Saturday, 10 October 2015

Alas, Poor Rudolph...

I made this...I know, I have a warped sense of humour. It's a mini Rudolph trophy to hang on the wall, complete with his ribbon & jingle bell.  This one is spoken for, but I can make more if asked...

I bought a book last week called 'Magic Cakes' which contains recipes for cakes that separate into three distinct layers while cooking.  This idea took my fancy and I started with the coffee cake - this is how much washing up it engendered...
It was also huge and needed a larger tin than I expected:
And then I couldn't get it out properly as the bigger tin was not silicone and I didn't have any baking parchment.  However, from the bits I ate while tidying up the edges (!), it is delicious and is sitting in the fridge waiting for dinner time today.  More like a dessert than a cake though.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

I've Been Picked!

I was very chuffed this week to find out one of my pet portraits has been selected for the Artists & Illustrators magazine Editors Pick.

I wonder if I'll have one in the actual magazine?

I'm feeling a little apprehensive over the contents of this month's Art & Parcel - charcoal, a giant graphite stick, graphite powder? After the white ink/diffuser debacle earlier this week, I'm not sure I should be let loose with any of these!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Fishing Bear & Tweed Triceratops...

 This is my first attempt at painting a bear using one of the reference photos I took from the webcam in Alaska.  There was not much colour in the photo so I had to do a lot of it from memory plus some guesswork!  I think if I was to do this again, I would omit some of the background, but onthe whole I am quite pleased with it. 

I nearly ruined it in the final stages however - I wanted to use my new diffuser to spray white acrylic ink over to give the effect of water spray.  This was not as easy as I thought, as the ink clogged up the tube a little and I ended up hyperventilating to get it to work.  There was some strategic placement of kitchen paper to prevent it going everywhere as it is quite hard to control.  Just when I thought it was done and dusted, I picked the diffuser out of the ink bottle & reached across my painting to put it into the water pot....and dripped huge gobbets of white ink all over the bear!  Argh!  Luckily I managed to get it out very fast.

I'd like to try another one using what I learnt here, but next up is a dog portrait.
I also finished this triceratops today - he's made from some fancy Harris tweed that I bought at Thread the other day.  It is a nightmare to hand-sew as it frays very easily, but once it is sewn, the end result is sturdy enough.  This was using a Japanese pattern I have.
The horns etc. are from orange felt.  This took a while to assemble, but always worth going the extra mile as the detail are what makes it special.  He is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Lazy Bum...

I have about 6 WIP's on the go this week, as well as a painting.  I have been putting some work in, but as Mr.B is off work for a week and the weather has been beautiful, we have been out and about while we can.
After discovering that Clovis can travel in the car without throwing up (always a bonus!), we took him for his first visit to the beach.  He was a bit overwhelmed by it all - that's a lot of sea!

He spent some time off lead, but then saw a pretty greyhound that took his fancy and sprinted off over the dunes in pursuit, so had to be kept on the lead for the rest of the day, just in case.
We had a picnic on the beach, I even went paddling, and Stacie came home slightly sunburnt.  Not bad for 1st October in Britain!

Currently on the needles: a gorilla, a scarf, a blanket, some wristwarmers...
Being sewn: a tweed triceratops
On the easel: a fishing bear - three dog portraits waiting in the wings

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Hang Us On Your Wall...

There is a Nudinits calendar for sale, just in time for your Christmas present buying needs!

Check it out here - go on, you must know someone who needs a little knitted nudity on their wall!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Bear Necessities...

 I have about ten WIP's on the go at the moment - not sure why, I think I am just so keen to make everything I see at the moment.  I really should concentrate on one at a time.  In the meantime, I have been having great fun watching bears..
 Since I doubt that I will ever be able to afford to go to Alaska to see them in person, I have been following a website called which has webcams in all sorts of interesting places around the world.  My favourites are the cameras watching brown bears gorging themselves on salmon.  Then last week I discovered something quite mind-blowing - I could take photos using my tablet of what I was watching & send them to myself!
So although they are a bit grainy and some are not the best poses, I have a collection of photos that I can use as reference for paintings with no worries about encroaching on anyone else's copyright.  I am champing at the bit to get started!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015


Completed yesterday and will go off to his new home tomorrow.  Painted in acrylics on board. 

Christmas is fast approaching and it takes time to paint a picture - if you feel like commissioning a present, now is the time to do it as I have 2 in the queue already.