Thursday, 8 December 2011

A painted pointy portrait and the lovely surprise revealed...

One of my favourite shows is Boardwalk Empire. I love Steve Buscemi as an actor. He’s got a fabulous face – all craggy and baggy and full of character. After watching Saturday’s episode I got a notion to try a pointy portrait of him but this time I decided to try it with watercolour instead of Indian ink probably because I've been loving doing it on the Christmas cards designs I did recently.

I'm quite pleased with it apart from his nose which I think I made look a little flattened. I'm going to try more of these painted portraits though as they are fun to do and not  nearly as time consuming as the pen and ink ones. Here’s how it turned out:

Pointy portrait of Steve Buscemi

So, those of you who read my last post on our trip to Achill will be wondering what the lovely surprise was. Well…S had only gone and had a wee wooden art studio built, as an anniversary present, in our back garden while we were away!!

My wee art studio!
We had talked about this in the abstract a while ago with me saying how much I’d love somewhere to paint so that I didn't take over the kitchen table with all my art (especially true when I painted my brother-in-law’s birthday present in oils earlier this year – it was sitting on the table drying between sessions for about 2 months and we had to eat round it!)

It was one of those things that was on the long finger though. Or at least that’s what S led me to believe! While we were away he had a local company who make bespoke sheds and summer houses come round and fit it into an odd shaped area that used to be a rockery. I love it. 

These are the photos of it outside so far but at the weekend S took me to IKEA for bits and bobs to kit it out inside. He insulated it last night and is going to plasterboard over that then paint it inside and run electric through to it and put up work surfaces with storage drawers underneath. We got some black and white tile effect linoleum for the floor and he found a brand new floor standing easel for sale on Gumtree (a website a bit like Craigslist) reduced to £15!! We even got some wooden blinds for the windows! I can’t wait until it’s all finished inside and I definitely won’t have any excuse for not trying some bigger pieces now that I’ll have more room and somewhere for them to dry!


From this side it looks like an old fashioned outdoors WC!!

Brodie posing outside.
The inside is a work in progress


At the moment, it's a work in progress but I’ll be sure to post photos as soon as its finished inside. I really do have a very thoughtful husband!

This is my contribution to Paint Party Friday this week. Don’t forget to pop over and visit some of the other wonderful artists who participate.

37 comments:

  1. its lovely, its perfect, what a sweet heart that husband of yours is.Its a lovely spce,

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  2. You so deserve this studio with all the fabby art you produce. It must take ages to do this pointy picture and it looks great. x

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  3. Wow! LOVE your Steve Buscemi! What character. I loved him in "Fargo." (Now you're inspiring me to sketch him.) :)

    As for your studio, OMG, what a dream come true! That's the best present anyone can give a girl...one who likes drawing and painting! So happy for you, chica!!

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  4. What a sweetheart! This is so cool and I can't wait to see how it progresses.
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  5. What a lovely surprise! Enjoy! Valerie

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  6. You will live in your new Art Studio, its perfect!! As is your likeness of Steve Buscemi xxxx

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  7. Can you hear me screaming with delight? I am so excited for you!!!! Ah... how I would love my own little art space.

    Steve is brilliant by the way - you captured him so well - he does have a really characterful face.

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  8. The portrait is a masterpiece! Really amazing!
    We have a summer-house at the bottom of the garden which my husband converted in to my painting place. He put velux widows in the roof too so the light floods in! I keep a small oil heater on low during the winter months so my materials don't get damp, but in the summer it stays warm without.
    I love it! I can splatter paint all over the place and it really doesn't matter! You will love it! :0)

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  9. Superb art and congrats on your art space! ENJOY IT and make LOTS of art! Happy PPF!

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  10. Congrats on your art sturido! :) Looks amazing! And I love your portrait! Really looks like him. :)

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  11. How wonderful of your hubby to do this for you! I love your portrait also, very life-like and interesting to look at.

