Sunday, 24 August 2008

Casey's moley in Ireland

Hi moley mates, I'm sorry that I've been a bit tardy in posting this moley.

Casey's moley arrived safely in a very wet and miserable Belfast on Tuesday, and now on Sunday evening I have time to really enjoy it's contents.

Casey started the "Freedom" theme with a lovely freeform expression of colour and texture in soft pastel. Casey did you use Unison pastels for this?, because if you did I'm beginning to see why they are so popular among soft pastel artists.

Then Lindsay threads some of Casey's colours into her dynamic mixed media landscape, using oil pastels and solid blocks of colour. I'm going to have a go at using oil pastels, I love the almost liquid effects that Lindsay has achieved with these.

Next, Brian's interpretation of "Freedom" introduces us to a very serene scene in soft pastels of a disused jetty, with lovely soft waterery effects and what I think is becoming Brian's trade mark greens.

So, what will I do?

I think that I will continue the pastel tradition already established in this moley, however as to subject. Well we will see.

Thursday, 21 August 2008


FYI: Lindsay's Moley is off on the road again and who knows where it will take us. Apart from stopping at Gesa's first!

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Our moleys... where are they?

I keep checking the blog to see what's where but must admit, I've got a bit lost as to the whereabout of our moleys...

As far as I can see:
Vivien has't got any, I don't have any, Lorraine is looking forward to get Casey's moley from Brian, David has Lindsay's moley.

Which leaves Steph and Casey? Casey, did you receive Vivien and my moley?

Do we want to stick with the previous order or mix the cards anew as Steph suggested in the previous post? I personally don't mind either way, am just looking for some reassurance that all the books are somewhere in someone's safe hands :)

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Vivien's Brainwave

I've just been catching up on people's blogs (kinda) and found that Viv's had a cool idea -'s a shame that we miss out on seeing much of some people's work - it maybe needs a mathematician to arrange a future exchange and work out permutations to change the order of sending the books a little? making books criss cross - making people partners so one time the book goes to A and the next book to B, winding in and out in strands so that the books keep moving ..... don't think my maths is up to it!......
I have no idea if this could work BUT I do think it's a great idea. It would give us the chance to see other people's work, and it would mean that we're not always following on from the work of the same artist each time. So, I have a suggestion. If we each look at which Moley's w have in our possession at present, and make a note of who is left on the list for it to be sent to (the original postal list is on the blog's side bar) then choose who you feel lie posting it onto, and send it, maybe putting a copy of the list in the handy pocket at the back of the Moley, and crossing out who's had it, so the recipient can see who is left on the list for it to be sent to. This may cause bottle-necks but I know I myself had 2 Moleys at once. Also, if anyone isn't inspired to draw int the one they have they could send it and add their name to the list in the back to get it again at some point in the future. So that way, everyone gets to paint (draw, whatever, you know what I mean) in each Moley, but we just jazz up the order.
I suppose people can post on the blog asking for a Moley if they have none at the time, or to say WAIT, I'm up to my neck in Molies (that spelling looks wrong).
Anyway, how do you guys feel about that suggestion?

Vivien's Brainwave

Sunday, 3 August 2008

An exhibition of our sketchbooks

Right take a deep breath!
Ohhhhhhh! I'm soooooooooooo excited!!!!!!!
Oh behave!

I have an announcement to make.


The library on the Belfast campus of the University of Ulster has agreed to exhibit our sketchbooks when they are finished!!!!!!!!

This is a long story, but this is how it goes. I was walking in to work (I work in the Textiles and Fashion Dept of the school of Art and Design based in the the Belfast campus of the University of Ulster.) one morning when I met the chief librarian.
Anyway Marion and I got chatting about how our summers were going and I mentioned that I was engaged in our moly exchange.
She was really interested and said,(God bless her wee cotton socks, I hope they turn to wool) that the library would love to display our sketchbooks.

Sooooooo, what do you all think?
Obviously, there is a bit to think about, timing etc. However, I thought that we should all have our original sketchbooks back around Christmas and if the exhibition was scheduled for, say February, we would have a month to enjoy our sketchbooks before they would be sent to Belfast for the show.

Please let me know what you think.
Best thoughts and regards