Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A dog called Goldilocks..

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I got a request for a commissioned dog portrait via my Etsy shop.  Here she is:

'Goldilocks' - commissioned dog portrait in stippled ink 8 x 10 inches

The real Goldilocks - what a beauty!

The last stippled ink portrait I did was in November 2011 of LeRoy and I'd forgotten how intense yet therapeutic it actually is. It took me 12 hours and a squillion dots of ink and I got her packaged up and sent off to her new home in Texas on Tuesday. 

In other painting news, S and I have been redecorating our kitchen this week. It was quite dated when we moved in and in the spirit of make do and mend (and being broke) instead of ripping it out and getting a brand new kitchen, we're giving it a once over, re-painting the dated wooden cupboards instead and adding some new funky door knobs. I'll post the grand reveal next week once the new flooring is down (although the floor man was supposed to ring within 3 working days and it's already been 5 so it may just be another one of those things that operates on Thurso Time.

Anyway,  it occurred to me as I was happily slapping paint on the walls that when we see woman redecorating their homes on TV adverts they usually have cute little denim dungarees with a little white vest top often with a little daub of paint on the end of their perky little noses. Something like this:

Source: Fayette Woman Shutterstock

Whereas I was wearing an old pair of MC Hammer style tracky bottoms and an old top with a rip in that I used to wear to work. Oh, and a pair of crocs. Far from looking like I'd just stepped off the catwalk to do a spot of redecorating, I appeared to be channelling Waynetta Slob who, if you aren't familiar with her looks like this:



Source: still from a YouTube video of BBC show


I suggested to S that I needed to buy some cute clothes to redecorate in. I'll let you guess his reply!

In non-painting news, my sister arrives next Monday for her first visit to our new Scottish home and I can't wait to see her (and see her face when she sees just how remote we really are!!)

I'm linking to Paint Party Friday and I'll endeavour to visit as many folk as possible over the weekend.  

34 comments:

  1. Goldilocks is beautiful. The stippling is very subtle and doesn't look like a squillion dots -- many beautiful gray shades and, of course, fantastic eyes. Glad you don't look like miss cutie paint, but human like the rest of us. Enjoy your sister's visit. Hope the floor man comes.

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  2. You captured Goldilocks really well:-) Giggled at your paint-fashion description:-) Can't wait to see a kitchen shot!

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  3. You are an amazing artist. Beautiful.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  4. Beautiful work...love your illustrations! AMAZING!

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  5. Your life sounds so awesome and exciting. Love your commission piece. Great job.

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  6. I don't even think that models look like "models" when they are actually painting lol
    Fun post... lovely dog portrait!

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  7. Love the dog portrait. Your pain t fashion sounds like me everyday. lol.

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  8. Goldilocks' portrait is gorgeous. I know her owner will be/was thrilled with the likeness. Have fun with your sister.

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  9. Fantastic doggie Pic :-) You made me laugh so much and I can't get Waynetta out of my head now LoL !!!!
    I hope you are settling in nicely and that your visitors enjoy it :-)
    Happy PPF

    Hugz
    IKE xx #33

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  10. Great ink drawing for this commission. Congratulations on this commission btw, let's hope it is the start of many ツ

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  11. I loved that you prescribe to my school of decorating clothes... I always looks like some wild woman when i am either in the garden or doing some painting ... figure that is part of the fun of it... and your portrait is so wonderful I can't imagine how thrilled they will be to have that in their home... such a talent...xx

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  12. a beautiful ink drawing! You're in remote Scotland? I love the way the way we can connect across the globe! Happy PPF! (Im in Qld Australia) xo L.

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  13. You have captured Goldilocks expression perfectly, your clients will be thrilled! I love the technique you have used, I can imagine how therapeutic it must be. I hope your sister enjoys Scotland:)

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  14. What a sweet pup, lovely portrait. LOL yes ratty shirt, ratty pants, and crocs or barefoot.....Ha ha. Yes who paints looking so darn cute....Enjoy your sisters visit. xox

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  15. Fantastic portrait of Goldilocks!
    You seemed to have really captured her personality!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  16. Wow!! All those zillion dots!! Amazing, and so true to life, I am sure her owners are thrilled with her portrait! Your little tale of decorating made me smile, I always seem to be covered in glue, The PVA type that covers your hands and looks like a peeling skin, I am sure many folk think I have some sort of skin disease! Hope you have a wonderful time with your sister, I am sure she will be enchanted by the beauty of Caithness, who wouldn't!

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  17. Goldilocks is beautiful. I know her owners will be thrilled with the portrait. I hope you and your sister have a wonderful visit. Sisters are very special!

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  18. What a gorgeous pet portrait you have made-I can only imagine the joy it will bring the recipient! Your decorating bit is too funny! It'll be so refreshing once you've finished tho. Enjoy your visit with your sister and happy PPF!

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  19. Love the pup (I love all dogs LOL) but that is a wonderful portrait. You've captured her perfectly with just ink. I would probably find the squillion dots therapeutic as well

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  20. Beautiful, stunning and inspiring art work. Gorgeous!!! Have a good time with your sister and good luck with redecorating.

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  21. Wow, amazing how you get that resemblance with the photo! Great work, I'm sure your customer will be thrilled. So nice for you to have your sister visit! Enjoy!

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  22. LOL, I've always thought the same thing about women in those ads...how in the world do they stay so clean and perky?? By the time I'm done painting, I look like hell and I'm cursing like a sailor. Goldilocks is so sweet, just love it. HPPF!

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  23. The dog commission is fantastic! You made me smile with your Reno wardrobe :) I would wear daggy clothes when painting, wouldn't want to ruin the good clothes. Enjoy your sister's visit and look forward to seeing the kitchen complete.

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  24. wow, your doggy sketch is perfect! It looks just like the photo! great job, I'm sure your customer will be very pleased.

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  25. Wonderful!have a lovely time with your sister!

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  26. Wow! You really did Goldilocks justice! I'm sure your work will be very well received. I won't even describe to you what I look like when I'm painting or working around the house. No cameras aloud for sure. I do hope you'll post pictures. We're about to refresh our kitchen as well.

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  27. This post made me laugh! Love your doggy art, it looks great!

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  28. Love Goldilocks, wonderful ! No cuteness in sight here either when painting, cleaning etc. Lol!

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  29. Your commissioned art piece turned out great! What a super job! :)

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  30. Lol! Yes - I can definitely guess his reply - probably the same as Paul's would have been!
    The dog is absolutely brilliant! The owner is going to be SO chuffed!! :0)

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  31. Love Goldilocks. Your post really made me laugh. We are renovating my old farmhouse and I try to wear makeup to give the appearance of white t-shirt, dungaree cute girl but in 2 seconds I'm covered in concrete dust and general building crap...and turn miraculously into Wynetta...um :(

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  32. Boy did I ever giggle at this one....so true about painting in our best clothes...oh my I am even scary just doing art... I have so many painted black tee-shirt nighties that I use... just for painting!!

    Love Goldilocks, she is soooo adorable you captured her essence perfectly!!

    Hugs Giggles

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