Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Christmas is fast approaching and it takes time to paint a picture - if you feel like commissioning a present, now is the time to do it as I have 2 in the queue already.
Sunday, 20 September 2015
I'm pleased to announce that Nudinits 'Tickled Pink' won the Best Comedy Film award at the Portobello Film festival last night. We're all....well, tickled pink!
In the meantime I am trying to stay away from the book I bought last week - almost every pattern inside is a winner and as I am a great fan of projects that can be completed with just one skein, this could be the best stashbuster ever....but I have to get on with paid work first!
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
This is part of the email I received from the society:
Unfortunately on this occasion your work has not been selected for the 2015 Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists, 'The Natural Eye'; however, the fact that your work made it to the final selection is a very creditable achievement in itself. The Society received a high volume of submissions this year and, gallery space being limited, were only able to select a small proportion of the many strong entries."
So, disappointed, yes, downhearted, definitely not! I'll just have to do better next year...
It did cost me a fortune though - entrance fee, framing, train fare to London x 2, it all adds up.
The painting is back for sale in my Etsy shop - it is currently in a frame but unless it can be collected personally, I'm afraid I can't send it framed unless you are willing to pay for a courier service - risk of breakage is too high.
Currently on the needles: a gorilla, a deer's head & for some bizarre reason, a crochet blanket...
I'm waiting to find out if my zebra painting got into the Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition - results will be posted this afternoon. I'm not getting my hopes up too much, but it would be fantastic if it succeeded.
Saturday, 12 September 2015
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
On the needles: a gorilla (still); a crochet blanket; and we don't talk about the summer top languishing half finished in a corner...
I also have to make yet another moorhen, child friendly this time - however, these people have paid up front!
Sunday, 6 September 2015
The green was the sticking point - it's very bright and not a natural colour. However, I thought a parrot, or rather a conure, would be an ideal subject to use it on. I sketched one out, drew around it using the bamboo pen & the Indian ink, then set to colouring it in. I did have to use a few more items - an orange paint pen from last month's box and a couple of watercolours for the blue & red. It's not my usual way of working, but it was good to experriment.
The diffuser is a mad thing though - it consists of two metal tubes joined with a hinge, one of them having a mouthpiece. You insert one tube into a bottle/jar of colour, then blow hard through the mouthpiece. I had to do this over the kitchen sink as the colour spatters far and wide. I can see me using this for things such as sea spray though, but precautions need to be taken if I don't want to Jackson Pollock the surrounding area!
On the needles: a gorilla, designing it from scratch and having difficulty!
On the easel: still the black labrador
Friday, 4 September 2015
Then came the mapping out using a grid system and working from a print out of the photo I am using as reference. I had to do this twice as unfortunately the first version was not in the right position and I was not happy to continue with it.
Once that is satisfactory, it's then the blocking in using basic colours and shapes, which is where I am at now. The only part of this painting that is remotely anywhere near painted properly is the eyes. Now comes the best bit, bringing this dog to life in paint. He's a lively chap - I met with him last week and was well and truly slobbered upon!
Thursday, 3 September 2015
The next few weeks should be very busy - after a quiet couple of months, I now have three dog portraits lined up. It's good that the work is coming in now that summer is drawing to a close. One of them might be a little tricky - the photos are from about 25 years ago and very grainy and small - it could be a real challenge to get anything out of them!