Wednesday, 4 July 2012

The not so terrible twos...



parrot doodle doodimal illustration
Parrot Fashion

So, I’m going to try and cram a whole heap into this post.

Firstly, happy blogaversary to me – Pointypix is two years old today! It’s been a pretty good two years, creatively speaking, and even though I’m not quite able to quit the day job just yet, I have sold paintings, had a few commissions, been to a couple of craft fairs, made some great online blogging friends through blog hops like Paint Party Friday, Summer of Colour and Kat’s Liberate your Art postcard swap and I’m slowly getting together a body of work to try my luck with galleries with.  So I definitely feel like I’ve come a long way since I started blogging two years ago

Secondly, I sold my owl painting on Monday!! My sister had a friend round for dinner at the weekend who loved the pig painting that's up on my sister's wall so my sister showed her friend my blog and she only went and bought the owl! Yay!

Anyway, week 5 of Summer of Colour is this crazy ice cream flavour:- 


Wild n Reckless Sherbet


It looks like play doh mixed together – I'm not sure how natural those colourings are but I don’t have to eat it, just use it for inspiration in my illustration!
  
The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw the colour scheme was some kind of exotic bird and so I decided on a parrot – there’s no tale of woe to go with it, I didn’t watch a sad show about a parrot and as far as I know no rare parrots have gone extinct this week so you'll be happy to know that it’s just a painting with no eco-rant behind it!


Not so colourful Parrot

We’re off to Donegal in our caravan for a week on Saturday morning stopping off en route in Derry, my home town where I’m having a girly night out with the friend who moved to Shanghai earlier this year so apologies in advance if I don’t make it round everyone at PPF this week.

I’ve posted this on to the Summer of Colour Facebook page but won’t be able to link it to the blog hop on Monday as I won’t have internet access (so if some kind person would like to link it for me, that would be great, if not I’ll just have to miss a week!)

I’m also linking it to Paint Party Friday as I didn’t get near any of my other works in progress this week so they’ll have to wait until I get back from holiday.

See you all on 23 July and could you all please ask the Universe nicely for some sunshine for Donegal – am not sure how much fun a week in a caravan in the pouring rain will be with two energetic wee dogs!!

53 comments:

  1. Wheee! Congratulations on your blogaversary...And such a beautifully colorful way to celebrate! (Although I agree with you about not eating this flavor! Ha!)

    I also think that your black and white versions would make an amazing coloring book if you put them all together... Just a thought :)

    Have a fantastic trip!!!

    xo
    Kristin

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    1. p.s. I would be happy to link you up on Monday :)

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  2. Happy second birthday! Awesome work with the colors.

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  3. Well happy blogiversary to you! I LOVE the parrot! This whole series of zed tangle drawings is just great! But if I ate that ice-cream I'd be climbing the walls, lol! :0)

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  4. Love this Nicola! Each week I get so excited to see what you come up with! Your art is so much fun! Have a lovely trip :) Wish I was going with you!

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  5. Happy blogversary Nicola and congratulations on your sales. Loving your gorgeous parrot, you do this style brilliantly. Enjoy your vacation. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  6. Oh wow.. so manx new doodles animals! I adore them all! GREAT ART!
    HAPPY PPF!

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  7. _Happy blogaversary! :) I love the notes on the beak. :) Awesome parrot! Have a nice trip!

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  8. Ha, the owl in your banner looks almost like my drawing. Love your parrots, colored and b/w. Great idea to fill the shape of the parrot with a zentangle and then color it. Never thought about that. Happy PPF!

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  9. Love your parrot, and congrats on selling the owl! Have a great little holiday, Valerie

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  10. OK, your parrot's beak-detail totally rock! You're so creative! Congratulations on your blogaversary and your owl sale. Thank you for your kind comment and encouragement at PPF. I love that I have an animal lover friend in you:-)

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  11. Happy blogversary!! So happy your link is working this week from ppf!! I have been trying for ages to get here again and kept getting a google page!! Happy dance!!

    Anyway fabulous parrot...I love it!! You are amazing...so glad you are able to sell some piece and get an art show going!! Your work truly is unique and special! Thanks for sharing!! Grabbing your link this time!!Have a nice holiday!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. Yay Congrats on all of your wonderful news..and Happy Blogversary! Beautiful radiant art..vibrant and magical..stunning parrot..such wow factor and eye-candy...beautiful!!
    Victoria

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  13. Those colors go perfectly with a parrot! As always, your drawing is amazing!! Congrats on the blogiversary, congrats on the sales, and congrats on moving forward towards a full time fully paid art career, and congrats on getting away for a vacation!

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  14. Wonderful zentangled parrot, I would prefer the black and white version.

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  15. Very colorful zentangle ~ Parrot is done so well ~ such detail ~ lovely ~ ~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. What a great parrot. Love it! Congrats on the two years and glad you have done so much in this time. Yay for the selling of Owl. Awesome! I love both your parrots but the color one is my favorite. Nice going! Good to see you. Happy weekend to you. Enjoy your time with your friend.

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  17. These are so nice, going to have to pin this one to pinterest again!

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  18. Wow! you put so much work into your parrot drawing. Really like your ice cream as inspiration - what colours!

