Thursday, 21 November 2013

Art Every Day Month - Day 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22

Shih Tzus - pet portrait doodimal

If you've been visiting me from the Art Every Day Month challenge blog hop (and thank you if you have) you might be forgiven for thinking that after whinging last week about finding the time to create something new every day of the challenge that I'd just decided to give up.  Well, the good news is, I haven't. The even better news is that I got a new pet portrait commission via my Etsy shop last Friday and so I've very much been busy creating this week but I didn't think it would make for riveting blog reading to just post work in progress shots every day so I figured I would wait until today when I normally post to link up with Paint Party Friday and show you the finished piece together with the work in progress shots that take me through AEDM days 17 to 22!

I was asked to do a portrait of two cute Shih Tzus in my doodimal style. I haven't done one of those for quite some time and I forgot how enjoyable it was. The only tricky part was trying to come up with enough different doodles so that I didn't use the same one twice. It's for a Christmas present so I won't say the names of the dogs in case by some strange coincidence their human happens to read my blog!! The colours were chosen by the person who commissioned the portrait.

Apologies for the photos - it's on A3 paper so too big to scan and I took some photos on my phone and they aren't very clear!

AEDM Day 17

Now, Monday 18 November was our 'day we met' anniversary and our wedding anniversary and we headed off to the big smoke (relatively speaking) of Inverness for the day to do a bit of shopping.  Gone are the days when we could just go into any restaurant and get a lovely meal - being vegan means having to plan ahead and forewarn a restaurant of your impending arrival a few days in advance so the chef can make something animal-free!  That being the case, we settled for a Chinese take away on the way home!

S treated me to a very lovely winter coat unlike any of the other practical but not very stylish, puffa jackets I currently own. This one is cream and looks a little like a sheep' fleece (but isn't, obviously!) I won't dare wear it when walking the dogs or it won't stay cream very long but it'll be lovely for the two days a week when I work in town and wear something other than wellies and waterproofs!

We stopped off at a massive craft shop so I could stock up on watercolour pads and S also treated me to a day light desk lamp which is absolutely amazing! It gets dark so early here in the winter and I had a chance to try it out on Wednesday when by 2pm it was so stormy and dreary that I could never have painted otherwise. I turned on my new lamp and, hey presto, I carried on working until 8.30 that night as if it was still bright outside! I love it and don't know how I did without it until now!

AEDM Day 19 - with my new lamp!

Now I have to admit that I did not do any art work on Monday what with being in Inverness all day and not getting back until after 8pm with Chinese food in tow - but I think I'll forgive myself that one day's slip - it was our anniversary after all!


AEDM Day 20


AEDM Day 21

AEDM Day 22

The portrait is finished now so it's back to creating mini art works for the next 8 days so that I can finish the AEDM challenge!

25 comments:

  1. all I can say is- you are one amazing and very talented artist and I am so happy to have met you through blogland (PPF)!!! Stunning and unique portrait Nic!

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  2. I love your doodimal!! I would never have been able to use such crazy patterns to do a portrait. Lovely jubbly.

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  3. smashing portraits Nic and happy wedding anniversary. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  4. Happy anniversary Nic!! Sounds like a fun shopping trip and love your commission! So fun!! Someone with be surprised!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  5. Happy anniversary!!!! It sounds like you were suitably spoilt!
    I LOVE your doodimal and the wip looks amazing already!
    It does make such a difference having good light too xx

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  6. Wonderful! Such cute little dogs and I love the detailed design you've done. It looks fabulous!

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  7. One of the things I love about blog hops is getting to travel the world vicariously. Thanks so much for sharing about your special day in Inverness, and happy anniversary! You will get a lot of use out of that lamp, I'm sure. Winters are gloomy where I live, too. Your dog portrait is adorable!!

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  8. Congrats on the anniversary! :) And the dogies are adorable!

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  9. I need one of those lamps. It gets dark early here now and I work in the middle of my office floor with no actual windows. I could be nuclear winter outside and I wouldn't have a clue.

    Love your commissioned portraits. Any dog with paisley on it is ok with me!

    A cream coat? hahahahahahaha. That would last one minute on the subway with me and then it would just be a gray coat. Maybe that's why New Yorkers only wear black!

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  10. This is wonderful Nic! I enlarged the finished piece to checkout all the details, it is just fantastic. It looks almost textilelike, almost a patchwork of colour and design. I really like the use of colour, so many zentangle type designs seem to be just in black and white. Congratulations on creating a wonderful commission and on your' day we met anniversary' ( what a lovely idea) :) I'm sure you are the most stylish person in Thurso in your new cream coat :)

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  11. oh my, this is awesome stuff! I just love your process and your result. It's wonderful!

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  12. Happy Anniversary, Nic. It sounds like you had a wonderful day. Your doodimal is amazing. Someone is going to be very happy on Christmas. What a wonderful present.

    Have a great week. I am so glad that you got a lamp that makes working easier. I love sunlight but there is something very cozy about light from a lamp on a dreary day.

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  13. Hi Nic. Happy Anniversary and many more. Sounds like it was fun and how generous your husband is.:) Wow, your piece is just awesome. I totally love it. Such fine work and color. You've done a great job with this. Don't forget to take pix and post on FAA. Prints will go fast. Nice work. If I don't see you Happy Thanksgiving....I know, no turkey for you. tee hee. Take care.

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  14. Your hubby sounds like he is a keeper! The portrait is amazing, so much detail and colour

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  15. What an amazing portrait of the shih tzus! And what a nice anniversary story. Glad you got a good light -- it makes a huge difference.

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  16. I have always loved your doodimals - I first found your blog a couple of years ago during the color challenge that Kristin does in JUne (I think that was when I saw your work). Those dogs are so sweet and amazing - beautiful job.

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  17. So wonderful to see the progress on this piece. Love these 2 cute little dogs .... :-) That daylight lamp sounds like a great idea!

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  18. Pleased you've done some more of these patchwork animals - they are beautiful x

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  19. When I looked at your two little dogs I thought they were patchwork, but closer inspection showed that they were much more than that (and I should have known, having seen your work since I found your blog!). Your original drawing is so well planned, and then carried out perfectly, with all that great doodling - no repeats. The first time I have seen one of your doodimals.

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  20. Wow! It's amazing how clear your little dogs are considering the multitude of patterns you used to complete them. Blessings!

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  21. Awesome work done !! I even love the black and white version...you are simply superb !

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