Thursday, 7 February 2013

Clothes maketh the (wo)man...



Face 6 of 29 Faces

As I got dressed to take the dogs to the beach for a walk today, it suddenly dawned on me that in the short space of time that I've been living in Scotland already, any concern I had for my appearance has pretty much disappeared. 

I mean, I was never particularly high maintenance, at least not since my 20s and even then there was far less available by way of   the additions that women apparently now need to add to themselves to supposedly look prettier.  Back then there was very little in the way of fake tan that didn't turn you bright orange, fake eyelashes that didn't make you look like a drag queen (not that I'm convinced the ones nowadays don't still have that effect), no one bothered so much about sticking fake nails on over their own  and hair extensions, thankfully, hadn't yet make a breakthrough so if you wanted long hair you just grew it yourself.  

Anyway, even before we moved here, apart from the odd coating of fake tan, I'd never stuck on any fake body parts to 'enhance' the natural me.  I was never really a glamour girl, with sparkles and bling, wearing the latest designer trends but I did like to have nice (though inexpensive) things and I did like to wear cute, girly tops along with my faithful jeans.  

Now though, any remaining vestige of concern for my appearance has been trampled on by the desire for both comfort and warmth. Layering is the way forward, at least until the weather turns from winter to spring. I throw on whatever comes to hand most easily and whether it all 'matches' or 'co-ordinates' is of little interest to me.  My only concession to vanity now is a slick of mascara (waterproof to deal with the wind-induced streaming eye phenomenon) because curses to my fair Irish heritage, I just don't have naturally dark or thick lashes. 

I dare say if I get a job (see associated rant in that regard here) and I need to wear office clothes again then I'll make more of an effort but today, as I walked the dogs along the stunning and deserted beach, watching the waves crash over the rocks, I realised that there are more important things in life than looking perfectly turned out, I'm happier in my wellies and beanie hat!

These are Faces 6, 7 & 8 of 29 Faces and also sketches 9, 10 & 11 of the 75 day sketch challenge:


Face 7 of 29 Faces


Below, is face 8 of the challenge - whilst not technically very face-y I'm including it anyway - my only attempt at drawing from life.  Brodie was asleep on the couch but I only got to sketch her for 10 minutes as she jumped up as soon as S came into the room! I'll stick to sketching from photos in future!

Face 8 of 29 Faces 

I'm linking to Paint Party Friday and 29 Faces and will try to get round as many folk as possible - so many are taking part now!

In other news - I finally worked out how to change my URL from www.pointypix.com to www.nicsearth.com so that I could order some new business cards with my new blog name on!

29 comments:

  1. I am so impressed, moved and inspired by your dog sketches. My dogs are the loves of my life along with my 2 daughters and husband. I have a German-wire hair pointer named Slash, who has the most character and love and goofiness I'ver ever seen in any dog. He makes me smile every minute of every day...And then we have Bella, our glamorous flat-coat retriever. She's very serious, loving and so perceptive of our emotions. I love your beautiful sketches, and your writing as well! Great job!

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  2. The drawings are amazing! How you control your every line it seems!

    Clothes are very useful :-) and people tend to judge a lot by (first) appearance, which is a problem, as we cannot see behind that shell immediately. It would be great, if people would give each other more chances to show, who they really are.

    Have a great week end and happy PPF!

    Ilona

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  3. LOvely work! Keep warm, Valerie

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  4. Wow, that first one is my favorite. He looks so wise ....

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  5. Wow - the sketches are amazing! I like the westie best of all :0)
    I'm 42 this year and the other day I was marveling at the blissful comfort in big knickers - much to hubby's dismay! After musing on about how 'you can't beat the quality of M&S knickers' I began to realise that I'd turned in to my Mother, lol! So - though I'm not one that will let myself go - I agree, comfort rules! :0)

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  6. Love these but especially love the first one. HPPF!

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  7. I work from home and can never quite bring myself to wear 'nice' clothes. So I end up slobbing about in tatty old jeans! Then when I'm painting - again no nice clothes... I have a wardrobe of clothes I never seem to find the opportunity to wear!!

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  8. PS love your take on the faces!

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  9. Such gorgeous faces!!!

