Pam, from BenMcFuzzylugs, who makes the Splat! bookmarks wanted a painting of her two dogs, Ben and Mia. She allowed me access to her photos and unbeknown to her, I chose this as my favourite. Here's the drawing, and the sea all painted in.
Another of the photos from my friend's Becks trip to the zoo was a cute pic of a pair of zebra grazing. I took out the second zebra because the painting would have looked too confusing with all those legs in close proximity.
In this penultimate stage, washes were mixed to make various shades of light brown. Hair, eyebrows and beard and the shut eyes all got treated in shades of brown.
I've enjoyed this - he's been fun.. I can feel him concentrating, yet going with the flow.. a few shadows to do, and some reinforcing on the drifting washes and he'll be done. Tomorrow . See you then :)
Time to paint in the shirt of my man. I decided on a pale shade of pink - a shade that reminds me of sugared almonds and wedding favours :)
He's doing well, my man .... he seems to have taken on an ethereal look to him. At this point, the idea which I had originally started with has gone out of the window.. this chap wants to be painted a different way. The mosaic idea I had will have to wait for another day...
A wonderful new exhibition by one of my favourite artists!
Peter Williams of Mighty Fine Art is having and exhibition of his work in Leiston, Suffolk.
Peter draws the most beautiful, detailed pencil drawings.
You can see a sample on his website, Mighty Fine Art - though I am sure if you make the trip to Suffolk, you'll really enjoy seeing the drawings in the flesh, so to speak :) You might even come away with one of his masterpieces!
The exhibition starts tomorrow and runs until the 25th March. You can even meet Peter - he'll be there daily between 9am to 4pm Enjoy!
Straight after I painted the picture of Letting in the Jungle, I drew and painted a very quick sketch of an elephant kicking up a storm . Sometimes its very liberating as an artist to draw and paint something in half an hour or so. You have no room to do detailed work - and you have to get a sense of "feeling" into the thing.
I know the elephant in Kipling's story was called Hathi - but my girl is a Nellie, another childhood favourite. She was the subject of a song, and I bet people of a certain age are singing now : Nellie the elephant packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus...
One of my favourite books when I was growing up was Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle book and other stories. There was a story where the elephants and other animals destroyed the village and a poem, entitled Letting in the Jungle.
Out in my garden - also a bit of a jungle until I have it tamed - there is an ornament of a Lady's face. She was lying on her back on the patio until the wall where she was to be placed was re-rendered. ( The joy of a project of a house) Up through the patio and over my Lady ornament this green weed began to grow and flourish. It reminded me of Letting in the Jungle - and how frail we are compared to Nature, who could claim us back at any time.
So I drew the Lady ornament and the weed . Then I made this small painting. It has given me an idea for a much larger work, which I will undertake when I have a few days free. In the meantime..
I've painted the table that this little piece stands on in a blue grey mix. That's because I want the piece to be the most prominent feature, and not that upon which it stands.
It may not always seem like it, but there is planning involved in painting watercolours! Some people think I sit and paint whatever comes into my head - but its not strictly true. The ideas come and I make a note of them, but to make a painting really work - I have to plan the stages that you see.
On a grey day, Missy loves to play indoors. She's not one for walking in the rain, she's miserable if you make her.
She'd much rather be indoors playing Tuggy with daddy!
She's an absolute joy of a dog. She is feisty - which you'd expect from a jack russell bitch, but she knows to stop, when we say. In fact, before we ever played tuggy we taught Missy the command "drop". So now we can play tuggy knowing we only need say drop and our darling girl will drop and then sit, looking at us eagerly for round two!
I've been thinking. That's the point hubby usually runs for cover :)
and what I was thinking was this - that maybe I will have a Guest Spot every now and then on the blog. That way we could get to know someone just a little better. What format to use though? A question and answer session? Or just a here it is, you've got 100 words and one photo to tell us what you love in your life and your creative life?
Could I do it? Here's a random attempt.
In my life the most important things to me are not things, but living beings. My husband, my friends and my dog are all up there in the top slot. I'd move heaven and earth if I could for any of them
In my artistic life, watercolour is important to me. I dabble a bit with sketching, pen and ink and drawing - but they are usually only means to an end - a watercolour painting. I love the expressive freedom of water and paint swirling together.
This photo shows my two great loves: Paul and Missy
Done, in just under 100 words! Now, I wonder if anyone out there would like a Guest Spot?