Monday, April 25, 2011

Sunday Sketches - An Owl!

Hi guys I hope you all had a great Easter weekend! We had beautiful weather and a lovely family get together. I feel like I've done nothing but eat and eat but I guess that's what family gatherings are all about ;0)

This week I've been finishing up my commission. I've had to paint two candles along with the Jesus painting that I did. I'm in the process of finishing those up so will share with you as soon as they are ready. I've also been working on my sign in page for the Travelling sketchbook that I'm involved in. That is finally ready to go and I'll be posting it on asap. We've had lots of public holidays this last week so the post office isn't open :0(

I've also been making lots of new pieces for my market that is happening next week. It's hopefully going to be a big one as it's a week before mothers day. Fingers crossed we do well :0)

I've also been trying some new things (as you would have read if you saw my last post). My cousin asked me the other day if I would paint an owl and I was keen to step outside the box and so sketched up this drawing on a canvas sheet. I'm loving those by the way :0)

This is what popped into my head! I'll be painting it this week and will show you how it turns out. I found the sketch came quite easily I hope I don't spoil it when I paint it :0)

This is a new piece that I made this week, I really do love this red sparkly clay that I bought recently. It's so pretty especially after a coat of gloss varnish!

This light blue is so bright and cheerful! I'm just so addicted to making these pretties :0)
I am trying to get around to visit you all it's just been such a busy week but I promise I'll get there :0)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Paint Party Friday :0)

Hi everyone this week I've been trying to work on a couple of paintings just for fun. I wanted to do something different to the commissions that I've been working on and so came up with these two little ladies.
I bought a book with canvas pages in it. I haven't used one before and it's really handy as I like painting on canvas but don't have the room for hundreds of stretched canvas. Does anyone know if you can frame a canvas page or does it have to be stretched?
 I painted this girl after being inspired by my cousins little girl. She received a costume like this for her 3rd birthday and I thought it was so cute that I was inspired to paint her :0)

This next painting was a little challenge I set myself. I tend to always go for lots of different bright colours in my paintings especially warm colours like reds and oranges. So this piece I decided to stick to some cooler colours and limit the amount of different colours. I quite like her :0) I also used some pencil and permanent black marker for some details :0)

Hope you're all having a good 'Good Friday' :0) and I look forward to seeing what everyone else has been doing this week. If you would like to see the other artists involved in Paint Part Friday just click on the link on the right hand side :0)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Finished commission and some new pieces :0)

Hi guys thank you so much for your encouraging comments on my last post. I decided to tweak the painting just a little but didn't do too much more to it, I'm happy that it's finished now and plan to start on the next step of the commission, painting on the candles today! :0)

I've also been experimenting with some new ideas and designs in my clay jewellery and keyrings so thought I'd share my new creations with you too.

Love this matching set! The white clay also has sparkles through it so makes for a very pretty piece! :0)

I think this might be my new favourite piece. The clay and the vintage style findings work so well together :0)

And lastly these are my newest key rings!! :0) I'll be adding these cuties to my shop in the near future.
Hope you're all having a great weekend!!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Paint Party Friday - Commission

Hi guys this week I wanted to share with you a commission that I have been working on. I'm not sure it's finished yet but I'm at that point that I am reluctant to do anymore to it if you know what I mean.

I was asked by my client if I could do a painting for his nephews Baptism but in my particular style. He has also asked me to paint two candles but I haven't started those I'll share those with you later.

The figure is Jesus holding a baby although I think each person could find something different in it.

What do you think any tips or suggestions?
I've never painted this sort of subject matter before so I'm quite outside my comfort zone but enjoying the challenge :0)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sunday sketch and my first spread in the 'Sistahood of the travelling sketchbook'

Hi everyone here is my very first spread in my Sistahood of the travelling sketchbook. The opening spread on our books are to be about us perhaps using our favourite colours, subject matter, materials etc. Then we'll post this off to the next person and then next month we start doing the calendar months and what they mean to us.

I chose a colour combination that I seem to be drawn to alot. Warm orangey colours and blue. I just love how they look together and often seem to use them in my work. I chose to draw a whimsical style picture with butterflies and flowers as they seem to pop up in my work alot also :0) I hope I'm on the right track with this :0)




Saturday, April 9, 2011

My butterfly commission finally finished! :0) Paint Party Friday :0)

Here is my butterfly commission all finished. I think they look so pretty all lined up together. I'm really happy with how it turned out as it's my first commissioned piece where I have used oils. The green butterfly (colour requested from client) was a bit of a challenge as I wanted to make sure the butterfly stood out, so I added more blossoms in the background. I reached a point where I wasn't sure if it was finished or not but didn't really think I should add anymore. I think I had just stared at it for far too long. Do you ever feel like that?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Hi everyone, I feel so terrible that I have neglected my blog over the last couple of weeks. I haven't had much time for anything arty since my brother and his beautiful partner arrived to holiday with us! I did however get to sit down today and work on my butterfly commission and create a few pieces of jewellery. I also was contacted about another commission. Which is very exciting and challenging as it's under a bit of a quick time frame and is a subject matter that I've never painted before. But I said 'yep sure I can do that not a problem' hehehe and now I'm going to start sketching ideas. It's a bit nerve wracking but that's part of challenging yourself isn't it?

I shall tell you all about this one when it's finished. In the meantime I'm nearly finished with my final butterfly which I can't wait to share with you. Just waiting for it to dry (its in oil) before I add the finishing touches.

We had a wonderful time at the coast. The weather is cooling now as we're well into Autumn over here but we were lucky with the weather down there and were able to play on the beach all day swimming playing cricket and having such a lovely time. I thought I'd share some photos :0)

 This is 'Thomas' a bug called a Christmas beetle that Riley found on the beach. He kept him for AGES until we pursueded him to find him a nice new home in the bushes. They really are an amazing colour!

 These beautiful plants were outside out cabins I think they are called 'Birds of Paradise'.

I really love the gum trees over here they are beautiful!

These are the pieces I made today.
 Two earring pendant sets made from Japanese paper.......LOVE these designs!

 This cute little pair of earrings was made with black gunmetal trays and pretty Japanese paper!


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