Friday, 23 September 2016

The blog is back!

Hello dear reader.
Just when you thought it was safe to venture back into blogland, I have returned!
It's only taken me the best part of a year, but I'm back and I'm creating,
and hopefully staying around this time
[where have I heard that before?]

I'm not posting anything earth-shattering today,
I thought I'd give you time to get over the shock first!

See you soon :D

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Hello 2016

Well, it's a new year I guess.

The tree is down, the decorations are away, and the dining table has again succumbed to being loaded with paint, and paper and all the other bits that normally reside there.

And here's the first post for 2016, just a quick sketch to get us under way. Hopefully I'll be a bit more productive and communicative than last year!

Don't mention the hands! I haven't decided what she's going to be doing with them yet!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Into the black

Journal page,
white pencil on black gesso.

Inspired by this:
Warning: It gets heavy! :)

Monday, 30 November 2015

Never to be told

It's the end of another AEDM and I'm finishing on a high note.
 One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret,
Never to be told.

You may have noticed, when it comes to my artwork I'm my own biggest critic, but occasionally a piece just comes together perfectly; and this is one of them. I'm really happy with this and it's in my personal top three pieces.
There are several versions of the rhyme above, depending which part of the country you're from; but the version above is probably the most well known as it was used for a children's TV show back in the seventies.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Almost there

AEDM, last day but one.

This started life as one of those brown cardboard/papier-mâché blanks that can be bought from craft shops. It's a storgae box that's book shaped. Add a few layers of paper towel, cover with yellow and pink tissue, attach a few embellishments, and hey presto a birthday present. 
(Contents are not yet decided)

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Another sketch

And another one that I've had to darken to get the detail to show,
which makes it harsher than the real sketch.
This one definitely needs more work.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Little Jenny Wren

The sweetheart of Robin Redbreast.

Robin promised Jenny, if she would be his wife,
she should `feed on cherry-pie and drink currant-wine';
and he says:

`Ill dress you like a goldfinch,
Or any peacock gay;
So, dearest Jen, if you'll be mine,
Let us appoint the day.'

Jenny replies:

`Cherry-pie is very nice,
And so is current wine;
But I must wear my plain brown gown,
And never go too fine.

'Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894