Sunday, February 28, 2010

Illustration Friday - Perspective

Dorothy has a long journey ahead of her on the yellow brick road.......

I didn't get to finish my piece for last weeks Illustration Friday but I have created a canvas which i'm putting the finishing touches to, I shall post it up when it's done. Very tired today due to my 3 year old keeping me up half the night. Both my boys seem to have suffered from night terrors at one time or another poor little things. Hopefully tonight he'll have some sweet dreams.....

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A new pendant and a big thank you to a lovely blog friend!!!

Hi guys, as promised here is my new pendant that I listed in my shop today! I am waiting on a delivery of some pretty ribbons to put my pendants on so as soon as they arrive I will be listing the rest.

Also a big thank you to Kelly from Kelly Berkey Designs for this pretty pendant I won last week on a giveaway on the Boho Markets blog. Thank you Kelly I have worn it out to lunch with the girls already and shown it off!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

....and here is what I made with a print of the painting

I decided that I wanted to make Clarey her own Welsh lady pendant so she could carry a little piece of Wales around with her always and here it is!

Tomorrow I'm going to be listing some new pendants that I have been working on in my etsy shop so keep watching this space!! :0)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A present for a very special person.

Well here is my new Welsh lady, which was requested by my cousin Clarey who is about to pop with child number two! Clarey like myself, emmigrated to Oz from Wales however she's still in the 'early years' having only been here about 6 years. I know how hard it is when you make a commitment like this which means that half of your family and friends are on the other side of the world. Sometimes it's harder than others and at the moment I think Clarey is missing her other home and the people there with this special arrival fast approaching. So she requested that I paint a Welsh lady for her new baby's room. I wanted to add a special touch to this one and I've painted some of the Swansea coastline as seen from my house where I used to live, I hope she recognises this and that it helps her feel like she always has a part of home with her and her new family.
I painted this one on canvas with acrylic paints but i tried something new, I glued some tissue paper to the background to give it a bit of extra texture. I'm also going to do something extra special with the print so i'll show you that tomorrow when it's finished.
I hope she likes it as I'm giving it to her tomorrow, I'm pretty confident that she won't be checking my blog tonight (she's too busy putting her swollen feet up and nursing a sore back) not long now flower!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Illustration Friday - Adrift

Just a quick one this week as i didn't want to run out of time.

Little Benjamin got more than he bargained for when he hopped on top of this giant balloon. Hope he's not adrift for too much longer as it's looking cold out there!!!

I painted this in acrylic paint, used some crackle medium on the sky as well as pen and my inkense pencils to make him pop out more.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New painting and my one year 'blogiversary'

Hi everyone, as I mentioned yesterday today is my one year anniversary of blogging! I really never thought that I would still be doing this a year later. But I have found it so addictive and rewarding I don't want to stop!!! It's so nice to have an outlet for my art as otherwise I'd be painting pieces that no one ever saw, I've also been so inspired to try new things like making pendants and jewellery, opening an etsy shop etc that I wouldn't have dreamt of doing if not for the encouragement of my blog friends, so thank you!!!

I thought I would show you my new painting, I don't know if you remember my Geisha lady? Well she has become quite popular (as a pendant) and I even have someone who wants to buy the actual painting which is very exciting for me, I'm just in the process of framing it so I'll show you a picture of it when it's done. I'm hoping to continue with this theme of beautiful women in traditional clothes and want to try painting ladies from all over the world. This next one is an Indian lady. I really LOVE the jewellery, clothes, make up, everything about the Indian culture, not to mention the food!! I find the clothes so colourful and beautiful that i had to paint my own version. So here she is, I painted it her in acrylic paint, inktense pencils and used some texture paste on the background. I googled some photos of Indian ladies in traditional dress and took ideas for a pose from one, clothes from another and added my own flare. I find that it's good to have some point of reference for these paintings otherwise I'd get lost with all the details.I painted her on MDF wood just like the Geisha. I think she'll look nice as a pendant too. Hope you like her.....

Monday, February 15, 2010

...and the winner of my OWOH giveaway is ......

True she was picked at random by my very helpful and lovely hubby!!
Thank you everyone for taking part in my giveaway it was so nice to meet so many wonderful talented people and make many new blog friends, I had so much fun on this years magic carpet ride!!! It was my first time and won't be my last. I can't believe I had 157 people enter my giveaway!!

I have also realised that tomorrow is my one year blogaversary! I can't believe I've been doing this for a year now, I never thought that I was going to enjoy it as much as I have and it's really become part of my day to day life, i've learned so much from other artists and gained so much confidence with my work through lovely feedback and encouragement I have received from so many people. I feel like I really have made some wonderful friends and enjoy visiting you all so much! Thank you!!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Some new pieces

This last week has been very busy for me. With the OWOH event happening and soon coming to an end :0( I have been visiting lots of wonderful people and it's quite hard to keep up with. I've been working on a new painting which I shall post when it's finished and Ive been making some new pendants. I also made a bracelete the other day which matches a pendant that is already in my shop. I will be listing these pendants but I'm currently waiting for some new leather look necklaces to arrive which I bought on ebay so I shall take some pictures for my shop then.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Illustration Friday - Muddy

It's not just boys that like to get all filthy and play mud pies. This little girl looks a little guilty after she's had a fun time playing outside in the mud!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday Sketches

This is my piece for the lovely Sophia's Sunday sketches. If you haven't been there already, take a trip to this lovely lady's blog! She is a very inspiring woman!!
This is a doodle that I started a couple of weeks ago and when I sat down today to sketch someting up for the challenge I decided to finish it, I didn't have any plan in my head I just sat in front of the tele and doodled. I'm really glad that I finished it and it was so nice to just sit and draw for a change. Since I've started making jewellery and painting alot I don't often just sit and draw.
If you would like to participate in Sophia's Sunday Sketches click here

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

New pendant 'Summer fun'

Here is the first of my pendants made from my recent canvas! This is made from premium hand cut glass and is now listed in my etsy shop!!! I really love how these sillouhette paintings are turning out as pendants they are quite striking!


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