Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Lovely Lefty...

Lefty is one of my favourite bears at Katmai National Park - after painting him, it's time to make him out of fabric!  He's a bit of extra work due to the amount of scarring he has, plus he only has one ear, the other being just a nub.
This one has a battery operated noise maker in his foot, so he kind of roars.  I have to find out if I can send it through the post internationally with this insert due to the battery - if not, then poor Lefty will have to have a bit of surgery!

 

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Blues...

I've found the whole lockdown/pandemic has affected my creativity quite badly over the past few months.  I've managed to paint during the day, but the time I used to spend knitting/crocheting/sewing in the evenings has taken a bad hit.  For one thing, I just do not feel inspired.  For another, I tend to pass out in front of the tv by about 8.30 and spend the rest of the evening dozing - perhaps it is my body's way of escaping!

I have found that crocheting throws using varigated yarn cakes has helped though - they are mindless, keep the hands busy, and at the end of it you have something pretty and useful with not a whole lot of effort.  This is the latest one in shades of blue.  Once it has been washed, it will be for sale in my Etsy shop - winter is on it's way and there is nothing more comforting than being wrapped up in a woolly blanket!
 

Friday, 4 September 2020

Handsome 503...


I completed this watercolour painting of  Bear 503 a couple of days ago  - very pleased with how it has turned out.  I'm now dithering as I have a buyer for it already but was also thinking to enter it into a watercolour competition...

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Dear 503...


 When lockdown began, I thought I would have so much extra time for painting - how wrong I was!  I forgot that with the rest of the family home, my time would be very much in demand elsewhere.  Even now, with restrictions easing up, I still struggle to find the time to sit at the easel.


At the moment I am waiting for photos for the next dog portrait - unfortunately, people forget that being an artist is also a job that brings in an income and that being told you have a commission and actually getting the reference photo at the same time would be nice.  So while I wait, I am painting a picture that I have wanted to do for months - yes, it's another bear and yes, it is my favourite Mr.503.  The water was quite time consuming but had to be done right - I don;t mind, I enjoy painting water.  It's not quite finished but I need to complete the bear before putting the final touches on the water.  Watercoloour on paper.


The other crafts are not doing so well - I just do not feel inspired to make anything new and find myself very weary by the time the evening comes around.  Part of the current world situation I think.  Instead I have been sewing masks - they are easy to do, I can vary the fabric to keep it interesting and I feel I am making a small contribution to help in the fight against Covid19.  Who would have thought a year ago that this would be where we are at...

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Dotty...

 I finally completed this this week - 'Dotty', Derwent Drawing and Coloursoft pencils on smooth watercolour paper.  It was a bit of a tricky one as the client wanted it done on a white paper - a white dog on white paper, involves a fair bit of jiggery-pokery! Thankfully there was a lovely watery green scene behind in the reference photo that I was able to utilise.


It's been tough getting time to paint during lockdown - everyone is home, they all need to have a piece of me apparently, and everything such as shopping takes twice as long what with the queueing, the washing, etc.  It's a shame, as painting is my way of escaping the daily trials and tribulations and what keeps me sane....

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Chunky Chunk...



I got a commission to make another Chunk - he's a big bear, with a very large behind.  Took quite a bit of stuffing!  This one is off to California to surprise someone.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Coo...





There's not been much to show on here the past couple of weeks - masks, masks and more masks.  I have been painting though, but that's not finished yet, and I have made this tiny pigeon out of felt.  He's to be used in a future animation.