Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Christmas Chaos & An Oasis of Calm...

I always have the best intentions when it comes to planning for Christmas, but somehow it all goes out of the window each and every year.  Suddenly it is December and while I have some things done - cake is made, a few presents sent - the rest of it is incomplete and I am panicking.  I  have had a lot of work this year, not had a break since January, which means everything else has had to be either put on the back burner or ends up being a last minute dash. 

However, as I was in credit with my time last week, I decided to take a couple of days away from painting other people's pets and do a little bear painting - just for my own sanity!  Here is Otis at the falls, patiently waiting for fish.  I feel a bit better now - on to the next and final pet portrait for this year...

Thursday, 29 November 2018


 After a week of tearing my hair out over the really bad reference photos I was given, one of which is below, the portrait itself ended up being completed really quickly.  Not sure why that should be, I'm just grateful I managed to pull it off!  Derwent Coloursoft & Drawing Pencils on pastel paper.
Next up is a cat, also with pretty bad reference photos to work from but hopefully better than the above.  However, having finished Toby in record time, I have a couple of days free in whcih to play - I need to paint something bright & splashy!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Poppy & Katie

Just completed this lovely double portrait in coloured pencil & acrylic on pastel paper.  This one has been a joy to do but also very poignant.  Last year I did a portrait of Poppy, such a pretty little dog.
Unfortunately, since then poor Poppy got cancer and is no longer with us, so the portrait of her with her owner is extra special.  I have to admit I had a tear in my eye more than once while drawing this one.

Jeffy...Follow Up

I know I was not very keen on Jeffy the puppet, but his new owner absolutely loves him, and that is what really matters!

It is so nice to get a bit of follow up after I make something - so many times I labour for hours, post a parcel and then never know what happens after that!

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Little Bear On A Rock...

I had a little spare time this week whilst waiting for confirmation of my next commission, so painted this little bear.  I used a snapshot taken in the summer from the web cams as reference.

This has been painted in watercolours over an ink drawing.  I think I spent more time on the underwater rocks than on the bear, they were quite a challenge!

This is now in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Little Fish...

 I had a rare spare evening the other day and made the above.  I had the tiny knitted goldfish hanging around from another project,a nd a couple of weeks ago found the small frame while out shopping.  The frame has a deep gap inbetween the glass and back so was ideal to create this diorama.
The weed & sand have been crocheted, and the bubbles are beads attached with invisible thread.  I'm very pleased with the result - once I have attached a hanging loop on the back of the frame, this will be for sale in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Christmas Is Coming...

Goodness, November already - where did the year go?

This is a commission I have had on the back-burner for months as I have had other more pressing work to get on with.  However, last night I made the lamb and completed the set - hooray!

These amigurumi figures are from a pattern by Carolyn Christmas of Gourmet Crochet and have to be the cutest things I have seen in a long while.  I wish I had the time to make a set for myself!