Thursday, 14 March 2013

Twisting my cottage, man...

Craggis Cottage with a Twist!

I'm so fed up with my 75 day sketch challenge right about now.  It seems like I haven't posted anything other than dog (and the odd other species of animal) sketches for months, which, come to think of it, I haven't! In order to stop you all from rolling your eyes and thinking 'yawn, another dog sketch' today I've got something different!



Anyway, we've been re-painting our new cottage as most of the rooms were wallpapered and most of that wallpaper was, unfortunately, very dated and twee.  I don't know about you but very often we'll decide on a colour scheme for a room based on a single accessory or object.  In this case, when we first got here in January, we bought some towels to tide us over until our stuff arrived.  They were teal (a colour I love) and so, that became the colour for the upstairs bathroom.  We painted over the flowery wallpaper with a classic cream and I had decided to put two of my little twisty town canvasses in shades of teals and turquoise in there as they matched the towels (!).  We still needed something on the wall above the bath though so I set about creating a new twisty town in keeping with the others. 


I had a think about what to depict and then inspiration struck - I decided to give our cottage the twisty town treatment.  So, here today instead of yet more animal sketches, I give you 'Craggis with a Twist'



In other news, those of you who've been reading my posts for a while might recall S surprised me with a small bespoke art studio that he had custom made for our back garden in our old house. I loved it. The only tiny downside to our new house is that I no longer have a bespoke studio (although there is plenty of space outside to get one built at some future point!).  

I have plenty of cupboard space in our computer room for all my art supplies and canvasses but that room doesn't get the sun much and is pretty cold so I normally paint at the dining room table beside the sun room which, as the name suggests, gets the sun most of the day and is pleasantly warm those days when the sun shines. 

Fed up with traipsing my paints up and down from the computer room or leaving them cluttering up the dining room I had a brainwave - what if I could get a small storage unit to keep my art stuff in, in the dining room, and what if it was on wheels so I could move it around the room with my free-standing easel to follow the light during the day? I had a look in Argos and they had just the ticket - a tool box on wheels! S treated me to it last week and I love it. S isn't convinced but I think it even fits in with the rest of the retro 50's stuff we have in our dining room!


All my paints and arty bits and bobs fit a treat!


And it all hides away when not in use!

Gratuitous cute dog shot - Reuben decided to see what I was up to!

I'm linking as always to Paint Party Friday, hosted by Kristin and Eva.  As well as the normal blog hop, this Friday is the also the Art Auction they are running to raise money for Sandy Hook Elementary School so if you want to pop over there today you might find a piece of art you love, you can bid on it and if you win all the money will be donated to charity.  

40 comments:

  1. what a clever idea!!!! I LOVE this idea, lots of storage and on wheels, how cool is that!!I like the painting of your cottage you did for the bath, its beautiful, I love the twisty town series,You know when I look at them they make me think of the carnival mirrors that make things all wonky, do you know what I mean?

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  2. The colors on your painting go perfectly in the washroom. Fine job and yes, I remember thinking one more face during the 75-day ink challenge, but for me it was what I wanted to sketch anyway, but it was definitely a challenge to try to get all the features placed correctly with Sharpies and pens.

    The tool box on wheels is a great idea for storing art supplies. I bet you can fit tons of stuff in there and I love how it closes up to hide everything afterwards. I wonder if I can do that with a wooden secretary desk. Those are nice, too!

    Enjoy your new studio on the go and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous creations.

    The art auction for Sandy Hook sounds cool. I will pop in there next!

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  3. Whoops, couldn't find the link to the art auction. :/

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  4. wow that is a terrific buy Nic, so useful. I loved your twisty town series and your new twisty house is smashing. Happy PPF, Annette x
    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Love your twisty town painting! Valerie

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  6. Your painting is adorable

    Have a nice weekend and Happy PPF

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  7. omg I want that toolbox on wheels! It's adorable! Love love love it! And your painting is awesome too! Love all the different blues, and the way you brought that movement in there. Very dynamic!

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  8. I LOVE your twisty cottage! And such a great idea to create one from your own house!
    And the toolbox is a fabulous idea... a studio on on wheels!
    I'm on day 72 of the challenge - hurrah!!! :0)

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  9. Great twisty cottage! Love the colors and the coziness of it! <3

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  10. Love your storage on wheels!! And your twisty cottage painting is fabulous!! What a great color scheme for your bathroom.Happy PPF!

