Thursday, 25 October 2012

Almost living the dream...

Firstly, apologies that I didn't get round very many people on last week’s Paint Party Friday circuit. I do have a reason and I’ll get to it shortly.


Happy Halloween commissioned Doodimal
Secondly, do you remember about a month or so ago, I mentioned (excitedly) that I had been commissioned by People Per Hour to design a doodimal for their Facebook page? Well, it was to be Halloween themed and I did it and sent it off what seems like yonks ago now. I’ve checked their page every day this month to see if it had been put up yet but as of right now (Thursday evening), it still isn’t there. Perhaps they’re only planning on using for the one day of actual Halloween, who knows? Anyway, I’ve been champing at the bit, as my mother would say whenever I was being impatient, to show you the two designs I came up with as I was really quite pleased with them, not normally being a huge fan of the whole Halloween festivities malarkey. I had hoped to be able to link to their Facebook page at the same time but unfortunately it isn’t to be. However, if you check back on their page on 31 October then it should surely be on there then!


People Per Hour commissioned pumpkin Doodimal

Now, I also have to apologise for my irregular blog-keeping of late. I’ve been here but I haven’t really been here, if you know what I mean. I haven’t completed a new piece of art since I finished the Cow painting but the thing is, I’ve got this enormous life changing news to share and I’ve been dying to scream it from the rooftops but felt like I had to keep it bottled up because at the moment it’s only really half happening.

You see, S was offered a fantastic job in Scotland. Not just is it in Scotland but it's actually based in the Caithness area in the North of Scotland which was where we went on our Northern Lights trip back in March of this year and where we fell in love with the complete and utter beauty of the landscape and the sense of isolation, far from the madding crowds as it is. Anyway, he applied for the job at the end of August, had the interview at the start of September and headed off on Sunday last for three months of training all over the UK. So, as you can imagine, my priorities this last month lay in spending time with him before he left, hence the reason why art has taken a back seat for a while. 

Now, that’s the good part of the news. The other really good part is that when we do relocate I will only need to get a part-time job  (which S says is purely to get me out of the house and talking to people as there is a very real danger I could turn into a complete hermit!) and the rest of the time I can spend painting!

The not so good part is that I have to stay in Northern Ireland until we sell our house. We put it on the market a couple of weeks ago and have had 2 viewers so far which is better than the last time we tried to sell back in 2008/9 when we had 1 viewer in the whole 2 years! With the current market, who knows how long it will take to sell our house so while I'm hugely excited at the prospect of living our dream in the wilds of Scotland, the excitement is somewhat dampened by the uncertainty of how long the dogs and I will have to stay here waiting for that sold sign to go up. With that in mind, I’d appreciate any positive vibes you could send out into the cosmos to encourage a quick sale!

Anyway, that's my news and so, what with being home alone, I’ll have plenty of time this weekend for catching up with everyone at PPF and with finally getting back into my art studio!

43 comments:

  1. oh so exciting, surely its in the big cosmic plan that your house will now sell quickly, I'm sending all my positive thoughts and energies to manifest a sold sign on your house!! So exciting, I have never been to Scotland but if I went I would want to be in a rural area, I do not like city life at all.It sounds like your dreams are working out and it will just be the start!! Congratulations to you and your fella!!Oh yes and the Halloween art is beautiful!!!

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  2. I'll think positive for you to Have a quick sale, congrats on your exciting news!

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  3. huge news... fantastic news... will be crossing fingers and toes that it all sells quickly so you can go and live in the wilds... and you will be sharing so much more of your wonderful work with us so i am excited as well... xx

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  4. Great news, I'm absolutely sending positive thoughts for your dream coming true, that sounds so wonderful!
    Great Halloween illustrations!

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  5. Interesting illustrations!congrats

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  6. Congrats, wishing you all the best! ^o^
    Really love your Halloween-themed artworks, the linework and patterns are amazing!

