Wednesday, 27 November 2013
I'm not sure I would wear it on my travels though - this week I have been dodging a small herd of deer while walking the dog. Salukis are hunting dogs and mine can spot a deer at fifty paces - I wouldn't want him mistaking me for one!
Talking of Christmas, can someone stop the clock for a while, I am struggling! Too much work and far too many presents to be bought with no idea of what to get. One year I would like to be ready in October - but I don't think that will ever happen!
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Watch out over the coming weeks - I have been commissioned to make a series of tiny knitted animal head trophies along the lines of the stag that I already make. This involves a fair bit of design work, but I think I can handle it - very exciting to be doing something a little different.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Now I have to make the pair of cheeky pugs that will sit on it!
Monday, 18 November 2013
Sunday, 17 November 2013
It's all go - I wouldn't have it any other way!
Monday, 11 November 2013
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
My next commission is of a toucan - about as far removed from a pet portrait as you can get, lots of colour to be used although I am only allowed to use the 8 pencils Derwent are sending me. This could go either way, be enormous fun or a complete nightmare!
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
I would normally have chosen a soft grey/blue background for a painting like this, but the local shop I used to buy my Canson pastel paper from has shut down due to the current financial climate. So I made a trip to a local town that I know has a well-stocked art supply shop - but for once they didn't have a great selection of colours, and I bought some much lighter blue/grey which seemed a good idea at the time. Trouble is, I was then having difficulty in getting the lights to show up and the neutrals to get any depth to them. It looked OK, but a little washed out.
So after working a little while yesterday, I then decided to take a chance and get the watercolours out to give the fur a bit of a burnt sienna wash in order to add some warmth. It seems to have done the trick and I am a lot happier with how this is going. All that is left to do is the fur around the neck and then the final tittivating where necessary.
On the needles: just finished making a park bin, next up a drainhole - exciting stuff! Although I am sneaking some time to knit a fancy cowl for myself from some fab Blue Face Leicester yarn coloured with woad.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Half term is over, so it's back to the day job today - how I wish I could be home crafting instead!