Pip McGarry, who had a small exhibition in a local gallery. We went along for a look as he is one of my favourite wildlife artists, and I was lucky enough to meet the man and have a chat for a while. He has now convinced me to enter my work into the Marwell Zoo annual exhibition - I have two weeks left in which to do it!
I rarely buy other people's art - not because I don't want to, but because it is usually out of my budget. However, I could not resist this - it was a toss up between the tiger and some zebras and the tiger won. I now have to wait for the frame to be made before I can put it on the wall, which should give me plenty of time to clear a space for it!
We put up the model hawk yesterday on the porch roof in the front garden. It was strangely quiet this morning when I woke up - not sure I like it and I am feeling kind of guilty at frightening birds away! However, it was nice not to be woken up by ear-piercing screeches!
Sunday, 29 June 2014
If it had been in place yesterday, we wouldn't have had the little drama played out at 7a.m. in what used to be a car park. We heard the most awful noise, every bird in the neighbourhood was squawking at the top of it's voice, magpies, crows, you name it, it was perched out there shouting. We went to see what the commotion was about and discovered a magpie had managed to get itself wedged in the builders' wire fencing - he could have slipped through the gap, but one leg was twisted around the wires and he was gripping it for dear life. So after failed attempts at untangling him and getting pecked badly (I was bleeding!) we got the wire cutters and a tea-towel, and cut him out. Off he flew, unscathed, nary a thank you. However, it was quiet out there at dawn today....
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Currently on the needles: flowers!
Sunday, 22 June 2014
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Thursday, 12 June 2014
I have paintings on show at the Fleet Art Society exhibition being held at the Church on the Heath, Elevetham Heath, Fleet for the nexy couple of days. It's a new location for the society and hopefully will bring in more visitors as i is right next to a large Morrisons and has a free car park. We shall see - come along if you are in the area!
Monday, 9 June 2014
The only sections of this painting that I can say are complete are the horse's ears and the trees and sky - everything else will be worked on here and there until it all comes together as a whole.
I am not one to jump on a bandwagon, but was so sad to hear of the death of Rik Mayall. His People's Poet
was one of the funniest things I had ever seen when I was young and I quoted it ad infinitum for years. Still makes me crack up after all this time.
Sunday, 8 June 2014
We've been talking about visiting the sculpture park at Farnham for months now, ever since reading about it in a magazine. There was always something preventing us - usually the bad weather! However, today was simply glorious and we decided to finally find the place.
I adored this rolling horse, particularly as it had been placed so well in the long grass - if I had a huge garden, I'd want one of these!
We had a very good few hours exploring but were not able to see everything as some of the paths were too steep and slippery for my daughter, and in places the bridges over streams and ponds were wide metal mesh which my poor dog just could not comfortably walk across. So I am afraid that calls for another visit sometime soon - now that's a shame!
I have been getting on with the horse portrait - another progress report in my next post. Plus I have to figure out how to knit that rhino head......
Wednesday, 4 June 2014
While this is a fairly unusual pose, I like it a lot - I think it sums up both their personalities. It's good to be working in acrylics again - feels like a long time since I did!
I am having trouble finding time though - life has a habit of intruding into my painting hours. Last week it was trips to A&E with my partner (he is OK) and this week we have this:
which means we have no access in or out. It's been two months now.....all garden rubbish and equipment has to be carried through the house as does anything bought for the garden - 6 bags of topsoil this week, all carried through the house. I hate this whole situation, it's turning me into such a whinger!
Sunday, 1 June 2014
This is a private commission in acrylics. It has made a good start but I may have to cover it while it is not being worked on, just in case any further remarks affect my thinking!