Friday, 6 May 2011

Paint Party Friday...A labour of love (almost lost!)...

Reuben - almost finished pen and ink stippled portrait.

I was hoping by now to have been showing this as a finished piece but if you happened to read my post about our trip to Donegal over Easter, you'll know about the drama I had when we got home to discover it hadn't made it home with us and how very, very lucky I am that it is once again in my possession (Thanks to Art, the owner of Sleepy Hollows campsite who kindly searched the grounds, found and posted it back to me after I rang in desperation!)

Anyway, S collected it from the Post Office for me today and I am just so very glad to have it back safe and sound that I wanted to show it to you as it is.  I will work on it over the weekend and will hopefully get it completed by next week's Paint Party Friday

So, in other news, my sister and brother-in-law arrived late on Tuesday night and we sat up til midnight catching up as we hadn't seen my sister since our wedding in November.

I gave my brother-in-law the picture which he loved (although of course he was never going to go "urgh, that's crap, I hate it!" but he certainly seemed genuinely surprised and pleased and my sister definitely loves it!) along with a wee card I made up enclosing money to get it framed when they get it back to England.

What the picture might look like framed!
We also sat up late on Wednesday night chatting, eating, drinking, and getting all competitive over board games so that is my excuse for not having anything new to bring to this week's paint party friday. I didn't want you to think I didn't do any art at all this week though so if I might be so bold, I would like to direct you to Tuesday's post of my latest Walkies ACEO (which I should've just kept and posted today if I'd had a titter of wit as my mother would say!)

Well, excuses over, I'm off to see what everyone else has been up to this week on Paint Party Friday!

45 comments:

  1. WOW is the word I utter when I saw "Reuben"! The details is amazing. You're such a talented artist. GREAT WORK! :D

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  2. OK, you have a ood excuse for not doing your homework! The doggy portrait looks great so far! Valerie

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  3. Oh my! I cannot imagine your distress. Glad to hear it's home and safe. Looks gorgeous!

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  4. Your detail work is amazing.

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  5. Wow your work is just beautiful! So detailed I love your style. This is a beautiful piece and I'm sure will be even more amazing when it's finished. Lovely painting too! :0)

    My mum is a big fan of pointilism (sorry about the spelling) I used to love it when I was younger but paint kinda took over. You should check out my mum's blog. She doesn't update it much as her pieces take so long to complete but she's in love with pointilism too. http://pennysposts-penny.blogspot.com/ scoll down and you will be able to see a couple of pointalism pieces as well as some beautiful drawings! :0) I shall send her a link to your blog too! :0)

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  6. I love reading your posts!
    This one had me a blonde moment, because I initially thought that the Drama was arriving home without the actual dog! When you then went on to say that he had been kindly posted back, my eyebrows raised! Only after a moment did I realise that you meant the drawing and not the dog, lol!
    The drawing is exceptional by the way and I will look forward to seeing the finished piece :0)

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  7. Thank you so much for the comments and Nicola, I'll look forward to visiting your mum's blog - it's so lovely to meet other pointillism lovers!

    Sandra you gave me a laugh imagining our poor wee Reuben being boxed up and posted back from Donegal!! I could never forget one of my furry lumps of love (and I don't think the wind would've been strong enough to lift him out of the truck which is what must've happened to my portrait!!)

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  8. Reuben is coming along so beautifully- I love how delicate you line/dot work is- so incredible! And I KNEW they would love the painting- how could they not?
    Off to look at your Tuesday post!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  9. Your talent shines through in both 'Reuben' and your painting for your brother-in-law. I'm not surprised your your sister & brother-in-law were happy - what a treasure for them to keep. Where abouts in the UK do they live in this lovely home?

    Its wonderful to hear about the kindness of the campsite owner - reminds us that there are a lot of lovely people out there and helps counteract all the negativity we're used to hearing in the press. Glad Reuben was found :-)

    Kat X

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  10. Reuben is AMAZING as is the bday gift! Hope you continue to enjoy your family visit and keep posting your art.

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  11. You are so lucky to have Reuben back where he belongs. He's wonderful.

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  12. Reuben is GORGEOUS! I can see why you would be frantic to have him back with you. It is a lovely piece. Happy PPF and so glad you're in the swap!

