Our children's Easter holidays finished today... a week before Easter! They had two weeks off school and we have had a great home-based holiday. There is a fabulous Science Festival on in Edinburgh, which kept them entertained for hours, full of hands-on things to try, including old fashioned photographic development. I was really impressed by their results and desperate to have a go myself. Unfortunately, only children were allowed.
To keep myself sane and to keep things moving with my artwork, I had to sneak in a bit of drawing when they were not looking. These drawings were done in various parks whilst they were off jumping on and off roundabouts. Obviously I should have been paying more attention when they went mud sliding on the grass at the Burrell Collection, but the drawing was going really well at that point... I ended up having to buy the oldest one new trousers as we were on our way to the ballet and I didn't think that muddy jogging bottoms were appropriate. Actually, I didn't think clean ones were either, but I'm not going to win every battle!
The ballet was Alice, a new one by Scottish Ballet in Glasgow. I really enjoyed it. The costumes were interesting, the set very clever and made me think about perspective and how I need to add it in my work. The music was also very pleasant.
This weekend, I have been allowed some child-free time and have been rapidly machining another sample piece with figures and cutting a huge stencil. I also was writing an article for Popular Patchwork on the Cindy Rennels collection of American patriotic quilts which I saw in Houston. As it was a lovely day I was able to sit outside typing on my laptop. Aren't they a great invention!