“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ....Oscar Wilde

Friday, 17 October 2014

Pastel Portrait and Pillow Fights

Hey... so it's Friday once again and it's time to party! 
I've had a great week and even managed to finish another piece of art... (woohoo)
I think I might be on a roll here. 
It's the oil pastel portrait that I started in class. 
(If you didn't get to see my previous post and would like to then click here)
This was my first practice portrait in my sketch book, but I actually liked it more than the second one drawn on good paper. I think I'd given it my all which is what I tend to do... I concentrate so much when I first start, that by the time we're ready to move on to good paper... I'm pooped!!!
I just wish I'd have moved her down the page a little, so that her hair would be able to fit on. 

Another plus this week is that I've entered a competition with the online store 'Ohh Deer'. 
Because I received so many lovely positive comments about my flutterby design I thought I'd enter the competition to have the design made into cushions.
Apparently I'm now entered into a pillow fight! 
If you'd like to help me win then by clicking on the link below and follow the link on the right hand side of the page by liking or sharing my cushion design you can help me improve my chances. 
Flutterby CushionFlutterby Cushion


Ohh Deer competition entry click here







Here's some details about the Ohh Deer cushions.

Our cushions are Vegan, yes we know that you have no plans to eat them, but we just wanted to assure you they contain nothing harmful to animals. They're made from super soft faux suede and come complete with a fibre insert. To make postage cheaper you can opt to receive the cushion without the insert.
Details:
They measure 43x43cm a smashing size (contains 50x50cm insert to keep it plump). They're machine washable at 30c and are hand made in the UK. The cushion has a stone coloured back cover - and zip fastening.


If you'd like to carry on partying then let's join in with the gang over at 

Paint Party Friday
I'm also linking to Dion Dior's Friday Sketches.. here's the link if you'd like to visit
So that's it from me for today... I'm off to let the weekend start! 
Many thanks if you're up for helping me win that pillow fight and for visiting my place.
Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you again soon.
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

What's On Your Workdesk 280 Pastels and Watercolours

Well, here we are at Wednesday once again. 
At the moment, it's all beginning to become a little blurred as to what day it is.
So in order for me to make the most of the today I'll be quick. 
I've emptied my art folder this afternoon in the hope that I'll manage to finish off a few things. 
Although, you can see sun outside the window and the farmers are working away it is rather chilly. 
In fact, this morning it was only 5 degrees and apparently I've been told there was even a little flurry of snow for about 5 minutes. I didn't actually see it as I was out and about.
Brrr.... anyway let's move on to my desk (or kitchen table) 
So there's the portrait and horse sketch that are still waiting for me to work on
(although I did add a little more shading to the horse earlier in the week ~ whilst football was on the television). 
I've actually moved two lamps into this space, so that I can work at night. 
It's ideal with so much footy on TV at the moment. 
This way everyone is happy  
This week in my art group, we used watercolours to produce a monochrome painting.
The piece was to be called a misty moonlight mountain scene... yeah right. 
I haven't used watercolours to a great degree, so it was both interesting and slightly scary.
As many of you will know, I like to work as precisely as I can and this exercise was very loose!
I used wax, clingfilm and salt... and we didn't bake a thing!
Unfortunately, you can't really see the moon and it's reflections on the lake but they're there. 
Now what else is on my desk...
Oh yes, there's the photo of Mufftypup. 
We're going to paint a pet or animal next week... this sadly could end a beautiful relationship between Muffy and me when she sees the outcome. I've tried on numerous occasions to draw her and each time failed miserably. 
We'll see if these classes can help. 
My teacher seems to think I'll have no problem! (HA!)  

The fingerless gloves are where my daughter left them after a painting session in the garage.
She's painting a LARGE canvas so it has to be done out there... plus she can paint with gay abandon in the garage. I'm surprised she can even bend her arms with how many layers she's having to wear... thermals are a must. Which reminds me that it's about time I popped the kettle on to help in the thawing out process.

So that's it for today, but maybe if you have time you would like to nip across to see some more desks throughout the globe...click here to visit Julie over at Stamping Ground.
Have a great day peeps and thanks for stopping by my place.
I hope to see you again soon.
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xoxo

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Paint Party Friday... Pastels

Morning everyone.... it's that time of the week once again when we reveal all. 
Well, I should clarify that statement perhaps and say... to revealing what's on our work desks.

As you can see on mine, there's the ink drawing of my butterfly which I did post about last week.
I have to confess I went in once again and added a little more detail! 
I know, I just can't help myself.... but I did feel it needed a little more.
But that's it now... it's finished... and I mean it!
I'm now thinking about printing it on to tea towels or tote bags... what do you think?

As mentioned on one of my previous posts, I've also started a coloured butterfly design. 
I wanted to practice using my oil pastels, so this was an ideal project. 
Although having said that, it wasn't really because I didn't have a pastel blender other than my finger, which is now incredibly sore and has a little hole in the tip!
It also had a tendency to stick up and considering it's my middle finger it's causing some concern... whoops!
There's such a long way to go with this design and I'll need to spend quite some time on it to build up the colours.
Here's another photo from a few days later....

Here's a little peek at another desk that I've been working on...
Don't worry, I'm as shocked as you to be working on two desks this week! 
Obviously, the weather must be bad to keep me inside and creating art.
Maybe winter won't be so bad after all.

This desk was taken at my art group.
It's the last week that we will be using pastels and I was overjoyed to be doing a portrait (NOT)
Anyway, taking a deep breath I dived in.
I was thinking that if Penelope Cruiz ever saw my drawing then she'd probably sue me... but I persevered and was a (little) pleased with the outcome. 
Depending on the finished version, I may or may not show you at a later stage. 
But that's enough for this week because our host Julie over at Stamping Ground likes us to keep things brief so that we can hop and skip about to each others desks.
It's great fun so if you'd like to take a peek click here.

