28 December 2013

Happy New Year

Well here we are on the last day of 2013 and all I can say is good riddance.  After the last few years I can only hope and pray to God that 2014 is the start of a new beginning in my life.  

Lots of money would be nice but the most important thing I want is good health from now on, because without that nothing else really matters does it.  

Wishing you all a 2014 full of peace, good health because without it we can't enjoy our lives can we,  prosperity because although money doesn't buy happiness it does make life bearable and finally creativity because as Picasso said 

"The purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls."


22 December 2013

Happy Christmas

Hope everyone has a Happy Christmas 

and best wishes for a happy, healthy and creative New Year


It is ages since I posted on here I've been concentrating on finishing my last Level 1 module Understanding Western Art for my Textiles degree.  It is being assessed in March then I can go on to Level 2 most probably after Easter if I can get the money to carry on.  

I've been very good at keeping to my gluten free diet but I've had some of the symptoms over the past few weeks and couldn't work out where I got the gluten from.  It turns out that glucose syrup isn't made from sugar as you would think but can be derived from wheat and a supposedly gluten free stock cube I used in soup had glucose syrup from wheat.  It is so annoying I seem to take 3 steps forward and 2 back.  I am cutting out anything that is processed and sticking to homemade when I can and hope that soon I will feel better because I am so fed up if feeling ill.  

24 June 2013

Coeliac disease

I've been Gluten free for 3 months now apart from the odd lapse (by accident) so I had to see the Gastro consultant this morning.  Although my blood test was negative and I chickened out of the endoscopy and biopsy he is happy with my family history of Coeliac disease to say that I have it.  I won't get bread on prescription though, I would have to go back to eating gluten and have the biopsy to qualify and I just can't face it.  He's sending me to see a Dietician and for a bone scan because coeliac's can be at risk of developing Osteoporosis.  There isn't a lot of follow up care as I don't have to go back to see him and my brother  hasn't seen a specialist since he was diagnosed over 10 years ago

My diet hasn't really changed that much but I am eating healthier than I have for years, more fresh fruit and vegetables and instead of buying processed foods I'm making my own meals from scratch.  Today for the first time I managed to get a half way decent gluten free bread as well.

Gluten is in the most unlikely of foods.  I'd been so good checking everything I bought so was feeling a lot better than I had done in months but a couple of times I felt ill and couldn't work out were the gluten was.  Once it was in the pickled onions I'd had with a salad.

26 April 2013

Abstract Art

As part of my OCA Textile degree course I had to study modern art in Understanding Western Art.  I've never really liked it but as I've learnt more I have started to appreciate some of it more.  I still think some of it is a case of the 'Emperors new clothes' you know what I mean ........ we are told it is art by the experts so it must be???

Anyway I thought I'd have a go at some Abstract art and here are a few of my attempts at it

Acrylic on Watercolour

and my favourite Oil on Canvas.

 I think I've inadvertently painted an abstract impression of ‘reflections’ in oil.  I can see it being a basis for a textile piece using my embellisher.

15 April 2013

Hillsborough .......

.... it is 24 years since Liverpool fans went to watch their football team in the FA cup semi-final and 96 didn't return.  At long last the families are nearing the end of their long journey for the Truth.

Justice for the 96

08 April 2013

Catalyst wedges....Gelli Plate

I'm debating whether to buy some of these to use in my art work.

29 March 2013

Coeliac disease???

I've not bee very well since before Christmas with stomach problems

My symptoms have included
  • Weight loss - 2 1/2 stones since November 
  • Lack of appetite - I've always enjoyed my food but some days I have to force myself to eat
  • Loose bowel movements
  • Bloating abdomen - I looked as if I was pregnant which is impossible
  • Stomach pains and cramps
  • Itchy red scalp
  • Tiredness - some days I could sleep for England
  • Foggy brain
  • Dizziness

so my GP sent me to see a Gastroenterologist at my local hospital for tests.  Coeliac disease runs in my family, my brother was diagnosed with it a number of years ago and I have a lot of the symptoms of it.  The blood test came back negative so I was supposed to have an endoscopy/biopsy but my brother said have a sedative because it was one of the worst things he'd had done.  I couldn't have a sedative because I live alone so I chickened out of having it done. I saw the consultant last Monday and he fully understood why I couldn't go through with it and although the blood test is negative he thinks because of the family history that I do have Coeliac disease so I've got to go on a Gluten Free diet for 3 months then go back to see him. 

01 January 2013

Goodbye 2012........Hello 2013

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year.

I gave up making resolutions years ago but this year I plan on completing Understanding Western Art my 3rd level one module towards my Textiles degree and make a start on level two which will be 'Developing Creative Textiles'.  I forgot to post on here my result from assessment for Exploring Ideas -  I was a bit disappointed when I got the result at the beginning of December,  I got 57% I thought I would have done better than that considering all the work I put in to it.  I wonder if they are tougher at marking now that they have changed the accrediting University?  I am going to have to really work hard on this next module if I want to get a higher mark.  You don't get a lot of feedback either on how you can improve your work :(