BAKELITE MUSEUM

So after visiting  Kilve Beach,   we  came across this little museum called the Bakelite Museum.   I love exploring,  and so coming across little gems like this make it so  worthwhile. It is a huge collection or you could say ‘hoard’, of Bakelite objects, such as phones, light switches, clocks, kitchenalia, record players, toys  etc, not forgetting an old dentist chair complete with a set of  teeth!!. Kids weren’t keen on going,  but as soon as they entered the building,  which is an old barn on the side of the owners house, its appeal became immediately apparent.  Definitely worth a visit if you like ‘STUFF’ ! Theres also a quaint tea room  equipped with vintage tea cups and an old gramophone player.

Bakelite Museum Poster

Bakelite Museum Poster

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KILVE BEACH SOMERSET, FOSSILS AND ROCKS

Visited Kilve Beach,  just off the A39 is one of my favourite places and for the first time ever, although raining ,( it’s England !) , it was quite warm and not blowing a gale.

I love this place,  and have been here many times over the years.  Its a great place to look for fossils and there are some great examples of ammonites, which you can see in my photos.  I love rocks!

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The intrepid trio on Kilve Beach

The intrepid trio on Kilve Beach

My daughter draws a shoe by Jessie aged 10

After coming away from back to back  parents evenings, Ive never been more proud of both my girls! So i thought I’d share this sketch of a sports shoe, by my youngest Jessie(10).  Not only does Jessie love art , she is a budding thespian, playing Miranda in  The Tempest of which I’m doing all the scenery for! Watch this space.  The rest of these drawings are doodles and sketchbook stuff from my other daughter Mollie (12).

Jessie aged 10 , drawing of a shoe.

Jessie aged 10 , drawing of a shoe.

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Jessie aged 10 , drawing of a shoe.

Painting, step by step and layer by layer!

Just a few more to show you  which are new.  If you do like them or don’t please comment, as I need feedback!

INTERNALISED 2013

INTERNALISED 2013

CONFUSION 2013

CONFUSION 2013

 

So I’ve put up some finished paintings  last time and here is how I did some of them, using layers  and layers of colour.

First layer

First layer

2nd layer

2nd layer

3rd layer

3rd layer

FINAL PIECE

FINAL PIECE

This one is 100cm x 100 cm on canvas, but the one below is much bigger and sits  over the mantle of a fireplace.

LAYER ONE

LAYER ONE

LAYER TWO

LAYER TWO

LAYER THREE

LAYER THREE

Oil on board

Oil on board

 

 

UNIVERSITY BOTANICAL GARDENS, THIS PLACE IS AWESOME

 

 

 

 

On a cold wet and miserable day, you wouldn’t expect this, just down the road from my house… some nice tropical glasshouses, perfect for this weather.  University of Bristol Botanical Gardens.. Well worth visiting. I will go again and again.  Thanks to Christelle and Marcia for coming with me !

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Thought I’d share these with you. I bow down to the superior creative ability of my daughter aged 12

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My daughter bought these home in a battered plastic see through A4 folder, threw it at me and said ” there’s some stuff I did at art club after school”! The joys of being a parent! You learn something everyday! After primary school, it seems to me, you know less and less of what they are doing, and any question to address this is met by one syllable words such as; good, ok, no and yes or get out of my room!!!