Sunday…with Weekly Snaps

September 25, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Art - Autumn - Brighton - colour - cycling - exhibitions - London - My Home - short poem films - texture - The Shed - Weekly Snaps - workshops

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I’ve not been quite on the button with my Weekly Snaps since the Summer for some reason..I’ve been having to play catch up on a few weeks, this being another…anyway, here’s 2 weeks worth of them!

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You can see the Steller Story version here and book a December workshop here

 

Friday…with Winter Workshop Dates

September 16, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Autumn - Brighton - colour - My Home - Winter - workshops

photo-16-09-2016-17-39-53I am always, always surprised at how long it takes me to organise what seems like something very simple, and then always even more amazed when I think I’ve actually achieved it…but at least now there are tickets available for my Christmas Workshops in Brighton, even though at the moment it seems miles away!

If you’d like to come you can book a place here, and also have a look at my Workshop page here, and also do feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions at 5ftinf@gmail.com

I only have a small place here, therefore tickets are very limited, so if you miss out and would like me to run either a one to one or a small private workshop, please just ask and I can always try and sort something out.

This year’s Christmas workshops will be a little different from last year’s but you can have a look at this post from last December to get a feel for things…
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Sunday…Weekly Snaps

September 4, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Autumn - Brighton - colour - cycling - exhibitions - London - moving stills - texture - Weekly Snaps

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This is a catch up of 2 weeks as I didn’t manage to share them last week…

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Thursday… with early Autumn

September 1, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Autumn - Brighton - colour - cycling - moving stills - My Garden

Photo 01-09-2016, 10 53 18I’ve been desperate for September to arrive so that I can talk about Autumn and the wonderful sense of change it brings: it’s smells, it’s colours, it’s light, it’s sounds, without feeling like I’m betraying Summer (…I’ve always felt a bit guilty that August is my least favourite month of the year! )

This morning I tried a new cycling route which was so beautiful; passing fields, flocks of little sparrows taking off from hedgerows, tractors in the distance, brown seed heads alongside greenery, a golden edge to the light and soft bird song…

The ride, with the season softly soaking up the countryside inspired me to create something at home…Photo 01-09-2016, 08 48 30 Photo 01-09-2016, 08 56 41 Photo 01-09-2016, 09 05 44 I had picked a couple of thistles and some of the brown seeds above ( I’m not sure what they are ), but I wanted to recreate the feeling with plants from my own garden…Photo 01-09-2016, 11 32 56 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 29 57 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 34 29 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 26 12 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 35 16 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 25 08 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 38 17 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 24 16 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 23 37 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 23 28 I got a bit distracted by tidying up my scruffy window boxes…Photo 01-09-2016, 11 22 28 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 23 19 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 52 46 Photo 01-09-2016, 11 52 34 I like them looking a bit wild, but they definitely needed a sort out, so I added succulents I’ve been growing in pots and some white cyclamen…Photo 01-09-2016, 11 55 32 Photo 01-09-2016, 12 10 51 Photo 01-09-2016, 12 49 06 Photo 01-09-2016, 12 01 22 Photo 01-09-2016, 12 49 58 …and so to the arrangementPhoto 01-09-2016, 10 55 54 ( I had also found 3 conkers on the side of the road from my ride when I was nearly home )Photo 01-09-2016, 10 55 17 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 55 24 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 55 47 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 55 05 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 54 54 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 54 15 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 47 34 Photo 01-09-2016, 10 54 04

You can see the Steller Story version here

Friday…with Monteverdi Italy

August 26, 2016

Filed Under : collaborations - colour - Summer - trips

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Deciding where to go on holiday has never been my forté…I research things a bit, usually heavily relying on images, but then I always get a bit overwhelmed, suddenly convinced I don’t have a clue and just want a magic wand to be waved; all decisions made, rooms booked, flights sorted, and then when the time comes to basically be transported in a Star Trek like way to where it is I have to be in order to relax…( and it’s the pressure to relax that usually cripples me after about 3 days into a holiday! )

So this year, I was definitely enticed by some beautiful images that kept popping up of Hotel Monteverdi in Tuscany…I wanted that nature, the hills, the calm interiors…and of course a swimming pool and fantastic food!

We wanted to split the holiday between a short hotel break in the hills and renting the amazing Casa Guidi in Florence ( which you can see here ) and so we decided on Hotel Monteverdi in Castiglioncello del Trinoro and after a straightforward car journey from Florence airport we arrived at the beautiful village. The hotel is basically the entire village with a collection of stunning gardens and rooms, housed in original rustic buildings, overlooking the Val D’Orcia region of Tuscany towards Montepulciano and Siena.

