Monday, 21 December 2015

Ice and Fire...

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Ice and Fire - mini canvas 2x2 inches in wooden box frame

So this will be the last blog post of 2015. Tomorrow is my last day in my part time job until the new year and I plan to spend the holidays getting some of the many ideas in my head down on to canvas. I have so many ideas right now but so far they are all still in my head.

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The problem is I discovered all 6 series of Private Practice on Sky Box Sets. I used to love this show and watched the first three seasons on TV but then for some reason it never came back on. So now I'm binge watching seasons 4 through to 6 when I should really be painting. I am having to tear myself away from the offices of the world's most beautiful doctors (male and female alike!) to don my coveralls and get the paint out. 

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I did find time between episodes to paint this mini canvas. Inspired by the northern lights photos S took when we were in Iceland. I'm working on a couple of larger canvasses at the moment which are getting there, slowly.

I posted this on my Facebook and Instagram accounts last week and I'm very happy to say that it has already been sold.

Credit:S - Taken in Iceland

That's it really, I have no other news. I am feeling particularly un-Christmas-y this year - the weather is unseasonably mild, I haven't yet managed to watch even one Christmas movie and the cheesy Christmas tunes haven't worked their magic on me but even so, I'm looking forward to having a couple of weeks at home with S with twinkly lights, mulled wine and log fire roaring, with or without the snow outside. I'm sure once we watch Polar Express (which is our Christmas Eve tradition) I'll be feeling festive!

Wishing you all a very happy festive season and a peaceful new year. xx

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Little Lucy...a pet portrait

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Lucy - gouache on paper 6 x 6 inches

I'm quite a messy painter so, a few weeks ago, fed up with having to change into 'painting clothes' or else inevitably end up with paint smeared over clothes I didn't want paint smeared over, I decided to invest in a pair of coveralls (Like workmen wear!). Now it's really easy to just pull them on over whatever I'm wearing and not worry about wiping my paint covered hands down the front! Plus they have the added bonus of being big enough to wear over layers of clothes for added insulation now that the winter has arrived!

For this painting however I definitely didn't need to don my coveralls. I rarely use gouache anymore but I had mentioned the last time I used it to paint Frank how it was quite a sedate way of painting compared to my usual slip, slap, slop with acrylics. Anyway, this is Lucy. She's a teeny tiny chihuahua that I was asked to paint as a surprise Christmas present. The recipient is very unlikely to come across my blog so it's okay to post her her before the big day. 

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The real Lucy

I started this when we got back from our trip a couple of weeks ago but because we get so very little good quality daylight these days, I've only been able to do a little bit here and there. I do have a daylight lamp which is useful for the darker days but the problem with working from a reference photo is that the light reflects off the shiny photo paper which doesn't matter so much when I'm painting landscapes as they're usually pretty far removed from the reference photo anyway but when painting a more realistic pet portrait it means I can't see the details on the photo so well, so I have to just wait for the few hours a day when it's bright enough to paint by natural light.

Lucy's close up

No other news really. I have a head full of ideas but am finding the lack of daylight incredibly frustrating as it means waiting until much later in the morning to get the dogs out for their morning walk and having to take them out well before it gets dark (which it does at about 3.30) for their afternoon walk which really eats into the daylight hours for painting. Coupled with the fact that right now I seem to be the queen of procrastination always getting distracted with housework, laundry, cuddling the dogs, the next chapter in whatever book I'm reading and I'm just not being very artfully productive at the moment at all. 

I did fall in love with a multi-coloured ball of yarn the other day which I ended up buying, so I think perhaps it's time (two years after first threatening to) that I actually learn to crochet! Maybe that could keep my creative juices flowing during the winter when I run out of daylight painting hours! 

All my favourite colours in one ball of yarn!!

I'll be linking up with Paint Party Friday to see what everyone has been been up to - hopefully you'll have been a lot more productive than me!


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