Thursday, 29 November 2018


 After a week of tearing my hair out over the really bad reference photos I was given, one of which is below, the portrait itself ended up being completed really quickly.  Not sure why that should be, I'm just grateful I managed to pull it off!  Derwent Coloursoft & Drawing Pencils on pastel paper.
Next up is a cat, also with pretty bad reference photos to work from but hopefully better than the above.  However, having finished Toby in record time, I have a couple of days free in whcih to play - I need to paint something bright & splashy!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Poppy & Katie

Just completed this lovely double portrait in coloured pencil & acrylic on pastel paper.  This one has been a joy to do but also very poignant.  Last year I did a portrait of Poppy, such a pretty little dog.
Unfortunately, since then poor Poppy got cancer and is no longer with us, so the portrait of her with her owner is extra special.  I have to admit I had a tear in my eye more than once while drawing this one.

Jeffy...Follow Up

I know I was not very keen on Jeffy the puppet, but his new owner absolutely loves him, and that is what really matters!

It is so nice to get a bit of follow up after I make something - so many times I labour for hours, post a parcel and then never know what happens after that!

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Little Bear On A Rock...

I had a little spare time this week whilst waiting for confirmation of my next commission, so painted this little bear.  I used a snapshot taken in the summer from the web cams as reference.

This has been painted in watercolours over an ink drawing.  I think I spent more time on the underwater rocks than on the bear, they were quite a challenge!

This is now in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Little Fish...

 I had a rare spare evening the other day and made the above.  I had the tiny knitted goldfish hanging around from another project,a nd a couple of weeks ago found the small frame while out shopping.  The frame has a deep gap inbetween the glass and back so was ideal to create this diorama.
The weed & sand have been crocheted, and the bubbles are beads attached with invisible thread.  I'm very pleased with the result - once I have attached a hanging loop on the back of the frame, this will be for sale in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Christmas Is Coming...

Goodness, November already - where did the year go?

This is a commission I have had on the back-burner for months as I have had other more pressing work to get on with.  However, last night I made the lamb and completed the set - hooray!

These amigurumi figures are from a pattern by Carolyn Christmas of Gourmet Crochet and have to be the cutest things I have seen in a long while.  I wish I had the time to make a set for myself!