There are loads of wine tasting and foodie type trips which you can go on, with amazing locations, but to be honest all I wanted to do was quietly read a book in a gorgeous garden, and really I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing hotel garden than this…it was personal, not too large, scented, shaded and very quiet…Photo 30-07-2016, 08 09 00 Photo 30-07-2016, 09 09 11 Photo 30-07-2016, 08 09 45 Photo 30-07-2016, 08 11 36 Photo 05-08-2016, 08 37 26Photo 30-07-2016, 08 15 18 (1) Photo 01-08-2016, 09 49 27 Photo 30-07-2016, 08 20 59 Photo 25-08-2016, 17 39 26 Photo 05-08-2016, 08 13 23I’ve always been an early morning person; and the breakfasts at Monteverdi really were the best! Before the sun gets too hot, sitting on the terrace with coffee, orange juice, croissants, pecorino cheese, local salamis and perfectly boiled eggs was my idea of breakfast heaven!
Photo 05-08-2016, 08 11 50Photo 05-08-2016, 08 13 08Photo 05-08-2016, 07 11 31Photo 30-07-2016, 08 22 47Photo 30-07-2016, 07 05 18I found the best bit of being in the hotel village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro was quietly mooching around and ‘investigating’, ( as my brother and I used to call it ); punctuating reading and dipping into the pool with short walks, listening to cicadas, watching little green lizards disappearing into walls, smelling the lavender, and just looking at everything…at the views, the textures, the colours, the plants. I find it really difficult to actually ‘stop’ and the practice of really seeing and sensing where I am always calms me down…
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Photo 02-08-2016, 15 22 52 Photo 02-08-2016, 15 20 04 Photo 02-08-2016, 13 54 40 (1) Photo 02-08-2016, 14 25 34 (1)Photo 01-08-2016, 13 29 42 Photo 01-08-2016, 14 08 50 Photo 01-08-2016, 14 34 54 Photo 01-08-2016, 14 40 38 Photo 01-08-2016, 14 37 47Photo 02-08-2016, 14 37 19 Photo 02-08-2016, 14 39 37 Photo 30-07-2016, 17 08 46 Photo 30-07-2016, 17 10 55 Photo 30-07-2016, 17 13 07 Photo 30-07-2016, 18 47 15But one of the other wonderful things about this hotel is the space…it’s a village after all, and during peak season in Tuscany everywhere was crazy with people, but Casteglioncello del Trinoro isn’t at all…the village is a complete sanctuary from the bustle of Summer tourism…Photo 31-07-2016, 17 37 12 Photo 31-07-2016, 17 36 47 Photo 31-07-2016, 16 45 26Apart from their fine dining restaurant there is also the lovely Enotica where you can have a quiet bite to eat, a glass of wine, wonderful cakes and ice creams,  ( as well as daily wine tastings! )
Photo 31-07-2016, 16 42 28 Photo 05-08-2016, 10 08 01And… they also have a Spa!

A spa session in the hot, late afternoon was such a treat, and the only time I have ever laid outside in a carved marble bath, water sprinkled with lavender from the gardens, listening to the cicadas…I think that this was probably the peak of my doing nothing and stopping…Photo 03-08-2016, 18 04 28 Photo 03-08-2016, 17 58 51 Photo 03-08-2016, 17 55 13 Photo 03-08-2016, 17 57 12 Photo 03-08-2016, 17 58 08 Photo 04-08-2016, 11 03 05But it was the Tuscan sunsets which completely blew me away…I have never seen such wonderful purples and pinks descending over hills, every evening…it was absolutely incredible and like some sort of natural magic trick…
Photo 30-07-2016, 19 31 00 Photo 30-07-2016, 19 31 56 Photo 30-07-2016, 19 25 21 Photo 01-08-2016, 19 32 02Photo 03-08-2016, 19 29 10And then to be able to sit in the Oreade Resteraunt in the evening watching these sunsets was amazing.

I absolutely loved the restaurant, and the Maître D, Fabio, was brilliant, as was Simone…they were so helpful and always made our meals feel very personal. On our last night, after the amuse bouche, which were like delicate pieces of taste art, we shared such an incredible local steak, carved for us at the table, with locally sourced vegetables. In fact so much of the food is locally sourced including, obviously, wines and even their beers.

I’m usually predominantly a savoury person, but I have to say that the deserts here were some of the best I have ever tasted…it wasn’t just what they were, it was how they were put together; the combinations of tastes and textures, and their chocolate orange desert is something I would  now demand as a last rite!
Photo 04-08-2016, 19 57 19 Photo 05-08-2016, 08 12 25But, as I’ve said before, it was the pottering at Monteverdi which I really loved…the doing of nothing!
Photo 30-07-2016, 08 28 48 Photo 30-07-2016, 09 12 45 Photo 30-07-2016, 07 05 18 Photo 30-07-2016, 07 58 36 ( I found an old Siamese cat there too! )Photo 30-07-2016, 08 06 26 Photo 25-08-2016, 17 40 55 Photo 01-08-2016, 07 39 27Photo 01-08-2016, 07 38 43 Photo 01-08-2016, 07 39 47 Photo 01-08-2016, 07 54 30But one of the biggest treats of all was when Costanza, ( who puts together all the beautiful and very natural flower arrangements at the hotel ), brought me a box of hand picked fruit and flowers for me to ‘play’ with…this was the absolute highlight of my stay!
Photo 03-08-2016, 13 26 55Photo 03-08-2016, 11 28 15Photo 03-08-2016, 11 36 29…and you can see what I created with this box on this post here

