Friday, 29 April 2016

Artisans At Croxteth Hall Sunday & Monday1st & 2nd May

We are at the Artisan's Market again - but at Croxteth Hall Park, Liverpool this time!
It's a huge event at this venue so I'm hoping we will do very well!

The last one was great fun and I did sell a few items too - always a bonus ! 

This one is in the house and grounds of a Stately Home - and it's very beautiful. I struck lucky and have secured an inside spot so the weather won't matter so much.

I have a few more items this week - one or two dragons!

Please come and say hello if you are local and can drop in. 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

....had a blast! the Artisan's Market at The Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool on Saturday and Sunday! It was really enjoyable and I managed to cover my costs for the tables , so I'm a happy bunny!

A small profit would have been nice but not even made a dent in the costs of materials yet! But it was fun and I'm going to book the May one at Croxteth Hall Park too.

Saturday my stall looked like this.....

....and Sunday, like this.

We had a super time - the other stall-holders were lovely and friendly and knowing I'd never done a similar event before, were also kind and helpful with advice.

There was an amazing collection of skill and talent there - every stall was different and each were unique.

I didn't get a lot of time to go round them - just a quick squizz and I wish I had taken more photos to show but I'll know for next time.

It was surprisingly sunny on Saturday morning, tempting me to just have on my Eiglas tee-shirt but I was proved to be very mistaken as with lunchtime came the Baltic cold and pouring down rain! 

Sunday was very warm and pleasant - and I had three coats with me ..... ;)

See you all at Croxteth Hall on May Bank Holiday - 1st & 2nd !


Friday, 8 April 2016

A quick reminder about the Artisan's Market on Saturday and Sunday 9th & 10th April at the Palm House Sefton Park Liverpool 17.
AS I tol you in an earlier post - I was chuffed to be invited to take a table there this year and to show my art-works.
Well - I am as ready as I will ever be! :O  It's been a marathon of getting prints done, mounting them (what a job that is! :O) and framing them (I think I bankrupted Ikea... ;) )

Just a point to make - as a fledgling stallholder, I don't have a card machine, so could I be really cheeky and ask you all to bring plenty of folding stuff with you as I am sure that many other Artisans are in the same boat?
My artworks start at about £15.00 and go up to my star of the show at £50.00.

Please do try to come - if not to see me then to try out the wonderful food and music that will be there as well as loads of other fab stuff!
Be there or be square!  

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Artisan Market at Sefton Park Palm House

I have been invited to take a table at this prestigious Artisan Market!
This is a lovely (if daunting...!) turn of events as I'm not sure I have enough work to sell there at the present - I'm off to my printers this afternoon to order some prints of my paintings!

Scarey or what! :O

But I need to do this - I need to rake the plunge and see if those people who say such nice things about my work, actually put their money where their mouths are!  I sincerely hope they do or I'm in for an expensive time! lol!  is the link and it's on 9th & 10th of April at the Palm House in Sefton Park in Liverpool.

It's a beautiful setting and there will be lots of other things there,  foods -   both ethnic and plain good English -  and so much more - best look on the link for all the scrummy things that have been there in previous years.

I hope to sell at least a couple of paintings or prints, to at least pay for the day.

I'm heartened by the swift sale of my last three paintings , which sold on first airing - I wasn't even trying to sell them! May their sisters, brothers and offspring follow suit!

I just finished my latest Liverpool Waterfront so prints of that will be available on the day.

If anyone is interested in any of my work, let me know and I'll make sure there is something put aside for you.

Officially terrified now.......

Ei x

New Start In Art

Been so busy with family and work the last few months, not had much time to craft but what I have found is my interest turning back to my Art roots.

I've always loved to paint and draw but never had much confidence in it but my recent forays into oil painting has re-kindled my interest in trying to make art I'm more confident with.

I live in a city, so not much landscaping to paint you would think but to be honest, that's not strictly true.

Liverpool might be a city but she is an interesting and very beautiful one and I've taken to painting the waterfront since my son Michael asked me to paint it for his own home.

This was the first ever waterfront painting I did and it took me a couple of weeks as I was restricted to the conservatory where it can be extremes of heat and cold and light and dark.

I didn't really do much more in the way of painting for a while but was challenged by a friend to try oil-painting.

Now, I've not used oils for over 45 years - I didn't make  good job of them - or so I thought - so in the box they remained.

Those same oils came back out the box for an airing! lol! 45 years old!

I was quite chuffed with this for a first attempt, especially with elderly oils!

I had paint left on my pallette I didn't want to waste so I also popped this one out....

....and by this time I was hooked.

I don't have a lot of spare time, between my family, my hens, my dogs and my job but what time I do have, I'm almost always drawing or something.

I was then asked by a neighbour to paint a special Liverpool scene for their nephew's 'special' birthday (40 I think!) but I had only 2 weeks from request to delivery! Aaaarrrrghhh...!

Cost a lot to frame as the Bockingford landscape pad  I used was not a standard frame size but my neighbours were ecstatic with it so all was well.

But I thought that acrylics would possibly give a different result so in the next couple of weeks I did this one.....

Somebody on my Facebook page immediately asked to buy it but has yet to pick it up.

In the next weeks, my imagination was piqued every time I saw a photo of my city - I wanted to paint them all! It's amazing how the same view is transformed indefatigueably by light conditions!   

I was also, during this time, experimenting with coloured pencils, a medium I'd not really used since school, once again thinking I was no good with them, but I discovered the amazing world of Prismacolour and Polychromo coloured pencils - an entirely different animal to school or Crayola! Not that Crayola aren't good for what they cost - they are indeed but it's worth spending out on the better quality pencils.

I love big cats and have drawn a couple in the past but not in coloured pencils, so I had a go with my new 'posh' ones....

...and on a lighter note you will have already seen my 'Chicken Chronicles' but here they are again!

I want to do some of my own hens, when I get a minute, but at present, it's dark by the time I sit down in peace!  I will do it though!

Going back to my Liverpool theme, most people will be familiar with the Liver Birds. They are a great favourite with me - right up there with dragons!

These are my main Liver Birds - working on others and have also painted the last one in acrylics on canvas.

I did do a watercolour one on card but it was more of an experiment and not sure I pulled it off that time.

I have some super photos I've taken of Liverpool so have many more possibilities for paintings and multi-media work - just need some time now ;) !


Saturday, 10 October 2015

I've been a little shocked today.
I came back over to update and to perhaps add a few bits and whilst I was here thought I'd have a look-see at the blog-challenges to see if I fancied joining in one.

Most of them are gone! :O

This was a thriving challenge site not so long ago and unless there are a pile of new ones I know nothing about, certainly most of the ones in my side-bar (now removed) have gone.

So what do peeps now do for challenges?

The couple that have, possibly, survived are now 'invitation only'...? What's that all about?

Oh well, nowt I can do about that now - if anyone knows where to find any new ones - please just leave a reply in 'comments'.!

Here are a couple of recent bits that I didn't get time for yesterday.
                                          Elf on a Toadstool

Liver Bird 3

Sleep-over at Nanny's

Modern Dance

 Cherry Blossom Girl (digitally painted)

 Watercolour Peel Harbour

 Gaynor Greaves' card made with my Eiglas House #1

 A Very Special Christmas Card.

 A Vintage Wedding card

 Birthday card

Christmas Card

Christmas Card made entirely from Freebies! :D

Birthday Card

Sadly -four Bereavement cards

My Eiglas 'Mermaid with a Shell Mirror' rendered in Copics

Same Mermaid With Shell Mirror, rendered in Prisma and Polychromo pencils.

As and when I make images I will endeavour to upload them, time allowing.