    // Virtual Boy

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  7. wow thats great news, fingers crossed for the house sale. Loving your Halloween illustrations, brill work my friend. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  8. I love your Halloween art especially the wee cat. You managed to include so many things in the picture like the little mouse in the cat's paw, the spider's web complete with spider on the cat's tail and of course the bats. It is really good. Mum

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  9. Your kitty is just too cute for words. I am not a fan of zombie art at this time of the year- so yours is just perfect for Halloween. What exciting news, although being a Londoner and loving being in a big city- I couldn't even imagine living there- but it must be like a dream come true for you. I am sure the house will sell really well and you will be there before you know it. Doing happy dance for you. Happy PPF too.

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  10. The two compositions are very good and mostly original. Saludos

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  11. Oh, I'm in love with that cat! Those red eyes and those teeth ... and the movement in the background, wonderful! And congrats for S on securing that job! I'm keeping my thumbs up that you'll sell your house really soon. Very exciting!

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  12. Wow! I'm so excited for you! :)) Of course you're gonna sell the house in no time. And here's to loads more art from you. :)Love the halloween kitty.

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  13. Good Luck with the move and the new adventure. Love these Halloween designs. The technique effect you mentioned on my blog is called back- runs officially but also known as cauliflowers or balloons. Jean Haines is an artist you ought to look into if you want to learn that looser technique. She's on FB and has a blog too. A lovely lady indeed which I've had the good fortune to meet. Anyway if not email me via my blog and I can send you some Youtube links if you are still interested in the technique. In the meantime hope the move isn't too stressful for you but think of that exciting new life ahead... Take care.

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    1. thank you for the good wishes and thanks for giving me Jean Haines' details - I will certainly look up her work! I intend to spend this afternoon studying my watercolour guide books and having a little practice!

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  14. Super beautiful pieces..stunning cat..such gorgeous intricate details..and fabulous pumpkin..totally magnificent! yay..shine on..congrats on all the new adventures ahead..wishing you many new blessings! Yes be careful not to turn into a hermit..it truly is a bad habit to break..trust me! Wishing you many blessings ahead!
    Victoria
    PS: I fell in love with your post on the cow art..how beautiful a soul!wow!

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  15. Wonderful, colorful art this week! And your enormous revelation of the potential move is great! To live in the wilds of Scotland, as you said, sounds fantastic to me. I loved Scotland the times I visited there, and the people.

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  16. How exciting! I do hope your house sells quickly. These 2 Halloween images are so cool! I especially love that crazy haunted house in the cat one. Love it!

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  17. Great, exciting, wonderful news! I hope your home sells quickly and can't wait to hear about your new adventures living in Scotland.

    Love your Halloween paintings. That pumpkin is incredible and the spooky cat rocks!

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  18. Sending you positive vibe on a quick home-sale!
    That's fantastic news about the mister's new job and move and that you will only have to work part-time and get to paint the rest!

    Congratulations on your work being on Facebook soon, too!

    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  19. SO LOVE YOUR HALLOWEEN WORK! So amazing - I LOVE coming here :) You are one very busy lady! Wishing YOU all the BEST!

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  20. Okay first I LOVE LOVE your spooky designs and that facebook page needs to put your design up right now!! Second so excited for you and your life change. We are so far away from each other (I'm in Portland Oregon USA) but what similar lives we share. SO cool to know you are all the way over there but we aren't different at all :) I'll be praying for an excellent transition for you! I'm so excited to see what everyone is up to this week.I love all the inspiration....feeds my soul. Lucky to have you guys! Okay enough of the mushy stuff.

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  21. Sending positive good vibes to you. And I love your two tangle-iscious creations. Happy PPF!

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  22. oh what exciting news!!! Ireland and Scotland are #1 on my bucket list of places to visit. I wish you all the best in selling and moving.Love your doodimals-fabulous works! Happy PPF

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  23. Wow, what a terrific new direction for the two of you! That is one of my favorite parts of the world.

    Love your Halloween doodles, especially the twisty church and cemetery with the bats.


    I am crossing my fingers for a quick sale of your house. Don't know if you have this tradition in the UK, but here if you want to sell your house quickly, you bury a statue of Joseph in the yard, upside down, facing the house.

