Thursday, May 27, 2010

Little Red Riding Hood

Today I decided to try my hand at illustrating a piece from a well known fairy tale. When I started my blog last year I was really interested in illustrating childrens books and that is what got me into my art again. But over the last 6 months or so I have been concentrating on making my jewellery and pendants. Now that our big trip is fast approaching I'm having to pack up my art supplies and I'm not really able to order any more glass etc til I come back. I think this trip will be a good time for me to think about new ideas etc as I'm taking my sketch book with me so hopefully I will be inspired by all the sightseeing we will be doing.

So anyway here is my little take on Little Red Riding Hood, I'd like to try another fairy tale perhaps do a series. I painted this in my journal and wrote a little something to go with it.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I have been included in a Treasury!! Japanese blue by fabiusmaximus on Etsy

Japanese blue by fabiusmaximus on Etsy

Hi everyone I was so excited to see that one of my Japanese paper glass pendants has been featured in this gorgeous Treasury which was created by Fabius Maximus. Please pay a visit to this wonderful designers shop to see lots of her gorgeous creations and take a look at this beautiful Treasury! :0)

Monday, May 24, 2010

My little tribute to Amy Pond

I was soooooo excited about the new series of Dr Who, yes I'm a bit of a geek. I was unsure as to whether I would enjoy the new series as my favourite Doctor played by David Tennant had left and a new one was starting. But I have to say I'm really enjoying this new series as it's quite different from the last and I really like his new companion Amy Pond. So this is a quick doodle I did whilst in front of the tele today. Inspired by her, it doesn't really look like her but I just wanted to capture her red hair and wide eyes, she always looks so surprised and in awe in every episode hee hee....perhaps I should try the doctor next?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Illustration Friday and Sunday Sketch 'Early'

This weeks Sunday sketch is one that I have done in preparation for my piece for Illustration Fridays theme which is 'Early'.

This cute couple must have been up all night talking on the beach as they now watch the sun rise.
I found the sunrise quite challenging but I enjoyed it. I've been so busy lately that this was the first real painting I've done in a couple of weeks. It's just a little canvas but I really liked the size for this challenge.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Illustration Friday Equipment

Hi everyone, well I'm afraid my posts may be a bit sporadic for a while as we are getting closer to our renovations and our trip. I want to keep drawing and painting but it's a little bit crazy but I'll try to keep up as best I can, if I don't do it now I feel weird it's such a part of my life these days. Anyway, it's a little bit late but I wanted to post it anyway, my entry for this weeks illustration Friday topic which is 'Equipment'.

This astronaut was not impressed when he realised that his assistant hadn't packed the right equipment for his latest expedition. When he went to plant the flag he pulled out this instead, tennis anyone?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday Sketch - First sketch of my new commission

Hi guys well this week I've been working on a sketch for my new commission. I have been asked to do 3 portraits of a lady's children. She has two girls and a boy and both girls have asked to be mermaids, so I decided to paint 3 seperate paintings but when they are put together make one picture. This is the first one that I am working on. I'm thinking of making it a mixed media piece and painting the face on paper then sticking it to the canvas as I feel like I could get a more accurate likeness rather than painting it straight on to the canvas. I'm going to do many more sketches of this in preparation and won't start the actual painting til I come back from my trip as I think once I start I will probabaly want to finish all 3 relatively close together. Anyway here is my sketch. If you would like to see more Sunday sketches click on the tab at the side of my page and you will be able to see work from many more artists!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Some new resin lockets

Well here are 3 of the lockets I made yesterday, two with Japanese paper and one out of a print of one of my designs. I think they are cute but I'm still working on perfecting the use of the resin. I quite like them though and think they'll make nice presents. I did make a really cute one out of the dragonfly paper but unfortunetly my 3 year old decided to poke it with his finger this afternoon and it was still tacky so left a giant finger print on top of the picture, luckily I was able to take out that one as it wasn't completely hard and I'm starting again. Hopefully I'll have that one to show you tomorrow :0)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I really can't stop-New Pendants!

Hi everyone, well just when I thought to myself that I might slow down on the making pendants thing (got so much to do before our big trip) my gorgeous cousin gave me some beautiful Japanese paper that she brought back from Japan! I couldn't resist so made a heap today. I'm putting these two into my etsy shop tonight!

I shall show you the others over the next few days as I've had a great time this afternoon. I've also been working on some new lockets and some resin so when they are hard I shall take some pics!! I've also started some sketches for an upcoming commission, I'm hoping to do the sketches before my trip then when we come back I'll get down to painting them in my new art space!!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dragonfly Girl

Hi everyone well it's been nearly a week between posts. I've just been so busy this week with all sorts of things but I have been working on this painting as well as lots of other ideas for upcoming projects.
After some conversations with a lovely blogfriend last week I was reminded of my love for dragonflies so I thought I would try to incorporate some into this piece. As you can tell I really love painting whimsical pretty art but I would like to branch out into others and also perhaps start painting animals etc and not just people, I've got all these ideas in my head and I'm fast running out of time before our big trip so perhaps I'll sketch them down on the plane as I'm taking a sketch book with me. I think it might do me some good to take myself away from my paint and canvas' and to just sketch for a while, I can't help painting as i just really love it! I'm thinking of putting this one in my etsy shop once it's been varnished!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Illustration Friday Cocoon, Sunday Sketch and Mixed Media Monday 'Mothers'

UPDATE: Well it seems that this piece also fits this weeks Mixed Media Monday challenge hurrah! I have to say this is currently one of my favourite pieces and I really enjoyed making it!

Hi everyone, well this weekend I combined the two challenges as I had already done the sketch for this painting. Mothers day is next weekend over here and I wanted to do something to celebrate this occasion. This year I have already seen a family member and a friend welcome a new baby to their home. I have another friend who is due later in the year as well as another family member expecting his first. It's all go go go! All these new babies reminded me of those early days when you are struggling for any scrap of sleep you can get, and can sometimes feel overwhelmed. But there are also those precious moments in the wee hours when you hold your little one all wrapped up in a cosy cocoon of blankets and feel very content. New borns often remind me of little grubs when they are tightly wrapped in the cocoon with just their little head poking out heheheh. I sometimes miss those moments and almost feel like doing it again....almost heheh I like my sleep too much now! ;0) So happy mothers day to all those mothers out there!!


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