Thursday, 13 September 2012

Cock-a-doodle-doo...

So recently my artistic mojo has gone AWOL.  I could've searched high up and low down for it (and might even possibly have found it lurking in my art studio behind the jar of paint brushes had I been able to motivate myself to set foot in it, in the last two weeks) But because I had neglected it, it seemed that my artistic mojo had taken the huff and had eloped with my motivation and taken my energy levels along to be their witness.

I bemoaned my lack of anything resembling artistic motivation with my lovely online friend and amazing talented artist, Sandra, and she said that when she feels like that she makes herself sketch something, anything, just so she feels she is doing something art-like.  She set me a challenge to do the same.  She threw down the gauntlet and so, I picked it up (we're not called the fighting Irish for nothing - a challenge you say?!)

And so, I thought long and hard and ended up not straying too far from my comfort zone and creating another doodimal. A smaller one on 8x5 inch watercolour paper, but a doodimal nevertheless.  Here is William - the rooster we met back at the cottage in Scotland earlier this year.

Cock-a-doodle-doo - watercolour and ink 8x5 inches

Now, it seems that dipping my toe into the pool of art may have paid off as today, I re-visited my profile on People Per Hour and noticed that now they have a new thing called Hourlies where folk can offer to do whatever their job speciality is in so many hours  (e.g. design a new logo in 2 hours) and set their own price. So, I decided to offer to do doodimals and would you believe it not long after I put it up there, the Community Manager at People Per Hour only went and bought an Hourlie from me!! I can't say what it is just yet but, believe me, when it's done and out there, I'll be singing it from the rooftops!!


The Rooster before the colour

So, thanks Sandra for giving me a wee artistic prod!!


The Original Will.i.am

I'm linking up with Paint Party Friday which I missed last week because of aforementioned lack of artistic mojo - I'm happy to say, it's back glowing from its honeymoon with motivation in spades!

49 comments:

  1. Cock a doodle doo to you too- fine figure of a rooster you have there- and yay your mojo is definitely back. Not yet Friday here -see you at PPF tomorrow.

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  2. yey!!!! Its back!1 I knew it would come home, I think it was just recharging its battery because looky looky what a beauty you have created, its magnificent!!!I still haven't had mine return full steam, its coming home in brief visits, but I suspect the cooler temperatures will bring it home for good.I never could resist the pull of the paint brush when the leaves take on their Fall colors!! I love your rooster , and i'm so happy for you, I know what it feels like to have the spark not there and then to have it return.

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  3. What a beautiful creation you have made. Marvelous work this doodimal.
    Even as your other work.
    Lovely greet
    marja
    (marjascreativity)

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  4. Love the rooster - glad it got your mojo working!

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  5. glad your mojo is back and the rooster is awesome... and congrats on the commission... can't wait to see what you draw for her...xx

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  6. Love your doodle rooster, and glad you are back on board! Valerie

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  7. Wonderful doodle rooster, love the spicy coloring, it gives it great character!
    Congrats on the commission, awesome! :) HPPF!

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  8. Love him Nicola! :) Especially his comb. Is that what's it called? :))

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  9. Congratulations on your commission you must be thrilled. Loving William he has obviously not heard about your lack of Mojo as he is brilliant. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  10. Amazing drawing - love it. All the patterns go so well.

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  11. Sandy was right on the money, glad she kick started you into action!! William is amazing as are all your doodimals! Very excited to get the details on your new hourly project!! Can't wait!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. Yay! I'm so glad you did it! It's so true that we can procrastinate for so long and yet mostly all it takes is for us to do one small arty thing to reawaken our arty spark. In my case it was something even smaller and far less detailed than yours. I sketched a Mars Bar wrapper in black pen on a train. It took five minutes and yet that one small think catapulted me in to sketching daily for a couple of months! So, the next time you lose the will to draw - just let me know and I'll be happy to challenge you again ;0)
    I am loving your Cock-a-doodimal! And congratulations on the hourly! I can't wait to see it! :0)

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  13. Hello, after all this time I find your work which is great, that cock is great and above all original. Saludos

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  14. Hey, congrats on selling your hourlie and overcoming your lack of motivation. Good advice from your friend! William is a very handsome and proud rooster. Well done and welcome back to PPF!

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  15. Your doodanimal looks great. Interesting composition, great colors and all of the interesting lines and shapes give fantastic textures. Congratulations on your sale, as well.

