May 09, 2016

A new studio and a faerie Queen in the making . . .

Hello my lovelies, it's been a while! In fact it's been almost a year since I last blogged!
How did that happen, and where did the days disappear to? Being a creature of habit, it has taken me a good while to settle after our move last April. A new wee house to grow accustomed to, new lanes, fields and shore to discover, a new place to create in. Lots of busy days have passed and it has taken all my energy to settle into the new pattern of our life. Now at last I feel like I'm waking after a very long Winters nap, waking into the warm  May sunshine full of stories, happenings and creations to share!
I have so much to share, so where do I  begin?  Slowly I think, as it feels strange to be writing here again, like meeting with a long lost friend and not knowing where to begin in the catching up!  I have missed this blogging, and the connections with all you precious readers,  it feels so good to be back!

One of my most exciting happenings this year began with  a chance discussion with a fellow artist, that revealed the possibility of some local studio space becoming available. Having recently discussed the need for such a space with the very patient  Mr O (who never grumbled as he shared our home with an ever increasing array of paint, paper, brushes, pens etc) it was decided  I should go ahead and apply for a space. The WASPS Artists Studios is 'a charity that provided affordable studio space to artists and arts organisations across Scotland'. They are currently helping 800 artists, 12 art organisations and have 17 buildings. What a wonderful idea!   
Well I am very excited to say I am now the proud owner of a space at the WASPS studios in Kirkcudbright, a lovely light and bright space where I can have all my arty paraphernalia to hand. It has made a huge difference and feels lovely to go 'out' to work each day. It has made a much clearedr definition between home and work as well and means when I'm at work I am not distracted by weeding or dusting that is calling to be done! And when I'm not distracted I get to finish pieces that have long been in the making! 

Back in 2014 I had the idea that I wanted to do a companion piece for Autumn Bounty, inspired by references to magical things in  Shakespeare's  'A midsummer nights dream'. 

As I started to doodle and sketch, a 'Faerie Queen' began to appear, as did other fae folk, a magical hare, a drowsy bee and Summer time flowers.
She is the Queen of the faeries and leads the merriment on Midsummer's eve. 
If you are awake late on Midsummer's eve, you may happen across the faeries dancing by moonlight in ancient circles of stone, a wondrous sight indeed.
 But remember, do take care, you don't want to be caught or these fae may just cause you mischief. It is said that if you carry a sprig of rue in your pocket it will confuse those wee folk and you can be on your way!



Faerie Queen - Midsummer Magic' is available as limited edition prints in my Mythweaver shop.
I am so pleased to have finished her at long last and can't wait to see what my pencils will sketch for the next painting in the set 'Spring'

It feels so good to be blogging again and I look forward to next time, but for now I shall leave you as the garden is a calling, it's a glorious afternoon and I have seedlings to plant. 


15 comments:

  1. I guess its in the air, I just did a blog post as well, first one since last October, yikes. Good to see the studio, looks spacious and light. Lovely work, happy making!

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    1. Good to hear you got back to blogging too, I kind of miss it when I'm away! X

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  2. What a beautiful painting! I also love the image collage! Those pink boots! And heart shaped rocks!

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    1. Thank you Laura, I do loooove my boots 💛 Lovely to see you here x

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  3. wonderful Queen of fairies
    thank you for sharing

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  4. She's lovely, Ruthie! Really lovely :)

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  5. Hello Ruthie,
    nice to hear that you're okay.I also haven't written for a long time on my blog anymore. But sometimes it's important to have time for other things. Everything has it's time.
    Your studio is very nice and it looks very comfortable. Your Midsummer Faerie Queen has become enchanting. A fantastic work. This picture is an exact fit for Midsummer.
    Have a nice week.
    Hugs Susi

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  6. How very odd... I just returned to a bit of blogging after a couple of years! And in the last year I started sharing studio space... and one of my creations is Verdrianna, a woodsprite. Shared art space is just wonderful. So lovely to see your blog and your BEAUTIFUL work!

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  7. Welcome back to blogging Ruthie. Your art space is lovely, and your new piece is beautiful. I hope you feel well and truly settled in your new home now.

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  8. Your new studio looks lovely,bright and spacious. Like you I haven't blogged for several months but am now back and catching up with old friends.

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  9. Your studio looks wonderful - a lovely place to work x

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  10. Beautiful studio and art! Lovely flowers, too!

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  11. OOh! your new studio looks fantastic Ruthie! Wish I lived nearer and was fighting-fit, I'd be there like a shot.

    Hugs, Jane,

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    1. Dear Jane, I wish you did too, how lovely it would be to see you. X X

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