Friday, 18 July 2008

Long walks and rainclouds



THIS DAMP hanging curtain of cloud has been sitting knitting raindrops over these hills for weeks now, and everything is dripping.
Tui has been fighting a battle with sneaky little leaks in the wooden body of the truck. When it rains heavily, deft little raindrops find their way through 30-year-old screw holes and down the sides of windows and he chases them out again with good old silicone sealant.
Yesterday we drove off up and down a few hills to a Town to buy some groceries and passed a cheerful looking lady in suitable rain gear pulling behind her what can only be described as a tent on wheels. On the side of it were the words "Rosie's World Run" and we waved at her because she looked interesting, and she waved back. And we waved again when we passed her on the way back. On further investigation it turns out that she is walking round the world on a very low budget in the spirit of seizing the day. She is 61 years old or thereabouts and has passed through such chilly places as Siberia and Alaska before trundling through our misty hills. You can read and see more here.

I am busying away like a ticking bee on the clocks... and am chuffed indeed at the enthusiastic response from folk. I think I have settled on a price for now - £90 for a random Rima-clock that pops up in the shop, and £150 for a commission/custom order. How does that sound? I have a fair old little queue of orders at present so it may be a while before any random clocks pop into the shop!

In the meantime while you're all twiddling your thumbs, I'll tell you that I have a nice little nest of small prints for sale in my shop now.. they measure 7 inches by 5 inches ... if you have any little empty picture frames that need their bellies filling.


19 comments:

herhimnbryn said...

Hallo again,
Rain here too, but oh, how we need it. Drips everywhere, but the elegant leaves of the euclyptus are enhanced by it all.

I love the enchantment of your blog.

Ellen-Mary said...

She reminds me of Peace Pilgrim. http://www.peacepilgrim.com/
For nearly 30 years she walked around North America. She was an interesting woman.

Rima said...

That's really interesting Ellen-Mary, I'd not heard of her, and yesterday would have been her 100th birthday! :)

Ally said...

That sounds very fair and the perfect solution to your pricing problems.
Take care,
Alison

Vita said...

your clocks look amazing! I totally missed that the other shop is already open. i will be sure to go back and hunt for one of them.
the cattle in the corner of the pic adds a great atmosphere to the prints. Everything you surround yourself with seems part of your world.

paula said...

Hi Rima

Thanks for dropping my place! I've been busy painting a Lion and a Tigers for an exhibition... and drawing things for my new book project with RH :o)

Hope the sun pops out soon up there in Scotland, there's some big rainclouds rolling around here too, but they're currently passing by quite peacefully.

Rosie's round the world run sounds amazing! What a brave woman!

And your clocks are goooorgeous!

paula x

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Sounds cold and damp there, but such a beautiful hill photo. I am such a sucker for mist and rain. Thanks for the scoop on Rosie, she has a cunning tent and lots of spirit. Chuffed is a fantastic word, am going to try introducing it on this side of the pond. Happy clocking! :~))

Ciara said...

Oh Rima, Those prints! But how can I choose which one? I love so many! Tho at that ridiculous price I may just choose two... or so...

I feel like we are barely keeping the rain clouds at bay here. They blow over the mountains and rain themselves out before they reach the sea, at the moment. Still, rain does get my creative juices flowing!

What an amazing woman Rosie is! And she's nearly home. How would you follow that? :-)

willow said...

Very reasonable price for your amazing clocks, Rima. And thanks for sharing Rosie's story. She is amazing...the map of her travels is unbelievable!

Jess said...

Oh Rima you have such a beautiful way with words! I might have forgotten to tell you how wonderful I think your new clock web-site is. The background music is PERFECT! ;)x

Vickie said...

Your clocks are wonderful and so interesting. Too bad the rain is socked in. You could send some my way. It's very dry here in Montana at the moment. Anyway, love the clocks.

tlc illustration said...

I think that is a good clock-pricing compromise - for the time being at least. :-)

I'll let you know as soon as the one that is winging its way here arrives.

an-su said...

Hello out there !
I'm a what should be called a *newbie* childrens books illustrator, and I've been watching your works since a few weeks ago - when I came across your etsy shop, from there I landed to your site, blog, and so on. And each time I'm stunned again and again...

The price you set for the clocks seem very reasonable to me too (I'll almost say too reasonable) - they are your original artwork !

:)

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Rima, award for you at my blog, come and pick up when you have the time.

red-handed said...

Nothing succeeds like success, eh? Good for you; it's smashing work.

kiakkio said...

Hello Rima!
We are Alessia and I visiting your blog... Alessia thinks: WOW!!! Let's go and visit her in Scotland!
I think: I wish!

:)

herhimnbryn said...

Dear Lady R,
Thankyou for adding my little place to yr links. I am honoured muchly. Joyful Dog offers you his paw.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Wow, thanks for the gypsy info on Black and White animals, that IS important. We didn't know it, we just liked the look. BTW that is Tyler looking so pettable.

Yoli said...

Oh Rima, I can't wait to see my clock!!!! I am glad you have settled on a price. I am sure as it takes wing your new enterprise will be pricier. I am just glad to be able to own such a magnificent piece of art. I will hang it in my daughter's bedroom, so she can dream of times gone by.