Thursday, 19 January 2012

A farewell, a no show and some orange eyes...



I can't believe it's Friday again already. Last Saturday saw me up at 6am for my early morning flight to England to for my friend’s farewell party in St. Albans. There were 11 of us staying over at her house so it was pretty hectic getting ready. Everyone else spent the afternoon getting spray tans, gel nails, their hair curled and professionally applied make up in preparation for the party. I, er, didn’t. Well, I had painted my own nails and used a wee bit of Lavera tanning cream (vegan friendly and the best I’ve ever tried, by the way!) a couple of days beforehand and as my hair's in a short bob there isn’t much of it to get curled! Also, call me old-fashioned (or tight) but I’ve been applying my own make up for 25 years so I’m not about to pay someone else to do it for me at this late stage and figured that a party frock and some heels were plenty of effort for someone more at home in wellies and jeans covered in muddy paw prints!! So, it would seem that actually, in the scheme of things, I’m pretty low maintenance after all (although S may beg to differ!)

I had hoped to show you some photos of the party but it turns out that my new phone isn’t so good for taking photos because no one seems able to hold it steady so all the photos are a tad on the blurry side (In fact they look much like most of my photos from the 80s and 90s before the dawn of digital and HD etc!) So, you'll have to take my word for it - everyone else looked fabulous and I scrubbed up not too badly!

Like all my art, it looks better if you squint or look from a distance!!

So, in other news,  my night class in animal care was supposed to start back this week but the tutor phoned in sick (which she also did the week before Christmas). I get the impression that she isn’t really interested in teaching our small class of adults as I guess she thinks it isn’t exactly going to lead on to new careers for any of us, being an entry level qualification and us all being so middle-aged! Her attitude has kind of dampened my enthusiasm, to be honest, but I’ll finish the course and get my qualification and even if it means I just know a bit more about animal behaviour than I did before then it won’t be a waste of time.

Anyway, back to the art, this is a portrait in acrylics of one of the most beautiful birds on this planet, the owl. I used a photo from the Paint my Photo website as inspiration. I mentioned millions of times before what a great resource it is for artists as people post photos on it that artists are free to use as inspiration without the worry of copyright. Anyway, as coincidence would have it there is always a monthly challenge on Paint my Photo and January’s was to paint any photo on the site pertaining to wild animals – so this week, I’m linking to both Paint Party Friday and Paint my Photo!

This is the first of my canvasses for the Windows to the Soul series. The previous ones I did were small watercolours sketches but my aim for this year is to do a whole series of different sized large canvasses and wooden surfaces which I’m then going to try to get a gallery to accept (in my head anyway!)

It's not that I've developed a strange thing for including my hand in the photos
but I wanted to show that this one is bigger than teeny tiny!

Tomorrow, S and I are off to our one day photography course so we can learn how to get the best out of our SLR cameras and hopefully after that I’ll be able to take much better photos of exactly the subject matter I want to eventually paint. Apologies in advance if I don't get round every one at PPF but I will try over the weekend!

39 comments:

  1. I love this owl, its a beauty,

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  2. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! So well done and GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!

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  3. I hink this "Windows o the Soul" series that you are working on is phenomenal. The owl is beautiful!

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  4. the owl is awesome!!! well done!!!

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  5. This is brilliant - love the eyes especially. You have a great 'eye' yourself!

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  6. The owl is amazing! And I love that you put your hand in the shot cause I thought it was smaller. Have fun tomorrow and learn a lot. :)

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  7. Beautiful work, I have been watching an owl here each evening, really nice! Valerie

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  8. Awesome painting, just amazing!
    Thank you for sharing about Paint my Photo, have to check that out!

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  9. Wow, this is so 'eye' catching, lol! I think that your mini paintings are absolutely amazing! I zoomed in really close to see all of those little brush marks. I love owls faces, they are so beautiful :0)

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  10. Well done! What a splendid creature you've painted- I especially like his eyes! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  11. Beautiful! I love how dimensional it is, and those bright orange eyes, just perfect.
    Sounds like you had a great time at your friend's party! I have a friend who lives near St. Albans and whom I visit from time to time. Always like going to St. Albans, it's a lovely town. Have fun at your photo day course! I just love my DSLR and wouldn't want to live without it anymore :). HPP!

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  12. Totally gorgeous. Have a great weekend, Annette x

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  13. I LOVE your owl- such beautiful texture and his eyes are incredible!
    PPF Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  14. Wow, what a beautiful piece. Your owl is fantastic. Lots of work you've done on this piece, and texture galore. Love it and the eyes. Glad you had a great time in England. Sounds like you did. Enjoy your weekend and again, great piece.

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  15. I really like this one. You do have a gift for capturing the intelligence in an animal's gaze.

    I'm with you on Fluffing Up. These days for me it's putting on my one pair of earrings and some lipstick from a tube I probably bought ten years ago. God, when I think of all the hours I spent trying to glam up over the years.

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  16. GORGEOUS!! His eyes are piercing and beautiful. I love everything about this painting.
    Catherine Denton

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  17. Your owl is awesome! Love it~ namaste, carol, (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

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  18. An amazing acrylics painting! He is looking right into my soul. Good luck on the rest of the course. And thanks for mentioning Paint my Photo one more time. I am going to check it out as I have to look at photos to paint animals and people. Maybe I'll get some inspiration.

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  19. Your owl is sooo beautiful, but then you're so talented!

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  20. What a gorgeous owl! Just love it!

    I think it's hilarious what you say about S not getting the fact that you're pretty low maintenance. Guys are like that, aren't they?

    So sad to hear that your instructor for the animal class is less than inspiring. Sounds like it would be fun, otherwise.

    Happy PPF and enjoy the photography class!

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  21. Oooh I'm doing an Owl this week too! Your's is gorgeous! Happy WOYWW #23 ~Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

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  22. This is a great painting and you and I are on the same page maintenance wise... don't get the whole makeup hair stuff for a night out with the girls.... isn't part of the fun the fights in the bathroom getting ready and swiping each other;s stuff... not that I have much stuff these days... glad you had fun though and that it is a good week... have fun on your course... happy ppf xx

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  23. Wonderful owl painting! I hope you learn lots at your photography class! Happy PPF! Helen @ Natures Walk Studio

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  24. Gorgeous eyes! Love the reflections you put in!

    I hate someone else putting my makeup on me, they always get it wrong. At least they got it wrong two out of two times I tried. I think you put enough effort, and I am sure you looked fab! I wouldn't have bothered with the tan myself, LOL!

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  25. amazing painting!! happy PPF!

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  26. Beautiful! I love the pointillism!

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  27. Those eyes just demand to be focused on - the owl is in charge and he knows it- what a painting!!!

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  28. All I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! Your owl is FANTASTIC!!!!!

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  29. As Craig Revel Horwood would say FAB-U-LOUS. Enjoy your photography course. Will expect to see great photographs !! Mum

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  30. this is amazing....brilliant eyes...oh..so sorry to hear about your course...hopefully she turns up this week...xxx

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  31. I think being low-maintenance gives us more time for our art. :)
    Love your owl portrait! Going to check out the Paint My Photo website now.
    Thanks for the link!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  32. The OWL is fabulous! Can't wait to see what you do next for the series...
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

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  33. Absolutely gorgeous!! I am sure a gallery will be VERY interested in your paintings for a show like that. A fabulous idea and goal.

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  34. LOVE it! The eyes are so striking. Really beautiful work!!

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  35. I am very impressed your expressing way, I really liked this post, Thanks
    Spray Tan in NYC

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