Sunday, February 12, 2006

spiders and boxes

We have finally given up the keys to the old flat and moved in to the new one in Nice.

Things did not go to plan and our carefully organised overlap to minimise disruption to web access and phones didn't work - best laid plans or mice and men etc.

We were also without electricity and gas for light, cooking, hot water and heating for several days -which ended up being good fun as we huddled round candles and talked and laughed at night.

Boxes and bags are still all over the house and need to be unpacked and so many things seem to have been put in boxes that were labeled somewhat inaccurately so we have have lost track the kettle and toaster among other things.

One thing that we seem to have brought with us from the other house are a few spiders, probably because some boxes were stored in the cellar for a while before moving.

The photos are of a large spider we found when we were clearing out the cellar - though this one did not end up moving with us.
The spider was inside a sports bag
The abdomen patterns reminded me of polished walnut wood.

An action shot as the spider ran across the fabric

Some photos

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Illustration Friday - Simple

I've been busy packing boxes and sorting out things for moving house, so this weeks Illustration Friday had to be very quick as well as simple.

I thought about drawing a single celled organism or maybe doing something with the old idea of simple -as in a medicinal plant or plant preparation.

In the end I decided to do a quick valentine card since we move house on valentine's day.

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Friday, February 10, 2006

Photo Friday - Blur

I thought this underwater photo- taken with an ultra cheap underwater camera worked for the theme of 'Blur'.

There are nine blurred fish in the photo plus some artefacts from sand and particles. I'm intending to get a reasonable digital underwater camera for this summer as i was severely bitten by the 'taking photos of fish' bug.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Illustration Friday- chair

The topic this week is 'chair'.
We are busy packing boxes for moving so i didn't have a great deal of time to work on anything. However i decided that i woudl have ago at painting my daughter's computer chair in the style of van Gogh's famous chair drawings and paintngs.

Its vaguely based on the chair and pipe painting with a box of onions in the background.

Since I'm allergic to onions and don't smoke, I've used a mini vase of bamboo twigs and a cell phone which are much more me. I've also used the patterned floor tiles [probably c1930] from this house instead of the plain terracotta tiles from the original.

It was pretty difficult using someone elses's perspectives and drawing style and i don't think i have quite managed what i wanted to do - but at least i have managed to finish it.

I wish I had found this much better image of the chair with pipe before starting the painting as that would have helped with getting the paint strokes right rather than going from memory

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Friday, February 03, 2006

Photo Friday = Disguise

A car cunningly disguised as a rose bush . Taken during the Bataille des Fleurs in Antibes last year.

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