So at the end of the week, although we were excited about going on to stay in Florence for the last part of our holiday, it was also a bit of a wrench having to leave our Monteverdi sanctuary…
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Friday…with Italian Arrangements

Filed Under : Arrangements - colour - Summer - trips

Photo 03-08-2016, 12 34 55During our stay in Tuscany at Hotel Moneverdi, I got chatting to the lovely Costanza at the hotel who was responsible for all the exquisite floral arrangements at the hotel…she completely understood my love for colours, nature, flowers and fruits and the next day this box turned up from Costanza and the hotel…simply for me to play with!

I was completely in my element and SO happy!Photo 03-08-2016, 13 10 25Photo 03-08-2016, 13 05 40 (1)

The following photos are the visual process of that playing…Photo 03-08-2016, 11 30 23 Photo 03-08-2016, 12 54 59 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 28 15 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 27 43 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 34 00 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 32 37 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 36 29 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 47 03 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 49 41 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 09 10 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 56 44 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 03 25 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 03 25 (1) Photo 03-08-2016, 11 40 00 Photo 03-08-2016, 12 28 17 (1) Photo 03-08-2016, 13 00 39 Photo 03-08-2016, 13 26 55 Photo 03-08-2016, 12 25 50 Photo 03-08-2016, 12 15 04 Photo 03-08-2016, 12 27 07 Photo 03-08-2016, 12 18 49 Photo 03-08-2016, 12 34 55 Photo 03-08-2016, 12 43 13 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 43 59 Photo 03-08-2016, 11 36 36 Photo 03-08-2016, 12 41 24 Photo 04-08-2016, 08 46 58

You can see the Steller Story here 

Sunday…Weekly Snaps

August 21, 2016

Filed Under : Art - colour - moving stills - My Home - short poem films - Summer - texture - trips - Weekly Snaps

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I’ve got slightly out of sync with my Weekly Snaps, but here’s a selection from the last 10 days…Photo 12-08-2016, 11 05 15 Photo 13-08-2016, 11 46 16 Photo 14-08-2016, 08 04 43 Photo 14-08-2016, 09 37 37 Photo 16-08-2016, 08 43 01 Photo 16-08-2016, 15 45 32 Photo 16-08-2016, 20 12 27 Photo 18-08-2016, 10 08 39 Photo 18-08-2016, 13 07 23 Photo 19-08-2016, 09 41 05 Photo 20-08-2016, 12 22 47 Photo 20-08-2016, 22 32 55 Photo 20-08-2016, 22 35 40 Photo 21-08-2016, 18 26 33Photo 18-08-2016, 18 24 10 Photo 14-08-2016, 11 40 07 (1)Photo 20-08-2016, 18 21 46

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Photo 21-08-2016, 15 57 12 my son rigged up a slide projector in the bathroom…Photo 21-08-2016, 15 12 31 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 56 26 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 11 27 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 19 11 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 06 33 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 52 12 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 42 58 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 05 24

…and also a bit of Super 8

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Saturday…textures

August 20, 2016

Filed Under : Art - texture

Photo 20-08-2016, 12 22 47 Sometimes abstract textures are all that my head wants…they’re simple, and for me very connected to feelings; looking at texture compositions is like an emotional injection rather than a slow release tablet…I’m inspired hugely by texture and strive to incorporate elements of my collected textures within my paintings…( I have another instagram account @outsidesense which is purely texture and more like my photographic sketchbook for my paintings )Photo 19-08-2016, 09 21 09 Photo 17-08-2016, 16 57 34 Photo 07-08-2016, 08 48 30 Photo 20-08-2016, 17 20 42 Photo 17-08-2016, 17 03 52 Photo 20-08-2016, 12 22 36 Photo 07-08-2016, 09 00 49 Photo 07-08-2016, 07 38 24 Photo 07-08-2016, 08 16 37 Photo 06-08-2016, 08 51 17 Photo 06-08-2016, 08 28 14 Photo 07-08-2016, 08 30 16 Photo 01-08-2016, 06 46 10 Photo 07-08-2016, 08 38 46 Photo 01-08-2016, 06 45 47 Photo 01-08-2016, 06 45 37 Photo 20-08-2016, 17 22 14Photo 20-08-2016, 18 15 19

You can see the Steller Story version here