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Here is Otis, sadly no longer with us but at least immortalised on paper. I enjoyed this one so much I now feel kind of sad that it's over. Derwent Drawing Pencils & Coloursoft pencils on pastel paper, with acrylic white highlights.
I enjoy painting and drawing dogs in all shapes and forms, but some more than others. I do love it when I get asked to paint a sight hound - they are such beautiful dogs, a real pleasure to work on. This one is no exception, especially with the slightly different pose. This is worked in Derwent Drawing Pencils on reversed pastel paper.
I rarely admit defeat, but this knitting pattern brought me to the brink! I was asked last week to knit a sample piece in Fox Paw using various textured yarns. It was all very short notice and I had to search around my stash to find anything resembling the colours and textures required. The black stripe is shirring elastic - surprisingly nice to knit with! The pattern is so complicated that after the third attempt and failure, I was about ready to throw in the towel. However, I sat down with a pen and paper, laboriously noted down everything I did as I did it on the pattern and finally found out where I'd been going wrong. Now I'd like to try it with 'proper' yarn in colours I choose - if I get the time!
Currently on the drawing board is this portrait of a greyhound, recently departed. It is going extremely well - sometimes these just seem to draw themselves. This is in Derwent Drawing Pencils on pastel paper, with a little gouache to suggest the blanket he is lying on.
This knitting pattern has driven me to distraction for three days - I just could not get my head around it and kept going horribly wrong. I have to knit a sample piece for someone who is taking a degree. It was driving me crazy - I don't like to be beaten and I could not understand why this was not working out. In the end I sat with a pen and paper and noted down every increase and decrease as I made them, as well as going through the pattern (again) meticulously and eventually disovered where I was going wrong. It is so complicated...