When I was in London at the start of the month, my sister saw a painting at the Royal Academy Annual Exhibition that she really liked but that was already sold, so I offered to paint something similar for her as a gift. The painting in question was a simple little canvas of some licorice allsorts - not my usual subject matter.
I had in mind to do my own version on one of my mini canvasses so suggested doing two and asked her what other sweets she'd like. The answer was jelly babies and so here is my very first non-animal, non-landscape acrylic mini canvas.
|'Bowl of Babies' - Acrylic on mini canvas 5x5"|
I didn't want to just paint the sweets on their own as that was too similar to the other painting so I decided to add a bit of interest by putting them into a glass bowl.
I've sketched out the bowl of licorice allsorts and will get started on that next. I've really enjoyed painting this - it's so different from anything I've ever painted before - perhaps I'll do a whole sweetie series! Got to try to find some vegan-friendly jelly sweets though as S had to eat these once I'd finished with them.
I didn't actually paint them from life, sitting on the table in front of me - I took a load of photos and worked from those instead - perhaps that defeats the purpose of still life paintings but the angle I wanted to paint them from would have meant me kneeling on the floor in front of the table!
In other news, today I was sitting in the sun room having my lunch when two sheep walked past the window. Fair enough, we live right beside farmer's fields so there are sheep there a lot of the time. But...these sheep weren't in the field - they were in our garden. More precisely, they were in a part of our garden that is secured by a gate at one end with and another gate at the other end with fences, bushes and a dry stone wall all the way around so how they got in is anyone's guess!
|Mother and daughter a bit bemused as to how they got here!|
I wasn't sure what to do and couldn't find the farmer's telephone number so I called the Scottish SPCA where I volunteer each week. They asked me for the number on the sheep's ear tag and from that where able to find out that they came from the estate across the road from our cottage.
|After I managed to get them into the side garden to munch on the grass|
I managed to 'shoo' them into a different part of our garden with grass in it so they could at least have something to eat and a while later two shepherds from the estate turned up to take them away. At that point I felt really guilty as I wished I could've helped them in their bid to escape their unfortunate fate but instead I was handing them back over to their 'captors'. They managed to bundle the ewe back into their truck but her lamb ran off, jumped over our front garden wall onto the road and disappeared. She'll be missing her mum but will no doubt have been tracked down by now. I did ask the shepherd could I keep her if she turned up in my garden again - he laughed and said if I had a big enough freezer to which I indignantly replied 'Well, I'll not be eating her, I'll keep her as a pet'.