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  16. Wow, this rooster is one of your best Doodanimals! I think being stuck is a good thing. Instead of searching for new, you went back to a spot where you were successful and created a marvelous piece. This Hourlie thing sounds like a great adventure that wouldn't have happened without this rooster. Good luck with your Hourlie! Happy PPF

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  17. Yay! Great advice from Sandra, and I love the way you've run with it!
    The universe was paying attention - I'll be looking forward to hearing more about your "hourlie" :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  18. I adore roosters! Your painting is beautiful, such detail!! when I don't feel like painting, I don't push it because the result is never pleasing.

    My mojo comes back usually when I am flipping through images on Pinterest or Stumbleupon and find something that touches me. When that happens, the paint just flows and I don't even have to think about what I'm doing!! Sometimes I go for months without inspiration... but there's always something else to do :)

    Cheers!

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  19. Your doodimal is spectacular. Wonderful color and design.

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  20. I love this - rooster's are my favorite. Happy PPF PS - when my mojo is awol, I do random background pages or carve a stamp. Gets the juices flowing!

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  21. oh this is a gorgeous piece....I love roosters!!!!! well done!!!

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  22. cock-a-doodle-doo!! what a comeback!! love it!

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  23. This is beautiful! Glad you got your mojo back!

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  24. Jazzy rooster ~ well done as always ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  25. Absolutely brilliant! I love this fellow. Congratulations on finding your artsy mojo again, and also on getting the PPH job.

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  26. I've been there before...my creativity sometimes goes on a vacation. YOur artwork is absolutely beautiful!! Happy PPF!

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  27. Cockadoodle do! You are back with a vengence. The design and color in this rooster rocks art lady! I love it.
    And bravo for selling something too. Curious about that one!

    HPPF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. I like your cockerel, he looks very majestic and colourful. Betty

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  29. Your rooster is gorgeous, I love the details. Love your Westies, too. My mom has one and we all love him.

    Rita

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  30. William is very stately and gorgeous, so glad you got your mojo back, its horrible when it goes, a part of you is missing. Congrats on the hourlie.

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  31. I am glad you are "untied" again. Your "roodle" is fab! So happy for your new connection to hourlies. Have a great time!

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  32. your post tickled me... glad your mojo is back and inspired from the honeymoon! i also love your doodimals-- and that name for them! :-)

    congrats on the commish... can't wait to hear (and see) more about it.

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  33. Looking forward to what makes you sing from the rooftops! Well done, Nicola.

    Can't wait to hear Russell Crowe :0)

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  34. WOW!!!! I love your Rooster. If that is what you produce when your MUSE is playing hide-and-seek than YEA for you!!!! Hahahahaaa. Don't you love art friends that help you through rough patches?
    Love your art!
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook
    Happy Horse Studio

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  35. Congratulations! I love all your doodimals! I think they will work great in acrylic too!

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  36. Love your doodimal rooster!
    Looks like you are already getting your painting-mojo back with this lovely and intricate work!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  37. Hey, I clicked on you People per Hour link to see what that was all about and it said:

    This Hourlie is no longer Live

    This hourlie was unpublished by PPH Customer Support Ninjas because it violates PPH terms & conditions

    I don't know what that is about (it sucks though!) but I thought I'd let you know in case they hadn't bothered. Probably some kind of mix up.

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  38. Congratulations! :) Love the doodimal. I find when my muse goes on holiday, sometimes I just need to force myself to pick up a brush or a pen, and not have any expectations of outcome, sometimes it sparks ideas galore, other times I just feel better for having painted.

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  39. WOW,WOW,WOW,I love your rooster, he is AWESOME!!!!!

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  40. Your rooster is so handsome and charming...love your art absolutely!

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  41. Your a genius. This doodle rooster is gorgeous. He looks intimidating and like he owns the world. Great job.
    Interactive Presentation

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  42. What a fun rooster!! Congrats on the People Per Hour job!

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  43. I LOVE your doodimals and am not one bit surprised that you've been commissioned to do one! Can't wait to see what it is!

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  44. Wow! What a beautiful story! Congratulations on the early sell and sticking to your Irish roots and JUST DOING IT! You did a fantastic job on William. Btw, do you have any creative mojo to spare? Could really use some over here! :)

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  45. William rocks! You totally nailed him. Seems to me that when the Irish fight for/with creativity, they really are victorious!!

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  46. He's gorgeous! How wonderful that you took up Sandra's challenge, and found your motivation again! I've been struggling with my creativity for a while now, and have already missed several Paint Party Fridays. And what great news about the Hourlie! Looking forward to hear more about that. I somehow just ended up reading about your wedding on Rock'n'Roll Bride's blog in NYC. How wonderful, and I love your dress! A perfect wedding.

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  47. Just wondering how could we subscribe to your blog?

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  48. May I show him on my blog - mentioning you?
    Herzlich Petra-Pippa

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