Thursday, 20 October 2011

And in other news....

Well, it’s been an eventful week in my world of art. Here’s what’s been happening:

• I got a message on Facebook from an old college friend looking for a commissioned pointy pet portrait of his girlfriend’s dog. Funny enough, it’s another wee French Bull Dog! I’m just waiting for some photos and then I can get started on it.

• I restocked my Etsy and Folksy shops last Saturday and the same evening got an email via Etsy inviting me to take a stall at a Christmas fair being organised by a woman’s group in a town about 40 minutes away from where I live. There’s no charge for the stall and there’s no admission on the door so it should hopefully attract a lot of interest.

It’s on a Thursday evening at the start of December so I’ll need to get out of work early but S has kindly resigned himself to taking me there and helping me set up! The hall will be decorated with Christmas music playing and after the stalls finish selling there’ll be Christmas carollers so I’m really looking forward to that as I do love a good Christmas atmosphere! I’ll need to get working on a few more Christmas card designs and S is going to make some more of his wee wooden candle holders and wooden apple tree decorations to sell. (Did I mention before that he's turned his hand to woodturning and is creating all sorts of lovely wee wooden bits and bobs?)

• I got a bid accepted on People Per Hour for the very first time!! This is a website where people who need work done can post an advert and then freelancers (artists, secretaries, IT Professionals, etc) bid for the jobs they are interested in. I’ve bid for a few before but never been successful. This one is to design a logo for a vegan bakery (I know, it’s like serendipity!) I’ve been given a brief of what the logo should include and I’ve been working on drafts all week with the client. I'm hoping to get the design completed today and I’ll blog the design once she’s happy with the work.

As for work in progress this week, I’m still working on Le Roy – he’s had to take a bit of a back seat while I got on with the bakery logo but I don’t have too much more to do on him. I’ve also started a couple of new oil paintings. I wanted to do something completely different subject-wise and so re-visited my favourite photo resource website, Paint my Photo, which I used many times when I was doing the sketchbook project last year. I found two photos I really liked:

Credit: Alun Davies -

Credit: Robyn Lovelock -

I spent about 20 minutes searching our (admittedly untidy) computer den where I currently store all my art supplies looking for two long thin canvasses that I knew I had. It was only when I went into our bedroom and noticed them hanging above our bed that I remembered I’d already used them!

All was not lost however as, during my search, I discovered 3 similarly shaped canvasses that I could use instead. We’d been given them as a gift several years ago and they already had an abstract print on them but, as we’d changed our d├ęcor, they no longer went in our hallway and so had been relegated to gathering dust on top of the wardrobe. Wanting to do my bit for the whole reduce, recycle, reuse movement, I decided to see if I could paint over them. As the material isn’t canvas but more like a sort of nylon/plastic type material I wasn’t sure if it would work but so far so good.

I started them both at the same time as I remembered just how long it takes oil to dry between each coat. One week later and one of them was still wet, although that’s possibly because I applied the paint in thick blobs of colour. Anyway, I haven’t managed to work any further on it just yet but this is the work in progress so far:

Step 1 - black and grey 'undercoat' and the original print I've painted over

Step 1

Step 2 - and now taking forever to dry .

The second one is a night time cityscape in Tasmania, Australia. The first week I just outlined the basic shapes in black and grey tones and then last week I started adding some colour. I’m just experimenting with the application process at the moment. I really want to master pointillism and as such I am using colour straight from the tube without mixing it first. I’m not sure I’ll be giving Monsieur Seurat a run for his money just yet but I’m enjoying just messing about with it. The only downside is I can only get so far before I have to leave it for another week or so or else I just end up blurring all the colours together into a muddy mess!

The prints I painted over and my step 1

Step 1 - black and grey tones to loosely mark in the buildings

Step 2 - adding some colour (with the rubber 'smudger' on the end of an eyeliner pencil!)

Anyway, sorry it’s a bit of a long post but it’s been such an eventful week and I’ve never been much good at making a long story short! Happy Paint Party Friday to you all and don't forget to pop over there to see the ever increasing abundance of artistic talent joining in the fiesta!

Oh, and best news of all, it seems that Lennox may have had a stay of execution as his family did manage to lodge a fresh appeal last week!! It might not be over just yet after all!


  1. Great news all the way around! Congratulations on all your new projects and endeavors! Wow! You're really getting yourself out there and I'm so happy for you!!! The world is just beginning to get a taste for your work and I love that you're sharing your journey here with us.

    The Christmas event should be a jolly 'ol time! Hope you sell, sell, sell. Love your works in progress! Your style is so fresh, amiga! I continue to be fascinated by all you do.

