Thursday, 23 August 2012

Mutton dressed as glam...

First things first, thanks to my biggest collector, I sold my original Giraffiti painting last week! The lady that I credited with starting me back on the road to being an artist in my Paint Party Friday featured artist slot here, bought it to add to the three other paintings of mine that she already has! Thanks Hilary! (Prints still available from Fine Art America, by the way!)

I didn't get round to posting last week.  I've been working on my cow painting, Cowmodity, for the last couple of weeks.  I started doing tiny little pointillism dots of paint and after several hours of work and only a fraction of the cow being painted I realised it was a bridge too far to use that style on this size of canvas, being the largest one I've done yet. Then by happy accident, I came across a stipple brush I'd ordered online a year or so ago imagining it to be smaller than it was.  Turns out while it was too big for the project I'd gotten it for at the time, it's perfect for adding a loose pointy feel to this larger piece.  It does come in for a bit of a bashing though so I've ordered 10 more as I think this one may be on its last legs! 

Anyway, this is a red herring (or a red cow) as I'm not actually posting a photo of the cow painting today - it not being finished yet and me not wanting to post a work in progress. Instead, I decided to take a break from the acrylics and do another doodimal instead. 


'Mutton dressed as Glam' - watercolour & ink sheep doodimal

Credit: S - the friendliest sheep ever.
Mutton in monochrome

This was one of three sheep we visited at the Ark Farm, a sort of open farm that claims to be interested in the preservation of rare breeds.  They had lots of chickens running around and little chicks that children could feed together with a sign on their cafe window advertising home-made chicken pie - talk about a serious disconnect!! Anyway, I digress - I've never met friendly sheep before as normally they are timid and scared seeing as the only contact they have with humans is when we're about to do something unpleasant to them. However, these 3 came running up to the fence and stuck their heads through allowing us to chuck them under the chin and stroke the top of their fuzzy curly heads! As we walked alongside their field they followed us for more attention! Needless to say I loved them!

I plan to do an acrylic of this gorgeous lady as well but just fancied doing a wee doodimal as I enjoyed doing them so much during the Summer of Colour challenge.  I couldn't think what to call this piece, initially it was going to be 'Baah Bling' or 'Because Ewe're gorgeous' but then I decided on 'Mutton dressed as Glam'!

I'm linking to Paint Party Friday and will visit as many folk as I can over the weekend.

34 comments:

  1. The cow is fabulous, and the name is genius! The sheep looks so friendly, what a pretty lady, love to see the her "work" when you paint her. xx

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  2. I agree with Rosa, the name is Brilliant!! Love this quick cow fix until the big one is done!!Gorgeous work!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  3. Ahhh, can't wait to see Cowmodity. But while we wait, this doodlisheep is just super fun! And congrats on the sale too!!

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  4. That chicken pie cracked me up! Love your glam sheep! Valerie

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  5. Great title for your fab Mutton dressed as Glam. Congratulations on another sale, thats brill news. Have to say I adore your animal doodles. Enjoy the weekend. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  6. Love the doodimal. And the names you give your pieces. Stunning! And very serious disconnect with the chicken pie! :)

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  7. Congrats on the sale! I know how exciting it is. I sold one of my paintings last week as well after a long, long time. Awesome feeling! :) I really love these close ups of animals. You did a great job with the mutton. :)

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  8. Congratulations on having a collector! That's wonderful news!
    And it's a lovely Doodimal too.
    I didn't post last week either. There's so much going on at the moment I barely know where to find the time to do anything at all! I hope things settle back in to a routine once Charlie goes back to schoolo :0)

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  9. Oh. I love your doodled sheep! And great news about your sale! Congrats! looking forward to seeing your cowmodity!

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  10. I really love your doodle animal style, it's such fun! It still has the same deep connection to the animals that comes through in your other portraits, but these are so whimsical.

    Congrats on having another sale. Here's to many, many more!

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  11. Congratulations on your art sale!!
    Loving all the wonderful lines and details and patterns in this week's portrait, too! :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  12. Love the doodimal! Looks like an illustration in a children's book. Congrats on selling the giraffiti.

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  13. So cool, what an awesome way to make a "draw this animal" painting to something unique and personal!
    Also love how soft and touchable the pink nose looks, I wanna pet it~ X3

    // Virtual Boy

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  14. Great perspective, awesome loose doodling and the fun! Priceless title!
    Congrats on your sale!
    Happy PPF!

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  15. Ha ha I LOVE it and congrats on your sale. I also sold another piece today- it's the greatest feeling in the world. I am adding your blog to my list of fave blogs to visit you more often. Happy PPF.

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  16. i LOVE mutton!! Great Doodimal. Congrats on the sale. Happy PPF

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  17. Excellent doodimal. Can't wait to see the cow. Laughed at your story about the chicken pies. Go figure! One time I was in Iceland and there was a puffin sanctuary and it was all about saving the puffins and then down the road there was a restaurant that served....PUFFIN!

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  18. Hi Nicola. I am loving your doodimals and what a great name. Great story. Congrats on the sale. Happy PPF! Oh, yes I am going to be making the chicken jerkys for my family pet members instead of buying.

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  19. I love your doodimal and I love that name! He is so fun and playful! Gorgeous colors.

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  20. I love the whole idea of a "doodimal"!!! The piece is wonderful, and I'm glad you got to meet some friendly sheep--

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  21. Love your animal creations ~ very creative and unique ~ Congrats on your sale ~ Wonderful! ~ A Creative Harbor)

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  22. I love this doodimal sheep, it's fun! I'm also anxious to see your cow painting... the technique sounds most interesting. Happy PPF!

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  23. Congrats on selling your Giraffiti, which I remember and love! The red cow is adorable...yours and the real thing. I don't know but you always manage to inspire me to try something new...watercolor, doodling, sketching animals. If you lived closer I'd have a museum of experiments. Thanks for always sharing and telling stories about your great work!

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  24. Thank goodness they weren't selling mutton!

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  25. Congratulations on the sale! I want to pet that sheep! Super cute mutt photograph and wonderful doodimal.

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  26. I'm not surprised you're selling - your 'stuff' is so brilliantly original, entertaining and usually full of fun ... love the titles: cowmodity, mutton dressed as glam!! brilliant touch (chuckle)

    You reminded of me of my niece who was ranting on against killing foxes whilst eating her lamb chops! (mint!)

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  27. Your lamb is adorable doodlwhatever! SO cute and so well done. Love it.
    HPPF on Sunday...been a busy week here.

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  28. PS HUGE CONGRATS on the sale of your painting too!!!

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  29. Love the Doodle sheep. Fun drawing. Congrats too on selling and having a collector.. thats the best news. HPPF

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  30. She does look glam and pretty charming too...love it!

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  31. well done!!! your line work always blows me away!!!

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  32. Love your dodeling artwork, how much fun you must have making them..

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  33. Can't wait to see the cow and I love that sheep!!

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