....is another great way for artist/bloggers to come together.
Thanks to the lovely Ileana whose blog I've been following for a few months now, I learnt that Paint Party Friday has been set up by Eva and Kristin, two artists who felt that often it helps to check in, to both encourage and be encouraged by other like-minded folk when it feels that our creativity mojo has gone missing in action. I've definitely found that since I finished the Sketchbook Project, I've been coasting along and not really doing any 'proper' artwork. So I will definitely find Paint Party Friday a good way to see what other people are doing, learn from them, and hopefully become encouraged to pick up a pen or a brush mid-week after a long, boring day at work when usually I feel more like eating a (family size) bar of chocolate and setting my brain on the coffee table while I watch TV!
Anyway, as we were off yesterday for St.Patrick's day, I decided to take today off too and have me a nice long weekend. After getting the pups out for a good long walk on the first beautifully sunny day of the year (still needed to wrap up - the sun is all talk no action in Ireland for the most part) I spent the rest of the day doing art - three different kinds!!
I have started my first ever oil painting. It is supposed to be a surprise for my brother-in-law's 40th in May (sis, if you're reading this, don't mention anything as it may turn out crap and he may never receive it!!) I have taken a couple of photos of my progress so far but as it's a gift, I don't want to post it just yet. I'm not convinced oil is my thing but I'll persevere for a while.
I also started a new pointy pet portrait of my beautiful dog, Reuben. I got as far as the outline but will start with the ink dots tomorrow hopefully. I think this will take a reaaaallly long time as his fur doesn't lend itself to stippling but as it is just for me I can take as long as I like. This is the pencil outline and the photo I'm using for inspiration.
|If you look really close, you can just about make out his face!|
Sorry, it's really hard to see the pencil on this as it is so faint but I didn't want to make too many marks until I start with the ink.
I also did another little ACEO of Skye. This one was taken from a photo of the sunrise from our rental cottage one morning.
I printed the photo off on ordinary paper and the colours weren't as vibrant so I've only noticed now how much warmer the sky actually is than I made it in my painting. Still, it is just an interpretation so I don't suppose it matters too much.
Why not hop on over to Paint Party Friday and check out all the other artists who've blogged their work today too!