Friday, 13 May 2011

Paint Party Friday...at long last

Well,  I had this typed up on Thursday night ready to post first thing Friday morning when Bloggergate occurred.  So the title of my post is kind of apt as it was initially meant because I finally finished my pointy portrait of Reuben!! Who knew it would also mean I'm only getting to Friday's party with 20 minutes left before Saturday!

Anyway, I left the portrait in to get framed on Tuesday and had hoped to have it back in time to post a photo of it in the frame today but it wasn't to be (even with Blogger's frustrating delays).  Although I love to work in black ink, we don't have any black and white colour schemes in our home and, at the framers, I looked at all possible ways of bringing a little colour into the mount or frame but ultimately, the frame lady was right - black and white look best with black and white mount and frames. 

So I suggested to S that we redecorate the living room so that it fits in better!! Cue eye rolling but with an agreement to give the walls a fresh coat of paint and do away with the matchy matchy colour scheme!! We decided that we would remove the giant abstract canvas on the wall above the sofa (which I painted to match the rest of the colour scheme) and put up lots of different pictures all over that wall instead (we did this with photo frames all up the stairway and landing wall and I like that it's a bit mismatched and eclectic and gets added to every time we have a great holiday!).  And so, Reuben's portrait will be the first to hang on the 'picture wall' in our living room.  

Reuben - my wee furry lump of love!
I intend to do one of his wee sister, Brodie, as well at some point but for now, I've started a pointy portrait of a friend of mine who will be celebrating her 40th in June. She really is the girl who has everything - a real career woman with a champagne lifestyle who works hard and plays hard and who could basically buy and sell me.  Which brings up the age old question of what to get the person who has everything?

Well, in this case, she'll be getting an original pointy pix of her very own mug! (That is if it turns out as I hope it will - otherwise she'll be getting a gift voucher for House of Fraser!!)  She lives in England and I don't see her that often but all the old gang are getting together for her summer glamour party in June - I've got just under a month to get it finished and framed so best get a move on! She is also too busy and jetsetty (is that a word?) to read my blog so won't know about this! But just in case, here's just a sneaky peek of what I've got done so far!

Either this or gift vouchers!
It may take me the rest of the weekend to visit the other Paint Party Friday people but better late than never!


38 comments:

  1. It's tough to give someone a portrait, isn't it? Hope this turns out well and your friend loves it.

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  2. You are SOOOOOOOOOOOO talented!

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  3. Love your Reuben!! He is adorable.You always have a great painting. Happy PPF!

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  4. Love the way you do your art. You ARE an artist, not a would be artist! Can't wait to see Rueben in a frame. Happy PPF :-)

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  5. Awesome, love your work! Rueben is excellent and you have a great start on your friends portrait!
    Happy PPF.

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  6. that will be a lovely gift!

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  7. What beautiful attention to detail and what a treasure your gift will be. I can't tell you enough...you are amazingly talented, my friend.

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  8. Wow! Would be artist? No, you ARE an artist!

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  9. Reuben's portrait turned out wonderfully! I love that you want to redecorate your living room so it will fit in better. Your friend's portrait looks like it's coming along well! Great idea for a present!

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  10. I'm thoroughly enjoying your work. The details are just amazing. Looking forward to more. :)

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  11. Your doggy portrait has turned out great. I think your friend should be honoured to get something from you! But somehow our four legged friends always steal the show! Valerie

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  12. Loving your Reuben, such a fab dog. Your friend would sooner have a piece of your fantastic art than a gift voucher as its unique and already looking wonderful. Annette x

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  13. happy PPF! you are a very talented artist!

