Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Persian Cat - WIP#2

Missed out on my Monday morning at art, so just one two-hour session this week.

Another layer of pastel added to the cat, and a bit more work on the eyes.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Egg-Free Pikelets - a different creative endeavour!

Tomorrow is Pancake Day, so K.'s pre-school are making pancakes. With her egg allergy she can't have them, nor assist in the preparation, so they asked me to provide her with an alternative. I didn't want to just send any old thing I wanted her to have pancakes - or at least pikelets.

I got out my old Commonsense Cookery Book and, using their recipe, substituted a mashed banana for the 1 egg the recipe required. They are a little browner because of the banana (look like they are wholemeal rather than white flour). Next time I think I'll try a different egg replacement to see if I can get closer to the original flavour of pikelets. Or maybe pureed apricot? or my oil/water/baking powder substitute with a dash of vanilla thrown in? When I was avoiding milk I used to use pineapple juice instead and they were really yummy!

By the way, in the photo I am not showing you the half of the batch that I slightly singed until I got the heat right! :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Persian Cat - WIP#1

So as well as finishing the cattle dog I have started on a painting of a cat. I was really drawn to this one because of its eyes. Of course, this is just a first draft so still a lot of pastel to go on the page.

Once again I started with the eyes, but want to get a bit more colour on the page before completing them.

It is on Canson Mi-Teintes paper, 9"x12", Rembrandt and Art Spectrum soft pastels with a few pastel pencils.

Cattle Dog Painting - Final

So tonight after just a few changes, the cattle dog is finished. Still not sure what title I will give it, but a suggestion has been made of 'Tell Me More'. Need to mull it over a little longer. I need to get it framed quickly as the local art show is coming up on 13-15 March and I want to enter it in the competition.

This is a night shot so it doesn't show the colours at their best. I'll have to take a photo in sunlight to really show it at its best.

I'm very happy with this one.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Cattle Dog Painting - WIP#5

Next time I post this painting it will be the final version. I have a few minor things to tweak and I will post it on Wet Canvas to get some pastellist feedback - always helpful!

I need to make some of the fur look more like fur, darken a few things and lighten others, and I haven't added the whiskers yet - the very last thing to do. So tomorrow night this will be done!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Cattle Dog - WIP#4

She's almost done. Just some minor adjustments and finishing touches which I'll do on Tuesday night.

Thank goodness it was a cool day today. I don't think I'd have coped with the heat for much longer. We were able to open the house right up today to let in the cool air after being shut in for quite a few days.

I just hope they have this cool change in Victoria now too. It has been a horrible few days and my thoughts go to all the families in Victoria who have been affected by the bushfires.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Cattle Dog - WIP#3

So another Tuesday night art class is over and some more work completed on the cattle dog painting. I am really enjoying working on this one. It is fascinating how you don't really use black to make the fur look black - there are so many other colours used to show the light reflecting off the black fur.

Still need to work on the ruff under her throat, her snout and her coat as well as some tweaking on her face and ears. But otherwise it's going well.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Cattle Dog - WIP#2

Katie has started back at pre-school for 3 days a week this week, so that means more time for me to paint! On Monday mornings, my art instructor at the local art & craft group does a silk painting class. As the art room is open I am able to go and make use of the space for $3 from 9.30am to 12pm. So this morning I went for the first time and continued work on the cattle dog, but on my own as my instructor is working on silk painting for herself. So I worked for two hours and had company as well.

I am so happy with what I achieved this morning. She is really starting to look like a real dog.