    Enjoy your recognition and success. You so very much deserve it!!! :)

  2. Im so happy for you as you are so talented and deserve to get noticed, I really wish you a lot of luck with everything you do. Good news for getting a free stall, how often does that happen! xxx

  3. So pleased to hear so much good news from you this week, congrats and well done! Valerie

  4. Awesome news...congrats! Love your work definitely deserving of all the recognition! POP ART MINIS

  5. Terrific news, congratulations. Loving your new work. Happy PPF, Annette x

  6. Congrats on all your good news. Your paintings are lovely. Just reading your blog made me feel exhausted, wish I still had that kind of energy.

  7. Congrats on all the opportunities coming your way. I also LOVE the window panes painting this week. Beautiful! Happy PPF!

  8. WOW! The new paintings are great! I really like them both, each one is so different. The night scene is looking great. I think the pointillism is working just fine.

    And congratulations on all your great artsy news!

  9. I just wrote you the longest sort of comment and thought everything was done as far as posting a comment. Just as I hit the close button, your word verification came up so my comment is lost. In short, what I said was this. I love the way you show your steps in painting and that in the pointillism painting I think you do give Seurat a run for his money. So glad that Lennox got a reprieve, even if it may be temporary. Also, thanks for the link to Paint My Photo. Love your beautiful art work and am so happy for you that you are being asked to participate in these art events. Faye

  10. Congrats on all the achievemnts! :)You deserve them all! And fabulous new paintings! :)

  11. I loved this post - so full of great info and links to some sites I've never heard of! I'm looking forward to seeing the completed paintings.

  12. Sounds like it was a fabulous week - congratulations!!

    I am loving these paintings so far, especially the reflection. Looking forward to seeing more!

  13. You certainly have been busy! Congratulations on your opportunities, wishing you best results with them. Beautiful new work too! Love the colorful cityscape!

  14. So much good news! And your paintings look great. The cityscape is wonderful.

  15. So happy for you and Lennox!! :)

    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  16. Bravo to you! Says you and your art deserve the accolades and recognition ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

  17. Wow, what a bunch of good news at once, congrats!

    Awesome paintings, the colors are just amazing... *__* Beautiful work!

    // -T.W-

  18. So nice when thing move forward at a good pace you can keep up with. :-}


  19. This made me smile - I love good news and your post is full of it! Wheee!!! Congratulations :)

    I am so happy to see you've brought out your oils (I know you've been itching to do it). I think it's good to be working on multiple pieces at once because of the drying times :)


    p.s. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Lennox!

  20. My goodness life has been moving and shaking for you! Lovely paintings and I'm happy all of the new work is coming your way! Thanks for the update on Lennox we're pulling for him!

  21. Well done, some great stuff happening you deserve it!

  22. That is a huge week and lots of exciting things happening... I love it when they all come in a rush like that because it gives you such a boost doesn't it xx happy PPF

  23. Great news and hugs to Lennox. You really are busy right now, love your work. Nice colors. Happy PPF and weekend to you.

  24. So nice to be part of PPF!
    My first time here and I am blown away.. great works from a wonderful person I can feel that!
    ♥ Darlene

  25. Loving your work as usual. Glad of all your WIP with your art venture. You're doing great and keep it going ... Well Done!

  26. You've been so busy! I LOVE seeing all that you are up to - and love the paintovers (with an eyeliner smudger - you are a girl after my own heart ;) Congrats on the new logo commission and looking forward to seeing the other pieces completed, xo

  27. I love long posts and you have so much going on,, the event to sell your art ( Christmas one) sounds great,, no table charge is always a good thing,, your paintings are beautiful,, I even liked the before picture,, I know all about painting over ,, I do it all the time,, (fickle me).But my fav bit of this post is Lennox being given a bit more time,, thank goodness for this,,you have a lovely floor by the way! lol,

  28. wow, wonderful news, congrats! How great that you are doing a logo for a vegan bakery, awesome!

  29. what wonderful news!!!! I am so thrilled for all of your pieces and photos!!!!

  30. What an interesting post. Congratulations on all of your good news. You're going to be very busy!

    I love your two new paintings and can't wait to see them finished as well as the logo for the bakery, Le Roy and all the rest. Whew, I'm exhausted thinking about all your upcoming work.

  31. Often I start out thinking it is going to be a short post & ends up longer. Congrats with all that is going on & I look forward to seeing the pieces completed. Theresa

  32. How exciting for you!!! I can not wait to see your paintings completed. You are so talented!! You are on your way!!


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