Thursday, 27 June 2019

They're Taking Over!

Part of a current project - my life seems to be revolving around bears at the moment!

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Tale Of A Small Dog...

I finally finished this yesterday - took much longer to 'colour in' than I thought it would.  This is a private commission, not for use in anything further I don't think.

Drawn in pen and ink, then coloured with Japanese watercolours which are very like gouache except they can be lifted and/or re-wet & worked on the paper once they have dried.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

And Now For Something Completely Different...

This is something that has been on the back burner for far too long - a little story board that I've been asked to draw.  It made a bit of a welcome change as I am stumped for inspiration otherwise - the rotten weather outside doesn't help!

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Garden Time...

 The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a nightmare outside in the garden.  We have had a faulty gutter for years which has caused all sorts of waterfalls and water related problems.  I finally managed to get the housing association to fix it but it involved having scaffolding put up on our patio for a week - not so easy with all the flower pots, greenhouse, grapevine etc. out there!  So everything had to be moved out of the way and we had chaos for about a month (first date for scaffolding never happend...) 
Finally last Thursday we got our patio back - a few breakages but I'm willing to overlook them because we now have a shiny new gutter.  I spent two days putting everything back on the patio as well as building two new wooden tables for the bonsai trees.
 Everything seems to have come out of it reasonably well, no major casualties.
 I moved a few things around - gave the olive tree some more space and got rid of some pots of what might well have been weeds that I was cultivating!  It is starting to look good.
 We also got a new fence after a winter of it crashing and banging about every time the wind blew, so I was able to plant a few climbers in at last.
 The Torbay palm at the bottom of the garden has put out a large cluster of flowers this year - the scent is overpowering but the bees and flies are loving it!
And the triffid in the front garden has put out a flower spike as well this year - two years ago it got to about 15 feet high.  Waiting to see what it does this year!

So with all that going on, there has not been much time or inclination for arts & crafts - hopefully now things have calmed down I will be able to get back to the easel once more.