I have just finished my M.A in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and thoroughly enjoyed it. I consider myself an illustrator and I work for a company called 'Creative Minds' who take art and craft sessions to older adults and adults with learning disabilities. The following entries are my drawings and musings. All images are copyright of Kerina Strevens. Please contact me on my website kerinastrevens.co.uk.
I've been doodling around with old cottages again. No idea why I feel that inclination but let's roll with it. I've had a very quiet week and have another coming, lots of work, which is good. Not so much time to draw, which is not. I can't believe the shortest day is on the 21st of this month. You just begin to feel a little summery and then summer ends. Fortunately, we have a little more time before the dark and the damp rolls back in. I think I'm becoming allergic to dark and damp. I could do with a bit more sunshine and brightness. We've had no more small, furry creatures brought in recently, thank goodness. I had to put flea stuff on Flo's neck. Usually, this means I'm sent to Coventry for at least two days while she gives me death looks and walks out when I walk into a room. She seemed to cope quite well but this changed when she spent all night stamping all over me in bed. I think she's found a different way of getting back at me. Cats. Who would have them?
This is a card I made recently. What a week. This week, not R.J, but Flo (Flo!!) brought in a mouse to play with at about midnight. I heard the commotion in the hall and went to have a look. The mouse took advantage of the distraction and ducked under the bathroom door while Flo turned to me and gave me the 'what do you think you want?' look. I went and got the jam jar again. It didn't go straight in this time but backed itself into a corner and I had to manage to persuade it that I only wanted to help it get outside again. It went into the jar. It's back leg was broken. I picked it up gently and went and unlocked the back door and went out into the garden. I was in my pyjamas-again. I put it down but it didn't want to come out of the jar so I left the jar on it's side and went back in to lock up and lock the cat flap too, so it had half a chance. The cats really weren't impressed. The mouse had gone in the morning, I don't think it will last very long whatever has happened to it. So my question is, how many others of you have caught small rodents in jars to get them out of your houses? I've done it twice now. I don't want to be doing it a third time.
We went to Sutton Hoo this weekend, with my brother, sister-in-law and two nieces and my Mum. It was very nice and Mum is walking a bit more now. Trouble is, she realises now how much pain she is in with her other knee. They're going to have to do something to help her with pain relief if she has that one done next. I've been playing with the image above as it's not quite as I want it yet. I haven't had time to really sit down and work this week, so I was playing with this and adding effects. It's very entertaining but I can't get it to play here. I'll have a try with my face book page or Twitter. It amused me anyway. At Sutton Hoo, we watched two men getting a bees nest from a tree. I found that fascinating. The exhibition is quite small and they're going to build a watch tower at the end of the tourist season so an archaeological dig is being done where it is to be placed. It's a very serene place to visit and my nieces enjoyed themselves.
I've been messing around with art things this afternoon which has been very pleasant. I got a notification from google before I came on here, something to do with all this stuff about privacy and what information is collected about you. Apparently, I am supposed to make my readers aware of it. I can't actually see why, as I'm not collecting information about people on my blog. Apart from being interested in which countries visit, and the generally interesting bits like how many people have viewed, I really have no wish to collect information. As far as I'm concerned it's only the search engines and platforms that are collecting info to give to others. They get paid for it. Why would I want to collect anybody's information? Do they not think I have a life? So to sum it all up, big brother may be watching you, I don't know, but it's not me and if it is then I have never asked anyone to do it. I've asked for more information.
I had a great birthday. Mum and I went out for lunch and I was sent a beautiful cake, so it couldn't really have been a lot better. I've been trying to get back into a routine, as if I get out of my routines it takes me a long time to discipline myself and get back into what I was doing. Mum's knee is healing nicely and the physiotherapists are happy with her. We were up at the hospital this afternoon, I went for coffee and she was tortured by physiotherapists. It's working though, so they're doing something right. I got a parking space at the hospital too, which is sometimes a bit of a fight. It was definitely a fight this morning trying to park in Ipswich to visit my dentist for an annual check up. I ended up parking miles away and walking. The parking man was about as well, so I wasn't going to risk parking anywhere daft, I can really live without the expense of a fine, right now. Usually, you can get a space in the dentist's tiny car park but today it was jam packed and some twit had parked in the exit, so I had to reverse out into a busy road (something I usually avoid, I'd rather reverse in and get out the right way), or the car in front of me wouldn't have been able to manoeuvre either. It was more of a pain than my actual dental visit, my teeth are apparently fine.
I've had an afternoon to sit and doodle this afternoon, so I have taken it. It's been a bit difficult recently. Sitting down drawing must help me to relax, as when I don't I can feel the pressure build. We've had hospital visits, Doctor visits, one of the cats went to the vet and the other one has to go this week. I've begun to miss things that I would normally be very organised and not miss. In short, I've been a bit out of sorts. Mum is healing well, which is good. She's back out in the garden and I have to keep telling her off for forgetting her stick. All the flowers are out and the blooming grass keeps growing. It seems to be on fast forward at present. I put the mower away and it needs doing again. I have so many things I want to do and people I want to see that I don't actually know where to start.
Sorry that I haven't posted in a while. I've been looking after my dear old Mum who had a knee replacement recently. Mum is terribly allergic to opiates and so they couldn't give her the usual morphine to get rid of the pain. They tried a derivative of an opiate, a synthetic version but she ended up throwing up over her consultants shoes and passing out a couple of times. So all she could cope with was paracetamol. Not ideal and just meant she was in an awful lot of unbearable pain for a week or two. Knee replacements are supposed to be one of the most painful operations that you can have. On top of all of this, she had to put up with my cooking. I'm glad to say, she's well on the way to recovery now (despite my cooking) and we're coming out the other side. So things were a little difficult for a while but are sorting out now. The weather is also a bit better so it's onwards and upwards from this point on.