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  11. Love your twisted cottage, and the colours are just gorgeous. One of the great advantages of painting, I find, is that it allows you to have artwork in your house that matches your rooms exactly. Love the teal! What a pity you couldn't take your art studio with you, I hope the new owners put it to good use! But that red tool box is just terrific!

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  12. I just adore your painting and your unusual style.....inspiring!
    Xxxxx

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  13. Great twisty painting! I think that tool box is awesome, Nicola. I sat here chuckling at the picture of the dog in the bottom right hand corner of the last photo. He or she probably figured you were paying your art supplies too much attention? Looks like my house.

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  14. Beautiful and stunning work! Fantastic composition and colors. Thank you for sharing

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  15. hey Nicola, I wasn't tired of your dog drawings, but I do like your twisty towns. I like that you did your own house.

    And what a cool idea of using the tool box for an art supply cabinet. You are one crafty girl.

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  16. Brilliant! I love the Twisty treatment of your cottage. I also think your art supplies solution is great. I have a friend who did his whole studio with big rolling took chests like that. It looks fantastic.

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  17. Nic, I love the wonky house. The only thing missing is a dog looking out the window! Then it would be perfect. I love the idea you had. My art room upstairs was an unfinished attic space before we put up walls. However it is so cold can't work there in the winter. Instead I have loaded up a plastic laundry basket with art/craft supplies and have been using the dining room table (covered in plastic) as my work table. It is a much lighter room, too. The roll-about cart is a wonderful idea. I'll have to see what I can conjure up.

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  18. Hi Nic! I love your abstracted town paintings! The monochromatic color scheme is so appealing. What a great idea for an artist's taboret. The rolling tool chest is so perfectly functional and I love the way the top opens to give you a place for your water jar and palette. Do you think my hubby would notice if his rolling tool chest went missing? :) -Terri

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  19. Beautiful painting...love the shades of blue. and great idea for your portable art cart!

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  20. This is absolutely cool. LOVE your twisted cottage. :) And I LOVE how you store your paints and supplies. Brilliant!

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  21. Love your monochromatic blue painting!! What lovely tints and shades and tones of blue!
    And LOVE seeing Reuben, too! :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  22. Love the cottage canvas, the colours are grand. Love the gadget/unit too, very handy. Happy PPF.

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  23. oh I love the curvature of your painting! Wonderful! Very melodic. Wonderful idea about your brushes and paints! have a lovely weekend!

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  24. The cottage is absolutely enchanting. What a wonderful interpretation of a dreamy living space -- there's a fairytale quality to it. And great idea on the tool box. My sewing box is a tackle box -- much more room for gadgets and spools than the standard sewing box. Keep sharing your wonderful work.

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  25. Wonderful style, I am really impressed by this painting and please send me the toolbox over :)
    ManonX

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  26. Your twisty cottage is wonderful - I love unexpected shape and color. Love your red tool box on wheels as well - the color would be enough to inspire me! HPPF

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  27. I love the painting of your bendy house! It's so refreshing to do something different isn't it?

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  28. Your twisted cottage made my little heart smile ...I loved every bit of it :)

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  29. Your twisted cottage is enchanting. Great idea with the storage unit!

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  30. Your painting is lovely! I too made a recent "studio area" move, into the living room. I didn't like being in a different room than husband when he was home. haha. Pathetic.

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  31. That is such a great way to store your arty bits and pieces, and it looks good too. Your cottage looks so cute.

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  32. Your painting reminds me of an old song that's going thru my head now.. Don't let the rain come in...words something like..there was a crooked man with a crooked cat & dog who lived in a crooked little house. :)) Fun to do your own house and I love that your house has a name. Also like your new storage unit. We artists always find ways to keep creating. HPPF

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  33. Love this twisted cottage! Happy belated PPF!

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  34. fabulous idea for the storage... i used to have mine on a kitchen island thingy on wheels and it worked a treat... and the twisty town painting is perfect... and I am totally in awe of the 75 day challenge... I love sketching but don't think I could handle that... you are a star for hanging in there...xx

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  35. I think the tool box is a marvelous idea..and tidies up perfectly. I have tons of food stools and racks hiding and housing my paints in my family room!!

    You would be surprised to see my powder room done in turquoise with a painting of houses about five years ago....I have tiny bits of purple and lime green in the room as well as a large painting of three trees, one of houses and one with a quote asking people " What do you stand for" At the time it was difficult to find turquoise towels...now they are everywhere! Hope you show us the finished room!

    Hugs Giggles

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  36. Wonderful twisty house painting! Love the tool box on wheels!

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  37. Wonderful twisty house painting! Love the tool box on wheels!

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