|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!