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

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Tell me what you see

Hopefully you'll be able to see something this time,
unlike last Thursday's offering!

The actual image isn't this dark,
I've had to digitally enhance it,
or you would be looking at a white oblong again.

It still needs more work yet,
but I'm taking it slowly.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Small things

In this case a 4x4 canvas.

Not the best image of a robin,
the shape isn't quite right,
and the red is too sharply defined.
Not bad for a quick painting though.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The saga continues........

Day 3 of "the canvas"

I think I'm getting somewhere;
or at least I will be when it's dry (again)!

I have a vague idea of what's coming next,
but that could change by tomorrow
if I see something else in the swirls and lines.