Tuesday, 28 January 2014
I don't know if you can tell by the size of the stitches, but this little fellow is a mere 2 inches long from nose to base of tail. Not only that, he is fully poseable with wool jointed head and legs, plus wire in his legs and tail - all ready for his film debut...
Sunday, 26 January 2014
I am painting this in watercolour, but perhaps later on will add more texture with some pencil on the top - it's a matter of seeing how it goes first. I don't plan on adding a background, but I think it will require a little extra 'scenery' once I see how the elephants work out.
The deadline for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year competition is 5th February - can I finish it in time? Maybe....
Just as a matter of interest, the above yarn smells very 'sheepy', which I don't mind at all. Does it bother you when a wool smells strongly? I'm very fastidious about smells around me; however, this is one that I do like but I can appreciate it might not be to everyone's taste. Discuss.....!
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Last night I got as far as getting a couple of books down in order to search for a little inspiration....and fell asleep. In fact, I spent the whole evening from about 8.30 onwards just drifting in and out of sleep. I guess I was being told it was time to get some rest after months of working every evening of the week.
I have some more bits and pieces to make for the animated film now, so hopefully I can keep my eyes open long enough to get them done!
Sunday, 19 January 2014
It's been one of those weeks - the rain never stopped falling, I have been landscaping the garden around our new small pond with gravel and rocks, plus the washing machine broke down and with a family of four, you can imagine the work that ensued getting it sorted out before a new one was delivered. Hopefully this week will be quieter and less strenuous!
Monday, 13 January 2014
Thursday, 9 January 2014
This is such a typically English scene, my aim is for it to be as chocolate-boxy as it likes. I am having enormous fun with it, the sheep in the meadow, the limpid pool, plenty of greenery. it's got it all. There is still a lot of work to be done, but I don't mind, this is my true vocation!
Monday, 6 January 2014
A close friend of mine gave me food for thought today. Is it plagiarism to copy another artist's style? Or is it just unfortunate? There are millions of artists in the world, they can't all have a different way of using pencils or a brush, and if you paint an animal, it's always going to look like an animal. Without the advent of the internet, it would not be possible to notice most other artists' work. Hmmm, perhaps I should just get on with my own work and not worry about anyone else's...
Sunday, 5 January 2014
Saturday, 4 January 2014
So, after drying off before getting wet again going to the market, it's a home day for me - time to get on with more crafting I think!
Thursday, 2 January 2014
This has been painted in Derwent Drawing pencils, black ink and acrylic body paint. If you saw the quality of the photos I had to work from (sneaked on a phone while the owner of the dog was out of the room I think!) you'd give me a medal!
He is still not permanently fixed to his mount as I am waiting to check with the client that this colour is okay or whether she would prefer a different one.
I would like to think I can step back from mini animal trophies for a while, but there is a rumour someone would like a rhino.....
Also on the needles, I'm still knitting that tiny duvet cover and constructing a small double bed from card and foamboard. I have run out of the yarn I was using and the shop where I bought it has been shut over the holidays - another thing I am glad is out of the way, disruption and chaos due to Christmas and New Year! It's lovely when it is going on, but after a fortnight of it, I'm happy to get back to normal.
Happy New Year - may 2014 be peaceful, prosperous and healthy for you all. Thank you for continuing to read my blog, it does give me the incentive to get on with work, that element of 'show and tell' with the fear of having nothing to share with the group on a regular basis!