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  12. Wow..brilliant work..so beautiful and stunning! you are awesome!

    and yay.congrats,...that place is going to look fabulous!
    Victoria

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  13. I love your new pointy pieces....what a great one with the colours.....and your Studio is as cute as can be!!!! I love it!!!! I know you will be inspired in that space and make it very special!!!

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  14. I had a playhouse my dad built when I was a kid. We children were so excited to have a place of our own. I know you have the same sort of excitement about getting your very own studio. Congratulations! As for your watercolor pointy pic, it is truly amazing. Each week I examine your paintings and can hardly believe how everything comes together so very beautifully. Faye

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  15. Excellent portrait of Steve!

    What a wonderful surprise!! I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks once you and your art move in.

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  16. Oh how exciting Nicola!! I'm so happy for you. I can hardly wait to see it complete. You are going to have lots of fun there with your artwork. How wonderful. What a great present from your husband. Thanks for sharing and I love the doggie out there. He thinks it belong to him/her. Take care and HAPPY HOLIDAYS. See you soon.

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  17. p.s. Excellent portrait, great job.

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  18. Nic, you do have a thoughtful husband ... love your wee art studio! A x

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  19. LOVE your new studio...especially the color and shape of it!
    Brodie is a cutie, too!
    What a thoughtful husband you have!! :)

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  20. Your portrait is so fantastic!! You've captured his essence. I really like him as an actor, too.

    OH MY GOSH! Your new art studio is so great! I'm so happy for you :) Here's one for the hubby! I can't wait to see it finished and with all your goodies in it.

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  21. awesome room!!! Thanks for sharing the pics, so cool!
    Oh, and the art, you did a great job, I recognized the face right away!

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  22. If they talk to you then they are interested and if they are interested now then they could well be interested in the future. You are offering them something great. Don't forget that. Love Rosie

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  23. Your portrait's amazing, you're so talented! And your studio is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. WOW!!! SOMEBODY LOVES YOU!!!! Very nice to have your own space :0)

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  25. That has got to be in the Surprise Hall of Fame! It's completely brilliant. How are you standing having it right outside and not using it yet? You obviously married well.

    Oh, and the Buscemi portrait is terrific.

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  26. Love your dotted work as usual ... :)
    And oh how I envy you of your loving S and a personal studio. You're such a lucky woman.

    Well here is a best wishes to your artwork in 2012. Well Done! :)

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  27. I love your pointillism art on the portrait. How lovely! Also congratulations on your new studio! what a lovely surprise!

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  28. It looks just like him (I think the nose is wonderful just as it is too)! I am always so amazed by your pointy portraits and I think they are so much fun in color!

    Congratulations on your new studio - what a fantastic surprise! I can't wait to see all of the beautiful paintings you create in it :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  29. Oh wow what a lovely surprise! Your hubby is a gem. Mine is a carpenter and I can see I need to have a talk with him,lol! Your pointy portrait came out great!

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  30. Oh my goodness! I'm so jealous of your studio! How ABSOLUTELY fabulous!

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  31. oh, I love him too! And your studio! oh, awesome!!!

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  32. Oh how exciting!!! A place all your own!!! I love that! I really love having a peek at your little puppy!!! Oh I almost forgot. Your painting is awesome!!! You are sooo talented. I can't wait to see the exciting new pieces you do in your new studio!!! And might I say that S is a really great guy. He's a keeper!!!

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  33. wow, that painting looks like it took a long time to make! well done! thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

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  34. I love Steve buscemi too, GREAT job!!! And so love your new little art shed! I'm jealous!

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  35. The portrait of Steve Buscemi is brilliant! I love the watercolor effect. Wonderful work! And your studio is awesome! Wow! How perfect is that! So cool that your hubby did that for you. :-)

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  36. I also paint at my kitchen table, Nicola! I want one of these! Smile. On another note, I really like the watercolor pointy portrait.

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  37. congratulations on your new studio. That S is something! And I love your portrait of Steve Buscemi. Rumor has it he lives in my neighborhood but I've never seen him.

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