Sunday, 30 July 2017

All sorts of animals...

Well, what do you know, yet again over a month has gone by without me putting in an appearance at my own blog.  It's not that I haven't been creating because I have plenty to show for the last few weeks, it's just that I can't seem to make time to type up a blog post.

Anyway, I've been back home in Ireland for a week which was lovely. I took my acrylic ink pens home with me this time and even better, I even took them out and used them!! I decided to paint up the raven sketch that I'd drawn on my previous visit to Ireland back in February.

This is how it turned out:

raven+spirit animal+power animal+art+Nicola McLean

I also painted a goat.  To be precise, I painted a little goat called Lawson, who'd been born with a heart defect and was rescued by Leanne of Goats of Anarchy, an amazing charity that helps so many little goats with disabilities. Unfortunately, Lawson tragically passed away just after he'd returned home from the hospital having survived the surgery.  

I follow Goats of Anarchy on Instagram and couldn't stop thinking about wee Lawson. So, anyway, I painted his picture and sent the original to Leanne so she could use it to sell prints to raise funds for her charity.  Quite a lot of people contacted me after seeing it on Instagram to say they'd love to buy a print so hopefully, she'll get a lot of interest if she does decide to offer prints for sale.  

This is the painting:

Lawson+goat+Goats of Anarchy+Spirit animal+Nicola McLean

I'm also going to use it as the goat in my spirit animal card set which, yes, I'm still working on. I know it's been a very long process but I've been doing so many other things in between working on the different animals for the cards and I've got a ways to go yet - I think I've got about 10 animals done but will probably need at least 50!

I've also been adding to the types of dogs I've fashioned out of polymer clay.Firstly, my sister asked me to do a cake topper of Boris the chocolate lab for his person's birthday cake.

polymer clay dog+Chocolate lab+cake topper+Nicola McLean

I also made another figurine of a very special little dog who crossed the rainbow bridge recently. Muffin, Neesie's faithful wee companion sadly passed away and I decided to make a little figurine of her to send to Neesie because I always remembered how she used to sit on Neesie's desk as she was painting so I thought this little clay dog could sit there as a little tribute. I'm pleased to say that Neesie was really delighted with her wee Muffy tribute and wrote a lovely blog post about her as well as sending me a print of her gorgeous Mother and Baby giraffe painting as a thank you. 

polymer clay dog+shitzhu+cake topper+Nicola McLean

So, that's what I've been up to.  If I was in any way organised I would have written four separate posts for these but as I'm so behind and have actually completed another painting which I'm really planning to blog about later in the week, I thought I'd just do a quick round up of what I've been up to for the last month or so.

I was also contacted by a professor from the University of Westminster to ask permission to use my painting 'moonlight shadow' on the welome poster and cover of the programme for a symposium they were holding on 'Tourism and the night'. The painting was very appropriate for the subject matter! This is what they looked like:

Although I haven't been writing in my blog much, I have actually been writing in other ways...I started a novel about five years ago and recently I decided that I was going to finish it come hell or high water! (It's the third novel I've started and not finished  - the first I started writing in 1997 and it's now languishing on a floppy disk somewhere which I couldn't access even if I knew where it was seeing as computers don't even have floppy drives any more!!)

Anyway, with this one, even if it never gets publish I just really want to finish it.  So, I've been re-reading and editing and writing new chapters - I'm at about chapter 30 now so making some progress.  That's been keeping me creative for the last couple of weeks but yesterday I got the urge to paint so I did.  I finished it today and if you'd care to pop back later in the week I'll show you what it was!


  1. you've been very busy!!

    that was such a nice and touching thing to do for Neesie :D

    you can still get floppy disc drives if you really wanted the files again :)

  2. Oops! I have missed a lot haven't I! And aside from your paintings, which are incredible, I was SO interested to read that you are writing a novel! I also started writing a novel in the mid 90's... Yes, you read it right! How weird is that??? And I never finished it. And what's just as weird is that for the last few months I have been itching to either pick that one up again or start another (which I have an idea for)... Writing I think was always my true calling. If only I had realised it at a much younger age, huh? Anyway, it seems we have more in common than we even thought! I am determined I will write again... My issue as always is time... Where do we find the time to do it all? Should I stop painting and focus on a book? Yes... I considered that too... And that feeling you get some times of wondering if you will ever paint again has happened to me many times. Like you said, it's a cycle. But the urge always comes back. I think the reason I chose painting over writing is because there is a result, quite quickly that you can easily share. Anyway, I am intrigued about your venture and feel the need for another 2 me's... just so I have the time to do everything! If only I could afford to give up work so I can persue it all... A girl can dream, right?

  3. Wow, you are really good with you art work, I wish I was half of good as you are but sadly I can hardly draw anything. Thank you for sharing your work with us


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