    I am all for low, low (non existent) "maintenance" when not at the office (she says working online in her pjs this am...)

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  10. Just love your sketches (the wee poodle looks so life like). You always manage to get them so perfect. Reading your description of your winter outfit I can just picture you trudging along with the dogs in tow. Don't worry I don't think Hello Magazine photographers will be in your neck of the woods any time soon. Mum

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  11. These sketches are so heart felt. You really capture that sweet love that dogs have. Its nice to have a break from being perfectly turned out. Walking the beach with the dogs is pure bliss - you can always wear a cute scarf :)

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  12. Loving your beautiful sketches Nic, your animal drawings are fab. Its definitely the weather for layering up the layers and keeping warm. Who cares what we look like as long as we are warm and cozy. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  13. Awesomest, cutest, the most adorable faces ever! <3 Beautifully done! <3

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  14. oh wow!! your ink pieces are amazing!!! lovely details...Happy Friday!!!

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  15. Absolutely fantastic illustrations ~ love your art style ~ Wow!

    Carol of: (A Creative Harbor)
    visiting from PPF

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  16. Your pen and ink work is wonderful. Dogs are such adorable subjects - when they stay still. I enjoyed your comments on personal appearance. I have found that my own interest in my appearance has waned proportionally with my devotion to my art. I used to be much more conscious of my clothing and hair. These days, my only interest seems to be to cover my body to the point of common decency - and matching is not the priority it once was. My theory is, the faster I can dress, the sooner I can get to what's really important: painting. After all, why buy clothing when one could buy perfectly good art supplies instead? Hair maintenance is mainly confined to trimming my bangs when they interfere with my eyesight, and tying it back to keep it out of the paint! Brushing is optional :) -Terri

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  17. LOVE Brodie (but I am a Westie and Westie/Scottie Mom!) LOVE coming here .... yup 85 links on PPF so far ... so wish I could visit them all ❤ so glad I made it here!

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  18. Just beautiful sketches! Stay warm!

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  19. I LOVE that you're doing dog faces for the 29 Faces- what a GREAT idea!
    PPF Hugs!
    Stephanie

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  20. Your dog faces are fabulous. Great detail!!!
    Happy PPF!

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  21. I love all of your dog faces but I did fall in love with your poodle. We have two dogs who bring us such joy!

    When I retired I did not feel like the clothes that I wore when working were the look I wanted but I did not know exactly how I wanted to dress. When I started taking yoga and art classes someone said I should dress like a yogi artist. I wasn't sure what that meant but now I think I've got it. I like to look good but comfort definitely comes first.

    Wish I could join you for a walk on the beach even if it is cold. It looks so beautiful.

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  22. That third sleepy doggie made me sigh!

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  23. Very sweet dogs. Your style is so unique and "clean," I can recognize your work right away. You made me laugh with your winter woolies story. :)

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  24. Truly adorable dog sketches...and how grand to be living where you are...enjoy the moments! HPPF!

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  25. I had to laugh when I read your post! When I lived in Scotland, I was definitely the same, although not a glammer girl before hand, I had my hair cut regularly and had nice clothes. When I lived in scotland, it was all about the warmth so it didn't matter that I looked like a stay paft marshmallow girl! Love your 'faces' x

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  26. LOVE the sketches! Enjoyed your story too. Be FREE to be YOU!
    Wish I lived near a Beach to walk my pup.
    HAPPY PAINT PARTY FRIDAY!
    Sheri Cook

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  27. All your new drawings are great.

    Whenever we have visited the less touristy areas of Scotland, I always felt like a complete twit for spending time fluffing up, then stepping outside and having my efforts completely undone in seconds by either wind or rain. I'd be doing the same thing as you.

    Hope your roof stays on!

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  28. Mascara is about the only thing I use too, and I'm more than happy not to bother even with that on days off. Thankfully, as a librarian, I'm not expected to look smart and stylish for the job :). I think it's always so nice to be in a place, where appearances don't count so much, it's why I always liked going up to the mountains. It's all about appreciating nature and fantastic views, and clothes have to be practical most of all(and a little bit 'nice' too). I hope to live in a place one day, where other things than expensive clothes and careers are important. Your new life sounds just perfect (apart from all the job hassle, of course).

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