Magical Fairyland Birthday Card

Made a bespoke birthday card at work today for our fairy mad, tree – hugging friend and fellow artist Ivan.

 

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Walsall Breast Cancer Support Group Charity Piece

I’ve now finished a small graphite and watercolour drawing in support ofย Walsall Breast Cancer Support Group. This piece has taken 14 hours this weekend.

It will be in Pelsall at Coopers Crafty Corner on 14th October ready for their charity event on the 20th. There will also be some limited edition prints made.

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Gamvar & Comics

Gamvar Varnishing

I’m varnishing a horse commission today as it’s completely dry (always a good thing!) and ready for a 1st coat.

I’m using Gamvar as this gives a nice finish and allows a much shorter application period* than other varnish as it’s breathable.
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Hypo Energy Boost!

Hooray!!!

About to get an energy increase I HOPE …my levothyroxine meds upped again (after dropping it too much) and I’m waiting to see an endo in December to see if I’m allowed to include some of that much sought after T3! (Please PLEASE!!!)

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Graduation Photos

Finally finished the 2017 batch of graduation photos for Groovie Tots!

Toddler graduation photo (face hidden) in a digital art bamboo frame to match the childcare setting.

Features a digital art frame to match the childcare setting of GroovieTots.

*Faces hidden to follow child protection procedures.

Graduation Photoshoot

Had a fun photoshoot with the preschool graduates of Groovie Tots today. Plenty of pictures taken by the *Groovie Tots and me.

Have fun in your new schools Groovie Tots!

Some superhero photoshop work to follow.

 

* Yes I let 2, 3 and 4 year olds play with my precious camera and tripod!

An Otter and… HOLIDAYS!

Just because I’ve not posted a lot lately here’s a little otter I did at work this afternoon.

Otter, miniature watercolour. ~35mm diameter

So there you go.

…And then I broke up for my holidays! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿšฒ๐ŸŒž But 1st things 1st… A little nap!

Somewhat of a slacker.

…Not really ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve just not updated my blog in a few weeks.

Currently still trying to fit in a portrait and a sculpture around some other commitments and work, i.e. a few clay models for children to paint in a nursery, some wall displays and some DTP. Not progressed a great deal with them yet but no huge rush at the moment.

Flagging energy levels about to be recharged with a much needed holiday, and then another week off to recuperate from a week with a 4yr old!

Planning on doing a little sketching for fun while away then finishing off the portrait when I get home (if I forget I’m still on hoilday).

Pet Sculpture

Spent some of my bank holiday sculpting a figurine of my late dog in her favourite spot… the empty bath, here in her “DON’T TURN THE LIGHT ON I’M SLEEPING!” pose.

The basic shape is more or less complete, detail to follow.  Now this is supposed to be a caricature, I just need to keep reminding myself of that and not go too heavy on the realism, if I haven’t already! (It’s a hard habit to break).

I want to do a realistic full body and bust to follow.

I’ve not used polymer clay before as I normally make a mould to cast pieces so use wax/clay or grey clay to model with, but as I’m doing some one-offs I thought it was the ideal time to try it out rather than making a waste mould.

Horse Portrait Update

Currently at The “How the Hell do I pass at being a portrait artist? This looks like a hippo a 5 year old would paint” stage. …I have 1 or 2 per portrait Keep Calm & Carry On!

Meanwhile babysitting craft day was a success.