Thursday, 10 November 2011

Paint Party Friday....Christmas cards, animals and anniversaries...

Here are two more Christmas card designs...




which was about all the actual art I had time for this week because…



We had our first assignment for the night class I’m doing in animal care and it was pretty chunky – 6 tasks, each with various parts to them, and we had to do a couple of PowerPoint presentations in front of the class too. I’d forgotten what it was like to do homework, and coupled with working full time and trying to find time for art, not to mention S and the dogs, I won’t lie, it’s been a tad full on!

Back many moons ago when I was at school we found all the answers in books, now though it’s all about surfing the internet for information. This, as I’m sure you know, is a bit of a double-edged sword. There is so much useful information out there, if you know the correct keywords to search under but there is also soooo much crap to wade through to get to it! People can tell you anything in cyber space so trying to find out what’s true and what isn’t when it comes to animal behaviour is a bit of a minefield – good job I watch so much Discovery Channel!

Anyway, in other news, Maegan, LeRoy’s human, loved his portrait so much that she wanted to buy it!! You might remember I had just asked her if I could use one of her photos as I’d never done a French Bull Dog before so it wasn’t originally a commissioned piece. Now however she wants me to do a portrait of her wee pug, Bebop as well! I’ll hopefully get a start on that this week.

I got a photo of the other French Bull Dog, Max, that my old college friend asked for a portrait of, so I’ll be busy enough with doggy portraits for a wee while!

I finally got Brodie’s portrait framed and it’s now hanging up beside Reuben’s in our bedroom:



Next Friday 18 November is our 6th date-iversary & 1st wedding anniversary (sort of like an American address - meet me on the corner of 6th & 1st!) So we have booked a lovely wee traditional Irish cottage on Achill Island in County Mayo for 5 days from Thursday. We’re really limited with destination choices flying directly out of Northern Ireland so we figured we’d stay in Ireland and that way we can include the dogs in our romantic anniversary getaway!



all photos credit: Imagine Ireland

So, I won’t be around next week but I will be taking my art supplies with me and I plan to make use of my very neglected camera so I'll hopefully come back with some new art and some new arty inspiration.  For now though, make sure you pop over to say hi to the ever increasing amount of creative party-goers at Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Kristin and Eva.

42 comments:

  1. Gosh you are a very busy girl........loving the cards and the great pictures you now have hanging up. Hope to see you Friday at PPF, Annette x.....PS Have a great anniversary holiday, the pictures look so romantic.

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  2. LOVE THESE HOLIDAY CARDS!!!

    Thanks for stopping by. The iphone case is called the Book Book, but it is leather. I bet there are other cute faux leather options out there though!

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  3. Love your holiday cards and your vacation getaway sounds fun. Happy date-iversary and wedding.:) Enjoy and have lots and lots of fun and take loads of pix. Happy PPF!

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  4. Have a great holiday. Sounds lovely. You are getting more and more commisions, you'll be a full time artist in no time.

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  5. Ooo that sounds wonderful - Enjoy!!! Great cards!

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  6. Lovely cards! Enjoy your anniversaries, have a great time, and congrats on selling your picture! Valerie

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  7. Pointy Pix don't you waste too much time painting when you should be celebrating ;) I love your cards & Oh Little Town is so gorgeous the town is surreal, looks like it's dancing! Puppy Ho Ho Ho is ADORABLE and I really want to say I am so thrilled you sold your LeRoy portrait, it was stunning, no wonder the owner wanted it all for herself!! That's wonderful you are expanding your education in Animal Care, I can't think of a person more suited to caring for our four legged friend :) BTW... Have you heard anything on the fate of our little friend in the council debacle I still have fingers crossed! Enjoy that anniversary & I want pics ;)

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  8. Sounds like you'll be busy for a while. :) Great christmas cards and I always love your dog portraits. :) And happy anniversay to you in case I miss it next week. You're sure up for some fun in that cottage. :) Oh, about the mini easels you asked. I got it as a gift from Valerie. I have no idea where she got them. :)

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  9. Fabulous pieces. The doggies are so detailed. Are they (last two photos) charcoal? County Mayo! Have fun, Happy Anniversary.
    Evelyn

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  10. Oh I love these paintings! The little town painting makes me feel happy and you are a master at painting dogs.

    Happy PPF!

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  11. Great Christmas cards ... and Congratulations on your anniversary, we are happy to celebrate the happiness of a couple. Saludos y un abrazo

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  12. Holiday cards are excellent ~ Love your artwork and artstyle ~ Happy Anniversary and have a wonderful time ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

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  13. Love the holiday cards! Happy, happy anniversary to you -- I can't believe it has been a year already! xo

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  14. Great things are happening all around you and I LOVE the Christmas cards you've made. The stained glass windows on "Oh Little Town"...the "Ho Ho Ho" over the pup's eye...I love all your little details and whimsical thoughts!

    Enjoy your anniversary getaway! Can't wait to see what develops from your arty inspirations to be.

