“Carnevale di Venezia”

My hands are aching from a weekend of Extreme Knitting, finishing a piece of work for the Jersey Textile Showcase at the same time as submitting seven pieces of work for the upcoming “Out of the Blue” exhibition at Rum’s Eg Gallery.  Fingers crossed that “Carnevale di Venezia” makes it to Jersey before the submission deadline tomorrow.

"knitted picture of a Venetian mask"

hand knitted picture


Learning the Craft of Drawing

A couple of weeks ago a friend asked if I would like to join her on a Classical Drawing experience day at the Real Art Academy in Boscombe.  We had a fantastic time and I was so excited by their approach to teaching that I joined up on the spot.  I have now completed three of my eleven, three hour sessions on their introductory drawing and painting course.  Based on an Atelier approach and taught by the wonderfully enthusiastic Martin, I can see the improvement in my drawing already.  Better still, the mix of experience in the studio at any one session helps you to see what you are aspiring to without leaving you feeling like you are the only one in the room who can’t do it!

"charcoal drawing of female bust"

Charcoal drawing number 1, my first session



"charcoal drawing"

Charcoal drawing number 3, my third session

So, three sessions in I am confident that with Martin’s great teaching style and encouraged by the camaraderie of the Academy, 2014 is going to be the year that I finally get to grips with the “Craft” of drawing!  Watch this space…….



“Kiara” a knitted sketch

Sometimes I have to force myself to persevere with a piece.  It is so easy to stop part way through thinking it isn’t working.  At this stage I behave in one of two ways: either I throw my toys out and rip the work out, or if my voice of reason is around at the time (long suffering husband) I am persuaded to put the work onto a vertical stand and leave it for an evening or more propped up on a chair in the living room where I can glance at it from time to time whilst doing other things.  More often than not when this second situation arises I am drawn back to why I started the piece in the first place and ideas develop as to how to continue.  “Kiara” was such a piece and thankfully I chose the second path and finished it.  This picture is definitely one to view at a distance to get the best effect.

"knitted life sketch"

Hand knitted “sketch”

And the 3 minute warm up sketch that inspired it…..

"3 min life drawing pose"

charcoal on paper

“Frankie in Ink” or maybe “A Rorschach Test”

It’s funny how some pieces of work take much longer to finish (and in the case of this one, start) than others.  When I created this water blasted ink life drawing last Summer I knew that it was going to become a knitted piece but it took a bit of courage and a couple of false starts to actually produce it.  As much of my recent work has been quite stylised and dare I say it “pretty” I kept shying away from this more obscure and almost abstract image, but at the same time I kept being drawn back to it.  So, here it is, a more adventurous picture than the rest in the series but I kinda like it.  Hope it grows on you too.

"knitted life painting by Nicky Barfoot"

Hand knitted “painting” in a merino/alpaca yarn with mohair and embroidery cotton