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  24. Well, first of all, CONGRATULATIONS! A move to that beautiful part of the world sounds fascinating...for you, of course (I'd die of loneliness in a heartbeat, but that's what makes us unique...our differences). So happy for you and S and I am crossing fingers and toes and hoping you get that sale quickly so you can join your man and focus more on your beautiful artwork!

    I love the Halloween pumpkin...so a la YOU! :) I love the leaves and the designs and of course, the light coming from the lit jack-o-lantern! So festive!

    Happy PPF and enjoy your weekend! xo

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  25. Great news for you and S! Sounds like it is a perfect thing for you both. I think your two halloween doodlanimals - well, pumpkin may be a doovegimal (or something like that) - anyway... they both are fantastic!! Happy PPF.

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  26. What great news! I hope selling your house goes easily and quickly! Love your Halloween illustrations, they are both wonderful!

    Happy PPF.

    Rita

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  27. What exciting news! Congrats to him for the new job! I hope you sell your house quickly and everything falls into place! Your art will look so good on their Facebook page!

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  28. How very exciting friend!! I'm so happy for you. Yes, congrats to your hubber's on the new job and I will be sending you lots of::sell::sell::sell:: vibes, for your house that is...oh and for your work too. Great pumpkin and love the cat. Really good job. I really excited that you get to venture out and start a new chapter in your life. I feel like it's happening to me, I'm so excited. If only there was the time for me to start a new chapter. Good luck in your venture.

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  29. so exciting!! what a change! we just did that last year and it is such a whirlwind. wishing you all the best with the relo and I hope your home sells lickety split!

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  30. Exciting ~ Wow! Congrats on the Halloween commissions ~ excellent love them ~ but more importantly is your amazing move to Scotland and more time for art ~ that is so wonderful for you both ~ Keep us posted and sending lots of positive energy for quick sale of your current house ~ Carol (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  31. What amazingly exciting news! I am envious of your move (I lived on an island off Skye for eight years and loved it.) But I absolutely adore you doodles - the cat is especially gorgeous. Best of luck in selling your house x

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  32. Your Halloween pictures are fantastic, love them. Your life change sounds so exciting. My fingers are crossed and am sending some little magic your way to sell you house quickly....:) and live you dream..x

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  33. A Brilliant Artwork, I liked the theme concept. Very Beautiful.

    Anyways, Take a look on my work as well.
    http://ashbeezone.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/sketching-graffiti-in-bengali/
    }{appy }{alloween !! Trick-or-Treat !!

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  34. I'm not a fan of Halloween...but your paintings are awesome. Congrats on having them published...we know it's gonna happen...and on your hubby's new job...AND on the sale of your house. (I'm choosing to believe it's a done deal).

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  35. Wonderful exciting news - love both your drawings. I will pray for a quick sale of your house.

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  36. That is good news indeed! Everything except the staying behind until the house sells part. I do hope it happens quickly! Not a fan of Halloween myself, but these are very cute creations - they totally made me smile:-)

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  37. love your doodle drawings, and wishing you all the best - sounds like exciting times ahead! Happy PPF!

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  38. Moving always come with a 2 sided blade doesn't it? It will be exciting to go to your new place, but you will have to be apart for a while... it happened to us too. No fun, but I hope ti goes fast for you. Your Halloween art is beautiful.

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  39. This is totally an awesome post...I like the way your pumpkin smiles I am sure it is enjoying all your artwork as I do...WISHING YOU GOOD TIMES AHEAD!

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  40. The top picture is amazing and I love all the detail!
    xx

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  41. I love your Halloween art. What exciting news for you and your husband. It sounds perfect. He has a job he loves, you get to work parttime and create the rest of the time and you both live in a place that is beautiful. Sounds like a dream come true. I am sending lots of positive energy and thoughts that your house will sell quickly. Have a wonderful week.

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  42. your new adventure sounds very exciting! keeping my fingers crossed that your house will sell soon!

    love your halloween art!

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