Thursday, 16 March 2017

...doesn't time fly when you're having fun - NOT ... ;) !

I can't believe it is March already! :O
I haven't had time for much artwork as I am now back at work and time just seems to evaporate, either at work, recovering from work, preparing to go to work or flippin' house-work...!

My poor Hubby has had an operation on his leg, so I have taken a week off to look after him and, tbh, I'm really enjoying our time together and doing stuff for him.

He's very much a caveman and likes to do things himself (except cooking and washing - I try to keep him away from those things cos he's lethal!) so I'e been a proper 1950's wifey this week fetching and carrying for him and, as a novelty, it's been very enjoyable but he'd better not expect the same service next week... ;) lol!

So I have time to update my neglected blog. :)

Like I say, not had  much creative time on my hands but been doing some exercises to brush up on techniques. This one was for pastels. Never been much good with pastels as I'm too messy with them but following this tutorial I found online, I created this, which i was quite pleased with.

The tut wasn't anything unusual - just the way I would have gone about the exercise anyway but by verbalizing my instinctual procedure it did give me more focus.

Still not a huge fan of pastels but perhaps I'll try another subject later.

But doing this exercise made me want to try with coloured pencil.

I didn't want to do an eye full of make up and false lashes - I can do those in my sleep .  I wanted to do an older person's eye, with all the creases and blemishes but couldn't find a photo ref online that was copyright free.
So I photographed my own peeper! :)   

I can't find the photo on my hard-drive at the mo but I'll pop it on for comparison when I come across it.

Be back soon (I hope.. ;) ! )


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Well - goodbye 2016 and hello 2017 - let's hope 2017 is a little kinder than  2016 was, especially to our musicians and performers!

My New Year Resolution? Not got one. But I've decided not to do any more shows. They cost a fortune to attend, you have all the humping of stuff there and back and unless you carry items for £10 or less, you sell very little.

I did about eight shows in all last year - costing over £60.00 a time, counting petrol but not the cost of making my prints and framing them, and I sold very few items and those all in the first two shows.

So, no more - I'm too old and it takes it out of me way too much. But at least I can say I tried!

So I guess I'm still a hobbyist although should anyone knock on my door I won't say no... ;) lol!

I'm a big animal fan (you may have noticed... ;) ) and I'm very happy to say that my Fox drawings have been very popular in a particular Fox-welfare charity auction!

I've sold two prints and a tote bag featuring foxes with 100% of the £25.00 each time going to the National Fox Welfare Society and i have another two waiting to be featured in the January Auction. It makes me very happy if I can drum up these funds to help treat and save these beautiful, abused creatures.

These are the images that sold at the auction. Sorry about the resolution and watermarking - spoils the images somewhat but you can blame the thieves for that.

Why should honest people pay out £25.00 and another, dishonest thief just take  any image they like?

                          This one is  'Reynard'. He's having a bit of a rest.....

                           This is the tote I made - featuring 'Foxy'...

                                ....and this is my 'Vixen and Cub'

My last fox of 2016 is the beautiful Aphrodite, who was saved by a member of the public in a suburban road and was treated and rehabilitated by the NFWS

The NFWS are brilliant - they will supply free treatment for mange and other issues and will trap and transport any injured or sick fox to a vet for treatment and it's all voluntary.

But in case I am appearing to be biased, here's my last drawing of 2016....

                             ......'You mentioned mealworms...? '

See you all again soon (I hope to be better at updating this year now I'm not wasting my time at the shows.)

Just a reminder - any and all of my drawings/paintings are available to purchase. Just either e-mail me or leave me a comm and I'll get back to you!
I am also happy to do Pet Portraits to order.


Sunday, 13 November 2016

Free Copics Giveaway

Copic is running a little giveaway ( it is genuine - I checked!)
Just follow this link and there is a fab 72  Sketch Marker set, in a display box, waiting for someone with the luck of the Irish.
Of course, I'm hoping that will be me... but I don't mind sharing... ;)

Good luck!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Craft Show , South Liverpool, 20th November 2016

Next Craft Show is in Liverpool in November.
I don't do a lot of shows - only four or five a year - as I find them too exhausting at my age.
I still have to work for a living so it's a lot for an old gal ;)

But this is one I'm looking forward to.

Liverpool Cricket Club is an iconic venue with lots of history behind it and is a popular venue for all kinds of events.

The Craft & Design Show clearly think so too!

Please pop over there and have a good look at what is on offer :)
Ei x

Work in progress number 2 ....

Solana - acrylics and mixed media on canvas  60 x 45 cm
(husband likes this one better).

Still working on  this - it is so much nicer in real  life but may morph quite substantially  when I get back to it when it's dry.


Back into painting... ;)

I've been stupidly busy the last few weeks with one thing and another - I think it's called 'life' or something...but I've been busting to paint something all the while I've been stuck with 'real life', so today I did something about it.

I've always messed about with inks (as you can see if you scroll into my archives or look up techniques) and I've always loved the photographs from the Hubble telescope so I think this popping out of my brush might be something to do with that!

I call it 'Nova' - it's just a work in progress at the mo - and it's mainly acrylics on canvas (48 x 48 cm)  but with some multi-media thrown into the mix.  

I'll come back with the finished article once it's dry.
I have another on the go, while I'm waiting for 'Nova' to dry but it's too wet to even photograph at the mo :)

Be back soon!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Tabitha - my lovely old cat.

I did this tonight whilst watching Casualty.
Polychromos and Prisma coloured pencils on Fabriano paper.

It occurred to me that of my pets, my cats are the only ones I haven't drawn and as Tabby was the most recent (sadly passed to Rainbow several years ago now aged about 20) and I found her pic first, I did her.

This was only a quick one - about two hours worth - and probably would have been even better if I'd not been watching tv at the same time...  :D !
But I did enjoy it and tried out new paper and some new pencils too !