It is from a photo of 1920's star Louise
Brooks and painted on a black background.
We have been looking at the work of the
Scottish Colourists, who featured
black backgrounds and heavy black lines
 in some of their work These four artists,
Francis Cadell, John Fergusson, G Leslie
Hunter and Samuel Peploe are among
some of the most admired early
twentieth century British artists.They were 
heavily influenced by French
Post-Impressionists such as Matisse.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Tag Tuesday-Out of Our Comfort Zones

Out of Our Comfort Zones
was the thought-provoking theme
for this week's Tag Tuesday
My tag looks simple, but it took a lot of
working out. Inspired by digitally manipulated
tags I have seen, such as by Pat Brennan, I thought
I would have a go at one, as I haven't done 
much of that sort of thing before. I don't have Photoshop
or other software, so used Open Office, which is
quite basic and suitable for a beginner.

The quotation I have used is by Rumi,
13th century mystic and poet from Persia,
who is currently the most popular poet in the 
United States. 
The font I used is called Eenvoudige Batik
Regular, and I followed instructions to download
it from the Graphics Fairy. (Very clear
tutorial and easy to follow). I liked the
embroidery effect.
I used wallpaper from Open Office for background.