Strange, how subconciously I opt for this rather monochromatic colour scheme every January / February. This year I thought it wouldn't happen as we have had no snow, the daffs are starting to bloom and our general landscape has been pretty green and verdant.
And still it happens. After Christmas it's as if the eyes need a rest.
These Japanese woven fabrics are just the ticket for some kind of relaxation and a sense of peace.
Even if they do turn into a chicken quilt without me really thinking about what I'm doing! This one is for the kitchen table as Spring approaches.
Unbidden, this afternoon, six inches of snow fell in six hours. The first of the winter.
More fabrics laid out. More of the same easy hues.
I'm not sure what will happen to them!
But they lie here, winking!
A note in the sketchbook - snow surrounds the terracotta pumpkins.
January's diary shows a little more vibrancy. The month has been a difficult one with my Mum's failing health. After two months in hospital she is taken into a nursing home. We feed and water her. We make her comfortable.
Some solace in the sketchbook as printing is explored. Acrylic pears stamped with hand cut expanda-sponge and a watercolour dye wash.
The snowmen that my very good friend Tracy made me for Christmas are at last feeling at home in the seasonal weather.