Further to receiving my sample tins of the Inktense set I illustrated, it is now on the Derwent Website in their News section, together with a little 'soundbite' from me - they asked me to come up with a few sentences for the press release. Hope I don't sound too gushing, but I really DO love these pencils and blocks!
Suddenly this week I have been flooded with commissions. It's a bit overwhelming but really, really good, especially as most of them are - as usual - a little off the wall. So be prepared to see sometime in the future a fishy tie, a knitted rock pool, a knitted pet, and a painted hammock. I'm sure other artists don't get these weird projects to do - or do they? Tell me about your strangest commission. One of mine was painting a portrait of a dog on the flower pot his ashes were going into......
Saturday, 30 June 2012
Friday, 29 June 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
For a few weeks now I have been looking in pet shops and round about for a new bed for him and was not happy about the price I would have to pay for something that would be a wreck by the end of the summer.
However, while trawling through Amazon (over 1500 dog beds for sale.....good grief!) I came across a piece of off-cut memory foam that was just the right size and cost.......£6 plus postage! It came today and has been covered with an old cotton throw plus his favourite blankie and seems to be well accepted. Try and keep it tidy Clovis!
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Do you think this is an idea that would appeal - customised hand-painted t-shirts? It doesn't have to be flamingoes! If you'd like one, feel free to gt in touch.
Saturday, 23 June 2012
We also bought fresh gooseberries, new potatoes, carrots and blueberries. Gooseberry crumble for pudding today!
I do wonder what goes on in their heads though - a couple of weeks ago their first batch of chicks fledged and I am sad to say my dog managed to kill one of them. He found it in the geraniums and grabbed it, dropped it immediately when I yelled at him but the poor thing died of fright, much to my horror - right under where the new nest is. So either blackbirds are incredibly stupid or there is a sub-plot whereby they are rubbing my nose in it and planning their revenge. I've watched 'The Birds' many times, I've seen what they are capable of....
Other good things today...getting all the week's washing done and dry before it rained; having a cup of tea outside in the sun with a friend before it rained; managing two dog walks without getting rained on; bacon butties for lunch and having a peaceful afternoon.
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Unlike other products I have been asked to illustrate for, this set is one that I use an awful lot - I just love the colours and the ease of use. I'm painting myself a t-shirt with them this week funnily enough, as they are colourfast when painted on fabric.
This certainly brightened up what was a rather awful morning!
Monday, 18 June 2012
Whistlejacket is one of my all time favourite paintings. Every time I go to the National Gallery in London I have to stand for a while and gaze at that lifesize painted horse.
Sunday, 17 June 2012
This has been painted using Derwent Inktenses pencils and blocks.
Thursday, 14 June 2012
On the easel at the moment, a swan which has reached that stage in the proceedings where I want to throw it away. I know it will be fine when finished, the middle is always tricky and open to a crisis of confidence.
On the needles - various items of small clothing for puppets and a bloodhound head to be designed - gulp!
Monday, 11 June 2012
For those of you new to my blog, I would just point out that my daughter has Down's Syndrome, which makes her paintings very special in my eyes.
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Saturday, 9 June 2012
Thursday, 7 June 2012
This will be in my Etsy shop later today - first come, first served!
Monday, 4 June 2012
It is half term week this week, and it must be the first school holiday for about a year that I don't have any rush jobs taking up all my time. So the house is looking cleaner, the garden is getting done, and I am able to sit and knit some of my outstanding commissions. On the needles at the moment, a mini letter box and beer....