Wednesday, 31 December 2014
2015 looks to be very different compared to the past few years - I'm striking out on my own work-wise, which is both scary and exciting. Not having to do the regular hours at a 'proper job' will make a huge difference to how much I can achieve at home - for the better I hope. It's risky but at my age, if I don't do it now I never will!
I hope 2015 will be better for everyone - here's wishing you everything you wish for yourselves. Happy New Year!
Sunday, 28 December 2014
Now that Christmas is over, it's time to get things done with a view to being
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
And finally, may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New Year!
2014 was not one of my best years in some respects - months of building hell next to our house, lack of painting commissions for the first part of the year, misery at the day job culminating in handing in my notice, the loss of a good friend, and quite a lot of irritating things to deal with. But it did have it's very good points - the release and good reception of the Nudinits animation (two and a half years hard work!), catching up with some old school friends in the summer, and some very exciting changes for the new year - going totally freelance and finally realising my lifetime dream. Thank you for sticking with me through it, putting up with the moans and wails, sharing the good bits and giving me the impetus to work hard in order to have something to show you all. Here's to 2015!
Monday, 22 December 2014
Currently on the needles....nothing! Suffering withdrawal symptoms, but my hands are still busy sewing what feels like thousands of sequins on that felt goldfish purse.
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
It's been a busy week - my son moved out (finally!) last weekend which was surprisingly emotional for me. I'm so pleased he is able to afford to go at last and start his life properly, but it was sad too.
I've been knitting madly, trying to get the last Christmas bits done for Nudinits - you'll have to check out their advent calendar on Twitter and Facebook to see what I've been up to.
Nothing on the easel at the moment - no time! I'm hoping during the Christmas period I will be able to get the paints out. I miss it.
Tomorrow is the last day at the day job - after 11 years, that too will be quite a wrench. However, I am not enjoying my current role there, I don't feel I am contributing anything other than being a childminder which makes me very unhappy, so it is definitely time to go. I am extremely excited to be starting a new chapter in my life, hopefully making a go of the arts and crafts full time. There are some interesting things scheduled for next year - who knew naughty knitting could lead to a career change!
So, lots of changes this month - it all seemed to happen at once. Perhaps 2015 will be a good year to make up for 2014!
Monday, 15 December 2014
Saturday, 13 December 2014
If you'd like your pet made in yarn, get in touch - not for Christmas though! Too late.
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
I got a lovely last minute commission to recreate this little dog and his accessories. His name is Wilbur and here he is, still a work in progress - I have to fluff his fur up with a wire brush...I have to go and buy a wire brush...and he needs his knitted coat and toy. I have to make two of him, but the second one is not until after Christmas - phew!
I've been knitting little Christmas items like crazy in order to keep up with the Nudinits advent calendar - perhaps we should have thought of this some time back in August, but never mind!
Talking of Nudinits, there are lots of things in the pipeline for next year - it's all getting quite exciting. I think I quit the day job at the right time - one more week to go!
Friday, 5 December 2014
Warning, contains scenes of vegetable cruelty that some viewers may find upsetting.
Yes, I did indeed sew twenty felt brussels sprouts!
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
No paintings on the easel at the moment as there really isn't the time in the Christmas run-up. Plenty on the needles though - Christmas miniatures and replica dogs!
Two weeks left at the day job and I'm not regretting the decision to leave - just cannot wait to get my new routine started!
Saturday, 29 November 2014
He'll be winging his way to Denmark tomorrow - by post though, not under his own steam!
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
This is a portrait in Derwent Drawing pencils which should be finished by the end of this week, with plenty of time before Christmas. The poor dog was sadly run over earlier this year, so hopefully the painting will be a reminder of a much-loved pet.
On the needles: ARGH! You'll have to keep an eye on Nudinits in the run up to Christmas to see what I have been knitting lately! It has been challenging...
Monday, 24 November 2014
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
The scenery inside is sewn from felt, while the grass and sky were two old jumpers put to better use. Fantastic to see it all put together and animated!
I'm definitely not regretting giving up the day job - my decision has been met with mixed reactions, but on the whole everyone has been encouraging and supportive. I could do with leaving now - with Christmas fast approaching, my workload has increased accordingly!
Currently on the needles: dogs,crackers,Xmas tree, fairies,turkeys, argh....
To be sewn: a flower brooch, scenery for an upcoming animated short film
On the easel: a dog portrait, with a baby portrait coming soon
It's all so exciting!
Thursday, 13 November 2014
For the time being I have enough commissioned work in the pipeline to keep me busy - fingers crossed that 2015 will bring in plenty more.
Monday, 10 November 2014
Last week I had a couple of incidents at work that have caused me to do some serious thinking - the more serious incident ended with me getting punched in the face, knocking my glasses off. The other incident with a different child involved my glasses being torn off my face several times and thrown across the floor, getting damaged in the process. (Why do they aim for the eyes???) So I have to consider, what is more important to me, my art and craft work plus my sanity or dealing with someone else's badly behaved child? I think we know the answer to that one...
In the meantime, this week I have been mostly sewing trees....
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
There is still time to commission a portrait before Christmas - I have one in the pipeline, but one such as the above does not take long. Just make sure your photograph is of a decent quality!
I've held off for a long time, but finally joined Facebook as I figured it was a good business tool if nothing else. It may take me a while to get a link on this page, but I am sure there are very few other people with my name on Facebook, so my page should be easy to find.
Saturday, 1 November 2014
Friday, 31 October 2014
Have fun today - don't eat too many sweeties!
Yesterday we went to the first screening of the Nudinits film at Canterbury Anifest. Took us a while to get there from Hampshire as the good old M25 was terminally congested which added an hour to our journey. It was worth it though, and I think the film went down well. You'll be able to judge for yourselves tomorrow when it will be available to see in it's entirety - I just cannot wait!
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Monday, 27 October 2014
I also had time at the weekend to back up my work photos (which hasn't been done for a shamefully long time) and revisited some of the work I've done over the years that was stored on the hard drive.
It is half term for British schools, which means a blessed break from the day job - it's been very tough lately, working with a little chap who I am positive has 666 tattooed somewhere on his body... So a peaceful week ahead and a chance to get on with the next dog portrait, some clearing up round the house, and at the end of the week, the first screening of Nudinits. I'm getting quite excited now, especially at the prospect of seeing all our work on a big screen and finding out what people think if it!
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Well, initially you take a deep breath, gulp slightly and smile, saying it will be fine, of course I can. Then you have a couple of days of serious self-doubt and find anything else to do rather than tackle this knotty problem!
But thanks to the internet and a wealth of photographs of chocolate labradors, as well as a couple of mediocre extra photos of the spaniel pup, you bite the bullet and give it a go and find to your surprise that it all goes rather well.
Next up, a portrait of a black spaniel with some superb reference photos to work from!
N.B. Yesterday the lady who commissioned this came to pick it up - as soon as she saw it she burst into tears! She was still crying an hour later apparently - I think I got it right!