Happy New Year (at what point is it too late to say that?!)
One of my artistic intentions this year is to focus more on making videos of my paintings in progress to post on You Tube. I've made a few time lapse videos over the last couple of years but they were few and far between and so I asked S for a new time lapse camera for Christmas. He went one better than the type I had in mind and bought me a new GoPro Camera which I can keep out in my art shed solely for the purpose of making time lapse videos! It can be controlled via an app on my mobile phone so even I should be able to work it! I can't wait to try it out! In the meantime, I got brave and decided to go in front of the camera to make a wee introductory video - this will be the first and probably last time I ever film myself!
So, I still don't have any new paintings to show you although I am so close to finishing the one I started back in November that I've been slowly working on once a week since then (as I'm still working two part time jobs as per my last post). It's the painting beside me in the video.
|Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil - just in the wrong order!|
However, I did do something creative towards the end of last year but I just couldn't post about it until now because it was for a Secret Santa present. I'm sure I've mentioned before that I'm part of a collaboration of vegan artists called The Art of Compassion? Well, the founder of the group, Leigh, asked if any of us would like to take part in a Secret Santa swap. Those who participated each answered a questionnaire about what sort of art we'd like to receive, our favourite colours and what sort of vegan goodies we'd like to try and then we were assigned someone to create a gift for.
|Hear no evil|
I decided to do something based on the rescue dogs that Morgan, my recipient, has but because she is also an animal artist, it seemed a bit redundant to paint portraits of them when she would be perfectly able to do that herself. Instead I decided to have another go at creating a couple of wee polymer clay models of them, similar to the one I did back here. Just as I was starting to make them she adopted a third dog so I adapted my idea a little to have them represent 'Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil'.
|See no evil|
I only had the photos posted on Facebook to work from so had to hope that I got the fur markings of the two brown and white dogs right as I couldn't see them from every angle! As they're a rather rough and ready I decided to call them Ruff Dawgs!
|Speak no evil|
Anyway, I had fun making these and thankfully, Morgan absolutely loved them! Also thankfully, they arrived in time for Christmas as, despite me posting them on 17 November to allow plenty of time for them to get to Chicago, USA, the Post Office put an extra zero in the post code and so, the parcel travelled to Perth, Australia because for some reason no one bothered to check the actual address label! Thankfully the sorting office in Australia realised and sent it on to America so it got there on 16 December!
|As always, as soon as Brodie saw a camera she assumed it was for her |
and gave me her best angle!
There was also a delay with the courier bringing my gift from my Secret Santa, Leigh, from Spain and it didn't get to me until New Year's Eve but it was well worth the wait - look what I received! How beautiful is this mandala painting - I LOVE it!
|My beautiful mandala painting by Leigh Sanders|
As you can see from the photo, I also received two big bars of Spanish vegan chocolate, two hand made soaps and a lovely lip balm - I was spoiled!
Anyway, that's all my new for now - thank you for anyone who still bothers to visit my blog - I know I've not really been about for much of the last few months but hopefully, I'll be back in the painting swing of things very soon - and I'll even have video evidence!