    Have a beautiful weekend, my friend, and thank you for the honest and helpful thoughts on my last blogpost. I've been thinking about what you wrote re young love and it's made me relax a bit.

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  15. Love your post today and the newly framed doggie picture. The Christmas paintings are beautiful. I always love your animal paintings. And the Christmas village is whimsical and gorgeous. Faye

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  16. your life does feel full to overflowing.
    i love the art you have shown here, all of them. the top one is so charming and witty. the curvy buildings that came to life with dots.

    wishing you a wonderful celebration and time away.

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  17. ps, you asked about the leaf photograph i shared, it is covered in raindrops from the night before. the interesting thing is that the water drops are different colors, quit unusual.

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  18. These are adorable! I keep thinking it's far too soon to be talking about Christmas, but I have finally got to face it... it's coming sooooon! Not that I don't love it - it's just that I am never prepared, lol! :0)

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  19. I love you new Christmas Cards. They are Lovely. I can really feel the cold in the Wee village. Your portraits looked great framed. You are so talented. Happy Anniversary!!!! My 24th anniversary is this week. We were going to the beach but it is going to be so cold down there in Maryland. I can't walk on the beach yet with my new inproved foot. But soon. I hope you have a wonderful time. It looks beautiful!! Can't wait to see your pictures from the trip.

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  20. Yay..such a fun -fantastic post..love your holiday creations..those houses are whimsical! and wow..your art looks stunning on the wall..truly gorgoeus work..you are so talented my friend! Spectacular!
    Yay congrats..enjoy your trip!
    Victoria
    PS; thankyou for your super kind words and visits!

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  21. Your Christmas cards are terrific! That cottage looks like perfection to me. Enjoy your holiday and do lots of painting.

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  22. wow you have been busy! I love love your cards! And that cottage is adorable, have a great time!

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  23. Oh wow, where to begin....I LOVE your O' Little Twisty Town....so wonderful and of course your Santa pup is sweet too! Brodie and Reuben look incredible- but, no surprise there!
    Happy anniversary, it sounds like you have a wonderful trip planned and happy PPF!
    Stephanie

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  24. I love these cards...I love your style! :-)

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  25. oh how wonderful are these new cards....so perfect....I am so thrilled to see you following your passion.....wishing you a wonderful vacation!!!!

    Happy PPF and come share something sweet with us on my blog tomorrow for Sweet Saturdays!!!

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  26. I'm in love with both your holiday cards! :)

    Congratulations on LeRoy's human not only loving the portrait, but buying it as well! That's great!

    And happy anniversary! I completely understand wanting to have your dogs with you...we do that as much as possible, too! :)

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  27. So you have had the world's busiest week and you still manage to create such beautiful cards, wonderful work, get things framed and hung and book the most wonderful break away... you are seriously getting floods of admiration from me at the moment... you are like my superwoman hero!!! Have a great break away and hope that the weather is wonderful for it xx

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  28. love your Xmas cards and dog portraits. Have a wonderful getaway!

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  29. Safe travels and have a splendid holiday!

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  30. Loving your holiday designs...so cute and fun! Travel Safe! Enjoy!

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  31. fantastic Christmas cards! what a joy they would be to receive! congrats on the sale of LeRoy, and happy anniversary - your getaway destination looks lovely.

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  32. Very lovely cards and I love the dog with a Christmas hat especially. The pointlism you use is very good in the twisty house:) I am happy for you and your dog portraits assignments. Don't forget to take some rest while doing the things you love! Happy anniv! Enjoy!

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  33. I love your imagination for the cards. The drawing/painting is fabulous. The trip (w/pups, Bless your heart) sounds fun, heartwarming, blissful and romantic. Happy Anniversary. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  34. Love, love your doggy illustrations~ The trip sounds wonderful. Happy Anniversary! ~Happy Paint Party Friday! #61 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

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  35. I am loving your holiday cards. SO cute! I always adore your doggy portraits too...so much detail in them. Have a fantastic time on your trip too!!

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  36. happy anniversary. sounds like you will have a wonderful vacation! your cards are wonderful and i am in awe of your doggy portraits! thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

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  37. Awesome cards and wow, what a paradise for a holiday!!!!Deb

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  38. I love "oh little town"! (But is that a surprise? lol) The stained glass windows in the Church - awesome detail!!

    Ho ho ho is totally adorable!!

    Congratulations on your commissions. And your portraits look great together. I hope all of you have a relaxing, romantic getaway. See you in a few weeks.

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  39. Ah, the dots! I really admire your style, you must have a lot of patience making all those dots and make it look awesome...
    Stunning work as always!

    Happy anniversary, have fun~

    // -T.W-

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  40. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY (both of them!) Too bad you can't celebrate in NY this time. Although County Mayo is lovely. I've been there twice. My husband's mother's side of the family comes from there. Enjoy.

    Love the cards,you are so clever, and the framed portraits of Ruben and Brody.

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