For a treat after the hard work of Artweeks, I went on a spending spree, armed with a (magnificent) budget of £40 to find some blue glass bottles. In the end I saw some fake-old coloured bottles, recycled glass and and one that didn’t measure up to any of mine. But this is what I bought…for £42.45.
- Two rusted enamel jugs, of different shapes, which is much better than painting the same one twice. I think it will need to be a larger painting than the usual 15cm x 15cm. They appeal to me because they are authentic although my usual rule is that I want to be able to caress the surface of a beautiful object. I also like white on white!
- Two little stone jars – and again being different, they can pose together or separately.
- 1 Hillstonia Earthernware jug, with the typical small pouring lip (I must try it out and see if it dribbles). There was another larger one, which was identical, so it seemed pointless to get it. There is a gentle shade modulation over the surface of this jug which absorbs light rather than reflects it
- 1 lacy hanky made of bobbinlace, beautifully hand-finished. We are probably looking at at least 20 hours of work here. I frighten myself by wanting to paint such fine detail, because another part of me wants to just do wild expressive brushstrokes.
- 1 tiny silverplated teaspoon with an embossed handle. I already have a little spoon but it’s nice to have variety!
All in all, a good day out and a nice few hours of browsing. I’m already regretting saying no to two little jugs – (another £11) but we go right past there on the way to my brothers’ on Sunday, so maybe?