Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Slurping Salmon...

I've been working on this since my eye surgery - so good to be able to paint sitting properly and without getting a headache at the end of it.  This is a private commission of a cute bear cub using nearly all his paws to hold the salmon he is eating.  It may or may not be finished - I need to leave it for a day or so and think about that.  Watercolour on paper.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Primrose Yellow Lace...

This delicate little shawl has taken me months to knit, mainly because I have been making other things in between, but also because the yarn is so thin that it took a very long time to grow!  Knitted in the palest of yellow laceweight yarn, this is currently for sale in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

There's Something Going On...

I cut out and stitched 11 bears before I had my eye surgery.  This week I have been sewing on the soles of their feet and stuffing them.  When it came to trimming their muzzles I wore safety goggles...just in case, as no-one want a fluff induced eye infection!  All they need now are ears and tails and they will be ready to go.

I'm also back at the easel working on a commission and happy to report the new eyes combined with off the peg glasses are working just fine!

Thursday, 30 January 2020

I Can See!

The op on Tuesday went extremely well and I could notice the improvement almost immedately.  My vision hasn't been this good in years and years - I can see the topmost twigs on trees, colours are vivid (a jumper I thought was dark blue turns out to be purple!) and without my varifocals, I can negotiate uneven ground when walking the dog without stumbling.  It's miraculous!

I have to wear reading glasses still - but generic off-the-rack ones until I have my final 6 week check up and a new prescription.  I spent the day sewing yesterday - no more headaches!  Now today let's try painting...

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Second Eye...

I've been waiting since September to hear when my second eye operation will be and finally got the phone call straight after New Year's Day.  I'll be going into hospital at the crack of dawn on Tuesday for cataract removal and lens replacement on my right eye.  Now that I know it's just fifteen minutes of discomfort followed by a miraculous improvement in vision, I am so impatient for it to be done.  The past five months have been manageable with the help of a magnifying lens, altering my painting position, and various other small changes, but for the past few weeks it's been getting more and more difficult to paint.  The one remaining lens in my glasses is getting scratched and blurry and it is a varifocal so not supposed to be used for close work.  As a result, I paint for about three quarters of an hour then start to feel an ache in my 'good' eye and a headache follows.

I've managed to complete most outstanding commissioned work this month - the one remaining painting is not a rush job so I will hold off until I can see it properly!  I've cut out and sewn the seams to 11 stuffed bears, but only completed two - again, no rush for the others.  I've also managed to get any pending doctor/dentist/hairdresser/groomer appointments over and done with this month as I know I won't be able to drive for a while and am supposed to stay away from dirt and antyhig that might cause an infection.

So it's all systems go for Tuesday - see you on the other side!

Tuesday, 21 January 2020


The latest commission completed - Orla, using Derwent Drawing and Coloursoft Pencils on pastel paper.

Sunday, 12 January 2020


Here is the first commission of 2020, a little dog called Fergie who sadly passed away just before Christmas.  Apparently this was her favourite sitting spot - reminds me of our little Jasper who used to spend most of his time looking out of the patio door at the squirrels and birds.  Even with the door open he would sit there!

Painted in watercolour on paper.  Next up, pencil portrait of another deceased dog...