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Captivated by the magic of working with glass, Rebecca Weddell creates beautiful and unique lampwork beads and offers a range of beadmaking courses.

Filtering by Tag: The Artist's Way

Official diversion

I treated myself to some glorious ‘me time’ today, and headed out of the Let Fire Inspire workshop for most of my lunchbreak. Mr LFI and I had been meaning to get out and about during the weekend, but what with an assortment of domestic goddessry, house painting and lawnmowing tasks higher on the priority list, we didn’t make it out for a walk.

Oh boy! Today I realised what I’d been missing out on. I’d written on my list:

Artist Date - go for a walk and find 15 signs of spring. Take pictures!

I was on my own, going at my own pace, looking and listening to see what I could find.

I met a ladybird, a squirrel, some incredible birch bolete fungi, hazel catkins, celandines by the stream, crocuses, daffodils, the first leaves of the bluebells we’ll be enjoying in April and May, tiny, tiny nettle leaves and lots and lots of birds.

I bumped into a friend who was busy working on the Community Garden Plot up at the allotments, and we had a super chat about everything and nothing. That was great, too.

Oh, and I got stabbed in the corner of my eye by the end of a twig when I was turning round in the wood. That wasn’t great. No lasting damage, though! #sillybilly

I was out for three quarters of an hour, leaving me time to have my soup when I got back to the workshop - and that time out there, for me, was just what I needed.

The air smells like champagne today - and I got to drink it in! Time out for me? #nailed it

The Artist's Way - a relationship

Since starting the 12-week course ‘An Artist’s Way’ I have found that I have significantly increased my production of beads at the torch flame. This means that not only am I amassing beads for my forthcoming events, but I’m almost ready to refresh my Etsy shop with new collections. It’s early days, but I’m feeling very inspired and motivated doing what essentially means going ‘back to basics’ to my love of my craft! Yes - just making beads!

‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron is a challenging course in ‘discovering and recovering your creative self’, and I’ve been enjoying working hard on the tasks over my first two weeks with the book. Readers of my last blog post will have found out about the weekly ‘Artist Date’, and I want to just share my experience of week two’s Artist Date here too.

I’ve been really looking forward to this, and today - Saturday - I seized the opportunity to walk down to the village and spend some ‘me’ time in Clara’s, the secondhand bookshop. It was busy in the village this morning, with lots of ‘hello’ and ‘how are you?’ and I made it into the bookshop just as it opened. Perfect!

I sort of knew what I was looking for, but sort of didn’t. I’d had a little thought about nature, and line drawings, small format, not too many words but enough to pique my interest, hardback, not too expensive - or indeed valuable, because my intention was to get my coloured pencils to it, and embark on a whole ‘artist relationship’ with it! I browsed shelves full of local history books, old Haynes manuals, cookery books, poetry books, plays and music scores, and hadn’t yet found my book.

But there it finally was, in the nature section. One of three volumes - I resisted the others - it’s ‘An Introduction to Nature 1’ by Richard Martin, illustrated by R. Stuurman. And perfect for this mild springlike spell in mid-February, Book 1 is ‘The beginning of Nature’s Year - The Trees - Birds’ Nests and Eggs - By the Lake and Pond - Frogs, Toads and Newts.’ The book, published by Blandford Press (no date evident!) is an amateur naturalist’s delight, and is set out beautifully with text, line drawings and colour illustrations.

On page 29 I learned that ‘the water flea has only one eye’.
Silver birches, so I understand, ‘give elegance to the landscape’.
And it’s heartening to know that ‘the earth provides nourishment for all Nature’.

I love this capital N for Nature - the author has given it emphasis and gravitas in its appearance as a proper noun - and rightly so, I’d say!

So, this is my book now - I chose it on my Artist Date, and I anticipate a fulfilling ongoing ‘Artist Relationship’ with it over the next days and weeks.

For my Artist Date this week I spent some time in a lovely second-hand bookshop. This is the book I came home with.

For my Artist Date this week I spent some time in a lovely second-hand bookshop. This is the book I came home with.

The illustrations are gorgeous! I’m particularly fond of blackbirds thanks to a tame one in our garden.

The illustrations are gorgeous! I’m particularly fond of blackbirds thanks to a tame one in our garden.

I’m a busy person, but I am deliberately spending more time on creativity. Yet I’m getting  more  work done as a result!

I’m a busy person, but I am deliberately spending more time on creativity. Yet I’m getting more work done as a result!


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