Just before I sign off today I'd like to say that I've been trying to visit everyone that's popped in to leave a comment with me over the last week... but I've struggled. 
I'm still working on it and will continue until I've managed it.

I'll end here today with my thanks for all your visits and comments. 
I love to see you and hear what you have to say.

I hope your week is going well.
Until next time... have fun everyone
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I thought I'd also link up with Paint Party Friday...
Eva and Kristin would love you to visit... just click here

Paint Party Friday

Friday, 3 October 2014

Serious thoughts... and Flutterby's

I have to confess that this morning I've been having thoughts... serious thoughts about thermals, awakening Aga's, cosy corners tucked up with a good book, and Duvet days. 
(Dunna days... for my Australian friends) 
This has highlighted that I've taken far too long to finish my tribute to my summer drawing...
last summer's tribute.
At this rate, my tribute will be relevant for next summer and not the one that has just left us. 

I managed to sneak a drawing session whilst football was on the TV mid week, but I had to use a desk lamp. I've not used one before as I prefer to use daylight, but needs must and all that... 
but I'm a convert now. 
It's not too good on my eyes, especially with my intricate ink drawings, but at least I can get an hour or two extra drawing time in before the blurriness begins.

So here's the latest update on the butterfly. 
I know I'm sorry... I thought I'd have the finished drawing to show you today but there you go...
I apologise for the bad photograph, but it's the best I could do in the light that's available this morning.
I even used a lamp too.
The winds blowing a hoolie outside, so with the fire roaring I think I'll head back to summer and finish off the butterfly this morning.
Because it's Friday, I'm linking up with Eva and Kristin's Paint Party Friday blog... thanks you guys for hosting this great party link.
Hey if you like to party too, why not head over there by clicking here.
Paint Party Friday
I'm also joining Dion Dior for Friday Sketches too. 
Click here
Friday Sketches Button
I know that I've still got lots of peeps to visit this week, but I'll try to pop by soon.
In the meantime... woohoo it's Friday so ENJOY! 
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Hot off the press...
It's finished... well I think it's finished... but I could always tweak a little!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

WOYWW #278 ... Pomegranates

I know that we'll all be saying the same thing this morning... 
"Where on earth did September go"?
I don't even know where July and August went never mind September! 
Anyway, here we are... it's Autumn and it's Wednesday, so it's time to share what we have on our desk (or kitchen table in my case). 
Keeping it brief as is the wish of our leader and linky host Julia over at Stamping Ground
Here's my desk...
I've went to my art group yesterday and entered new territory. 
It was certainly scary stuff because I used oil pastels for the first time.

In keeping with the autumn theme we drew pomegranates. 
Little Ruby Jewels
This was my practice piece in my sketch book.
It gave me the opportunity to get to know the pastels and how they worked.
I can't really make up my mind if I liked the pastels or not. 
I suppose it's early days yet.
I think I'm going to have to play a little more to come to a definite decision. 
I liked the way layers can be built up but became frustrated that I couldn't be more precise and how messy I (and my pad) became when using them. 
(Note to self... never wear white jeans again when I use oil pastels)

One more thing before I start desk hopping... I must tell you about yesterday.
My daughter joined an art class but didn't even have to leave the house. 
Whilst sitting comfy on the sofa, she linked into a live stream via our TV (hooked up to the internet), to a class being filmed in San Francisco! 
How cool is that!!!! 

It blew me away!

So that's it for this WOYWW entry... 
Have fun desk hopping and I'll just get ready to hopefully see you soon.
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Friday, 26 September 2014

Paint Party Friday and Sketches... Butterfly

Today has been a truly autumnal morning with sun shining brightly but accompanied by the wind which appears to be in a hurry to move us on to winter. 
Summer has definitely slipped away as have the swallows. 
Sadly I never saw them go, but in their place I've seen fantastic flocks of geese fly overhead. 
Truly a spectacle to be seen and heard.
A visually striking performance flying in formation as they call out to each other. 
Their voices are carried on the wind and can be heard long before they come into view. 
So with the change of the season, I thought that my artwork today would be to celebrate last summer... before I move on to autumn and all of it's colourful splendor. 

I took so many photographs of butterflies over the past few months, that it seems only right to draw one.
In fact, I hope to draw two... one in my favourite black ink line drawing style, but another with colour... 
but hopefully much more loosely.
Firstly, I designed a template in order to try to obtain a symmetrical design. 
I've been twisting and turning the paper plus myself in this attempt... a little like trying to take up a new intricate yoga position that is really only do-able for the extreme guru master!
Maybe I should take up yoga instead of art? 
Now there's a thought...

I used my trusty Micron pens on A3 Daler - Rowney, Bristol Board - Airbrush ( 250g/m²) paper.
I feel so comfortable with creating this kind of drawing now, that perhaps this is my style and I should stick with it. Although, I'm trying lots of different media and techniques in my new art group, so who knows what else might become familiar and comfortable over the next few months. 
It's all very exciting.
Did you spot the difference...?
No, not in the design but the fact that I'm on to my second cuppa whilst only inking the outline! 
I'm a real teapot.


Because it's Friday, I'm linking up with Eva and Kristin's Paint Party Friday blog... 
so if you'd like to party too, then click here.
Paint Party Friday
I'm also joining Dion Dior for Friday Sketches too. 
Click here
Friday Sketches Button

How brilliant to have so many like minded people enjoying the art of ART!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
I hope I'll see you here again soon and who knows I may just pop into your place... 
so keep the kettle warm.
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Toodleloo for now 
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