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  14. WOW, Rueben turned out so beautifully- I love how delicate your pointy work remained throughout this piece and I also love that you're redoing your room to accommodate him sounds like something I'd do!
    And what a beautiful present for your friend, can't wait to see how it progresses! Would be artist, my foot- you ARE an AMAZING artist!
    Happy PPF (a day late ;))
    Stephanie

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  15. OH WOW!! These are awesome!!!!!! I'd add even more exclamation points but that might be annoying and stalkerish. I love portraiture and I've given portraits of animals and of people as gifts. I love receiving them as well. :o)

    xoxo

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  16. Reuben is gorgeous, and SHOULD have the whole room decorated around it. Matchy matchy is so boring and you are an artist so you aren't allowed to be boring. ;)

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  17. Reuben turned out AWESOME and I knew he would. I'm so glad he will be showcased in the living room. He definitely belongs there! Gorgeous work!!

    And your friend will be so thrilled that you did her portrait...that is off to a beautiful start. Anybody would be honored to have their portrait done by you. Can't wait to see the finished piece! :)

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  18. hehe...I can completely visualise the eye rolling...my other half has it perfected too! :)
    Reuben is stunning...definitely worth a rehaul of the house decor! And the beginnings of your friend looks amazing too...what else could a girl want...the thought and love and personal touch of a wonderfully talented friend :)x

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  19. Rueben looks fantastic, wow! I say skip the gift voucher! She's looking great :)

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  20. Reuben looks amazing! And I don't think you'll need to buy gift vouchers for your friend. :) Portrait looks wonderful.
    P.S. Thanks for noticing I changed my blog banner. :))

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  21. I love your drawings! Details are amazing.I admire any artist who can do portraits! You can!!!!!!!!

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  22. Reuben is fabulous!!!

    The portrait, imho, is a perfect gift for your friend. It looks great for what we can see so far!

    Will you share photos of your other "painting" too? (I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has painted walls to match paintings.)

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  23. Wow - Both are BRILLIANT!!! You are very talented. I'm looking at that fur - I could stroke it!

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  24. Reuben and Brodie are wonderful furry kids. Adore Reuben's portrait and your friend is going to love hers....sure it will turn out fabulous!

    Annabelle

    p.s. You have a perfect excuse for the fresh paint job. Enjoy!

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  25. Oh my, that is amazing!!! Seriously gorgeous. I'm glad he's front and center in your living room. :D And I'm sure she'll be thrilled (I would be!).

    Thanks for your beautiful message on My Blog.

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  26. Gorgeous portraits! Both of them! Bravo!

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  27. Wow! Reuben is adorable...such detail in only black and white, the eye is phenomenal...you are so gifted!! Your gift recipients must be super thrilled to receive your amazing creations :)

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  28. Wow! How long does it take you to do this? It's amazing! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  29. The detail you have is utterly amazing - I could never do that! Beautiful work & idea.

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  30. Wow Wow you are soooo talented!!!! I love both of these pieces!!!

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  31. WOW! WOW! WOW! Seriously, wow! Reuben is amazing, and I hope you post a picture of your friend all done up! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Just popped over from Ileana's blog and just had to say how great the picture of Reuben is! Love it!

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  33. absolutely fasinating piece of art, Reuben is incredible...I love the tiny heart shape in the white of his pupil. Your friend will be ever so lucky to have your portrait creation...there are some things that money can't buy!!! Friends that care enough to give such an incredible gift of love.
    cheers, dana

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  34. i, too, will redecorate a room around a piece of art....and also get the eye rolling from the dear hubby :)

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  35. Great gift, Nicola! I think portraits rock!
    Reuben's portrait is great and deserves prominence on that main picture wall for awhile.

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  36. I am so delighted with all the amazing comments everyone left about how Reuben turned out - my sister said it was my best yet because you could tell it was done with so much love and I think perhaps she is right! I got it back from the framers today and can't wait to get it up on the wall (once we repaint!) Thank you all so much for such positive comments on me being an actual artist rather than a would be one - I'm taking the next step to making it more than a hobby- I'll keep you posted!

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  37. Rueben came out FanFreakenTastic! I wouldn't even know where to begin if I tried to do a drawing like yours. It's incredible. Can't wait to see the finished portrait of your girlfriend.

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