This is my blog of all sorts of bits and pieces - the things I make, the things I do and the things I see. Its a mixture of art and adventures, workshops and ideas. Have a good scroll through and enjoy!
Have a look at my work: www.vanessastoneartist.com
I'm not really ever forced to draw - but this week away in the Peaks that we have just had was one such time as I fell down the tiny non-step at the holiday cottage we rented and really badly hurt my ankle. I ended up at the Minor Injuries Hospital at Buxton and had to spend the rest of the holiday on crutches and going for drives with ice around the very sore ankle... not good for a pair of walkers! It was pretty ropey weather too so actually, it made me stay still and just spend time looking.
Its great to do a drawing. I rarely think about developing these kind of sketchbook ones up into a paper cut as they are about something different than that kind of work. For me drawing plants you then and there in a moment. I could have taken a photo but it wouldn't convey the feelings and the feelings of the memories of these places as much as these drawings do. I can remember the instances much more clearly if I have made a drawing there. Its taken years to bat off the gremlin on my shoulder that knocks my confidence in my ability to draw and sketch like this. Being 50 helped! Age puts things into perspective and you just think what the heck and plough on. I have a little sketchbook full of these. They are intensely personal and if there was a fire - its them I would reach for before anything that had been manufactured!
Looking to Chelmorton......
In the car on the top of Snake Pass
Little drawing of the back garden at the cottage in Monyash
You will notice that there is a change of blog name to Vanessa Stone's Blog, from Scalpel in My Hand. Two reasons really... in that scalpel in my hand sounds a bit like I am a weird psycho!!! and also I am bringing my workshop blog under this umbrella too, so its easier to keep updated. Tow many things to update is too tricky with my time, as I have been really busy lately with lots of workshops, exhibiting , commissions and selling greetings cards, prints and tote bags! it's a very exciting time!
So please do keep this blog book markets and you will get to read about the things I have been up to!
Coming up on the 9th March is another papercutting workshop for adults. I am running on this coming Thursday but it booked up very quickly, so I am running an additional one. The Letchworth Settlement is a wonderful place with a distinct character of its own. It's special to just visit the building!
The evening workshop is for beginners and more advanced too....so if you have no experience, then do come along. I design projects that are very achievable so you go home with a finished piece and armed with knowledge and info sheets about where to get materials and equipment from.
The workshop is £17.00 per ticket. Workshop size is limited to 12 people. All materials are provided and I will be bringing homemade biscuits and tea and coffee on the night.