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  19. Happy Blogaversary!
    Congrats on selling your owl, nice to know it will be enjoyed on someone's wall!

    Your parrot really is wonderful.

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  20. Wonderful painting! Congrats on two years of blogging and your sell, you are doing great! Have a great vacation, :)

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  21. Congrats on your two years of great progress!!!! Also, on your sale of the owl. I LOVE your parrot! I think you nailed the challenge. I hope you are blessed with lots of sunshine and warmth on your trip! xo

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  22. Yay!! two years and many more to come. Congrats on painting sold. Seems like this week as come together nicely for you. Love the parrot. Happy PPF and SOC

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  23. Congratulations on your sale and on your blogiversary. Your owl is captivating. I love your colorful work as well as your welcoming blog. It is so nice when the outside world gives us positive feedback for creative work we do.

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  24. Congrats on your blogiversary! And I LOVE the parrot, what a great way to respond to the challenge!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  25. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished in the last two years. It is amazing how many wonderful things happen while we are blogging. I love all of the bright happy colors in your parrot.

    Have a wonderful week filled with only sunshine.

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  26. What a wonderful way to start out on a well-deserved vacation! A sale and an anniversary! How wonderful to have such success. I love your tangled parrot! The colors are to die for(but not by eating them!). Love his musical beak!

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  27. Happy Blogaversary! I have no idea when mine is--so now I have to go check!

    I love the parrot--I think those colors would be tough to work with, but you did a great job!

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  28. Congratulations on the two year mark with your blog! It's a wonderful blog. I love the parrot, I think it was an excellent choice with those colors!

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  29. First, Happy Anniversary! I'm so happy I found your blog and enjoy it immensely. Next, I have to tell you that the ice cream could NOT LOOK MORE UNAPPETIZING. But I LOVE what you did with the parrot. I really love how you integrate all the patterns and colors. And it made me smile to see how you added the musical notes on the parrots beak. Brilliant!

    Enjoy your week in your caravan. I will send you some of our sun, we've had quite a lot of it. Today it was 100 degrees which for you is almost 38. Sweltering!

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  30. Oh and congratulations on the sale of your owl.

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  31. Happy Blogoversary!!
    Love visiting your blog and seeing your art and reading your posts!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  32. Happy aniversary and congrats on another sale! I'll pray for sunshine for your trip! I love the bird you painted..it's sure to be another sale if you decide to part with it!

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  33. I'm a new follower! (I hope you'll follow me too!)

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  34. Wow, these last couple of years have really been full of art for you. I love the parrot, and I had to laugh when you said there was no sad story to go along with him. Funny how we can look back and see a theme emerging in our posts, isn't it?

    Congrats on selling the owl, and have a great week in Donegal! Right now just about anyone in the US would trade weather with you in a heartbeat.

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  35. Absolutely beautiful colors! And I think the parrot was a perfect way to present it!
    Catherine Denton

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  36. Happy blogaversary! Enjoy your days in the caravan with such good company.
    Cool use of the colouring.

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  37. Happy blogaverisary! Congrats on the owl painting sale - it is beautiful! Perfectly depicted sherbert bird! The patience you must have!
    cheers, dana

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  38. Happy Blogaversary and congrats on selling your works. Sometimes life hands us a bunch of good things. Your beautiful Parrot reminds me of the wild parrots that pass through SE FL twice a year (coming and going seasons). I use to live on the Intracoastal and, although I was an early riser to go to work, they would wake me way before I was ready to be up and out. They are so noisy, but being a 'bird person' I enjoyed them and really miss living on the Intracoastal tremendously. Have a great time with your friends. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  39. You're all linked up :)
    I hope you're having a great trip!
    xo
    Kristin

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  40. Congrats on 2 years of blogging and selling your work - great stuff.
    I love the parrot - he's the perfect match for those colours. Have a great week!

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  41. Congrats to your blog aniversary. And this perrot is so fantastic I have no words for it. Marvelous work. And I wish you a great time next week.
    Lovely greet
    marja
    (marjascreativity)

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  42. Forgot to say congrats with the sale of your owl. Fantastic.
    Marja

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  43. xo!
    (And thank you for linking Kristin!)

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  44. Love your work and live this piece...congrats on your 2 years too...xxx

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  45. Absolutely fantastic!!!
    I love this!

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  46. I am just loving all your sketches filled up with colors and doodles - and I have prints of George and the Giraffe now on their way to me! Best of luck - congrats on the blogaversary - Kristin J

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  47. Congrats on 2 years, and many congrats on selling your picture :o) Your parrot this week is wonderful, perfect for This week's Wild and Reckless ice cream flavour!

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  48. Your parrot seems to be ready to sing with his musical beak!! beautiful :)

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  49. Wonderful parrot!! Love the details like always :). CONGRATS for the blogversary! HUgs.

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  50. you know what I hate... I thought I had commented on this and I hadn't ... I must have had a conversation on how wonderful it is just in my head... I love the parrot... and I agree that a colouring book would be kind of wonderful.... xx

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  51. another stunning piece and I'll add my vote for a colouring book too

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  52. Gorgeous! Gotta love the doodling.

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