Nostalgia Close street scene
Finally gathered together all the bits and had great fun putting it all in place.
Getting from here to there – a feline cunning plan?
First job was to eject the cat from the deckchair in the yard and he’s having a good stretch on the post box.
Looking a little cross, he’s spotted something of interest
Ah, the delivery ‘boy’ has parked his bike and there’s a rather rigid fish hanging out of the front.
From cat’s point of view, unguarded fish equals lunch.
What else is out for delivery?
Balancing by beetroot
Never having balanced a mini bike before I hadn’t realised you needed five hands. I’ve made small ridges in the pavement and used make-up to colour the wax.
The basket with the fish, the off-side pedal and the beetroot are all firmly waxed too!
(Ganley is the name of S’s late father’s wholesale green grocery, by the way.)
The deckchair has been taken over by one of the small boys. careless about how he leaves his comics.
And now we have two friends serenading the street lamp.
One of these dogs doesn’t even have a collar and who knows if either have a dog licence.
So, that’s probably it for Nostalgia Close until Christmas when I’ll light it all up once more 🙂
Back to the much needed sorting. I’m trying to bottom out everything in the Potting Shed and am, surprisingly, getting somewhere at last. Have kept putting off the wallpaper and fabric hoard, but will have to go there any minute now before they tumble out all over the place.
More than a little rough and ready
but up and working
Got a couple of hours today to continue with the light. Looking a better shape at least
In need of a hat – cold weather coming on, you know. Squaring up the top pieces ready to glue on
Hatted and in need of paintwork. Gives a nice shadow, though
Painted and lit
All asleep in Nostalgia Close
Not very bright, is it, and despite a little yellow colouring it’s still a very blue light – hey hum. I have, by the way, now sealed off that light bleed around the bobble on the top. Looks a bit like a white pom-pom on a woolly hat.
His Master’s Lamp Post?
Dog, lamp base and house
One or two other things to join with Nipper as part of the street scene I think.
Back to the lamp
The design seems OK but the finish is pretty bad; mostly bits of modelling clay, used at various joining points, that I couldn’t quite remove, the old sticky fingers plus bad moves with a paint brush and, of course, over handling. The lamp could be replaced by a ‘better’ run at it, but for the moment at least it stays 🙂
Lots of jumping around
Overview across frontage of porch of mud and run-off now in place
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Mud and straw to soak it up a little
Mud, stone and flowing waste water pooling at the corner
Pooling and flowing on
Down the side towards the boy in the window
and a closer look at the boy section. Looks more formal than a bunch of weeds.
Under the boy in the window
I’ve never been clear what this area under the window represents. Some fantasy or other but still can’t pin a name to it. So what’s to do when dressing it up so that it melds in? I don’t think I want to fill it in so all I could come up with that left it free to be still removable and not filled was to add more of the same as down the side of the porch. There was some logic to a little flowing water (but coming from where exactly????) dropping into the only formal drainage there is and flowing onwards.
Could also have done with some other shapes and heights for the greenery to make it look more random and less formal. Am playing with the idea of making/acquiring a water supply/pump with trough at or near that point which would at least explain away the draining water other than what is being thrown into the street.
Bits done but not a lot to show?
A short week of waiting whilst ‘things’ dry before being able to move on. Whether it’s newspaper glued in ridges, thick gloss glaze in channels, layerings of paint or your basic glue, they all take their own sweet time. Multiple tasks all needing the time and space to settle and dry.
Eventually I ran out of work surface or a clear area of floor where the bits could quietly do their thing in peace. It makes for a hazardous journey across from the door to the work-bench, avoiding the resting items, keeping elbows well in. Photos should be taken of anyone attempting this feat and then filed under Ministry of Silly Walks.
They’ve also been days of more steep learning curves for me, the only exception is playing with bits of newspaper and glue. Ah, sweet memories of doing this at school, and so I slide, somewhat stickily, right back into it, plodging away to make lovely mucky mountains and lumps and ridges, trying for the shapes I want. Yummy, there’s so much more or this to do, though this time I might use some air-drying clay paste as well.
Air drying clay paste recipe