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  13. Wow, wow and more wow! Love your style! Reuben is a sweet heart through and through! The little Walkies Aceo is also very good , I took a quick peak. Glad everything turned out okay for you.

    xx Annabelle

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  14. Reuben is such a wonderful ink drawing I love him! & the card so pretty~ That is amazing they found it & you got your drawing back. So glad things turned out & you had a nice visit. Happy weekend to you. Theresa

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  15. The dog looks great and the house is great, and secure your brothers enjoy showing it to their friends. Hugs

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  16. Reuben is beautiful. Every line. I'm so glad you got him back!

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  17. You ar such a talented artist. I'm so glad you got Reuben back. :-)

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  18. Oh Rueben is AWESOME! So glad he is found again. I wouldn't have known you weren't done with him if you didn't tell me! Happy PPF!

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  19. I am so happy you got him back! How horrible those few days must have been. What an incredible piece! Gorgeous!!

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  20. Reuban is AMAZING!!!!!!!! Your art is fabulous. Have a great weekend - xo

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  21. I'm so happy for you that Rueben came back to you! What a wonderful drawing. Tell your brother in law if he doesn't like his painting, I'll take it. Sounds like you had a great visit with them. Happy PPF! :-)

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  22. Oh wow you got so lucky!! Rueben is looking fabulous, how long does it take to complete a picture like this? What patience you have, it is great. I love your Hill Walkies too, fun and spontaneous looking!

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  23. oh wow wow and wow!!!! Reuben is coming along amazingly!!! love this technique!!!! amazing work!!!

    Happy PPF!!!

    oh and PS....if you want to get your work published and you love to create food art....you can join in this cool project we have over at 100 Illustrations....it is called 100 Illustrations - my Favorite Food......free to the first 100 Artists and Illustrators!!! so join in!!!

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  24. Oh wow such fabulous detail, you are so very talented and am in total awe. Annette x

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  25. phew for the kindness of campsite owners and the luck of the gods for Reubens return! :) Which can I just say WOWWW how amazing is the wee furry guy? You are soooo talented. The detail and the amount of time this must have taken you is mind boggling! I love that the wee sparkle in his eye is heart shaped. Truly absolutely AMAZING :)x

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  26. Oh my goodness. Such detail! Reuben looks great!! Your work is just wonderful Thanks for sharing. Happy PPF!

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  27. What an incredible piece of work. I can imagine how you must have felt to fear it lost. This piece looks like a real labour of love. Just brilliant.

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  28. I would've been a total mess without Reuben. So glad he's back where he belongs. This is really over the top, amiga! I can't wait to see what the finished piece will look like as I'd be perfectly delighted with the way it looks now. You have some serious talent and inspirational creativity. Love what you do!!

    Happy PPF!! :)

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  29. Nicola: My first visit here and I LOVE it here! We have a Brodie too, cept she's a Bella ... little white westie, she loves the beach. Great job on Reuben and he's not even done!? off to visit more of your world ...

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  30. This is beautiful and so detailed! Love it. I'm glad you got it back safe and sound. :)

    Thanks for your sweet comments on My Blog.

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  31. Wow..Super-wow !! you are brilliant...this is amazing..you are super fabulous Pointy Pix!!
    Victoria

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  32. Incredible! You really are an amazing artist. Wonderful detail...I could reach out and pet him!

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  33. So glad they loved there painting! And glad you found your other. So cute!

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  34. You are a funny bunny, of course your brother in law loved it, he will probably show everyone that walks in the house, LOVE your post & your dog soooooo good!

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  35. Love the doggy picture, so glad he found his way home... a real Lassie story...

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  36. Reuben's portrait is spot on, Nicola. Love it!

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  37. I think I lost my post, if not disregard this one. I love, love, love this dog. It is amazing with so much detail and the eyes seem to be looking right at you.

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  38. Blogger is playing up today with it´s comments service, my excuses if this post is a duplicate!
    Great to read your painting was so well received. Amazing work on Reuben, he looks so full of life.

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  39. Your stipple work is amazing. I see why you wanted it back!

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  40. That's a wonderful drawing. You have great talent. and thank you for always coming to my blog and leaving a positive comment which I appreciate even more cos you so obviously know what you are doing! Love Rosie

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  41. Wow, what a dramatic story! I was so happy to read that Reuben's portrait was saved. And may I say that it is amazingly impressive. I can't wait to see it finished.

    Your gift to your brother-in-law with your card and money for framing was a wonderful and kind gift.

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  42. I am so glad Reuben is back to you safe and sound! (and looking fabulous, I might add!)

    Your brother-in-law is definitely very lucky to have received such a beautiful and thoughtful gift!

    xo
    Kristin

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