Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mischief - WIP#2 - Border Collie Pastel Painting

After a short break whilst finishing the Highland Cow painting, I'm back to work on the border collie pup.

Still have lots of work to do but at least there is now some colour in his coat. His snout's not right yet, and there will be blades of grass up over the front of his paws and nose, but they are finishing touches.

I must admit that I love working on black dog coats - there are so many other colours in the fur when the light is on the black. So far on this one the colours in the black are purple, teal, burnt sienna, mauve and a dark green. It really all depends on the light of the day when the photo of the dog was taken. This one was in bright sunlight. The photo of Amy the greyhound, one of my earlier paintings, was taken in shadow so the colours in her black coat were different.

Last night was the last art class until 1st term in the new year. I'm hoping to get this finished and a few other paintings at least started over January, but I'll see how time goes. K. and I will be busy fitting in lots of fun before she starts school next year!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Highland Cow Pastel Painting - Complete

 I'll leave this sit and come back and have a look at it again after a while -  and I'm sure I'll make some minor adjustments - but otherwise I believe this is done.

16 Dec - so it wasn't as complete as I first thought. After some generous comments from other artists at Wet Canvas I have made some changes but, of course, after seeing the photo online, I can spot a couple of other things I'll need to adjust. I just need to get to that point where I can say - yes, this is done - and stop fiddling around!


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Highland Cow Pastel Painting - WIP#3

I didn't get as much time to spend on this painting at class this week as my daughter had a little accident, and got a rather bad bump across her nose, so I was called home early (no one comforts quite like mum, apparently).

So here is what I achieved on the Highland Cow. This will definitely be finished during my last class for 2009 this coming Tuesday, if not before. I have to complete the horns and add a little more definition to the cow, probably using pastel pencils. Also the grass needs a touch more work.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Creativity Interview at Black Sheep Pen

A friend of long-standing invited me to answer some questions on creativity for his new blog, Black Sheep Pen. He also asks his interviewees to provide a self portrait, which was quite a challenge to complete. And as this is his Christmas blog entry, he has also re-published a short story of mine, another of my creative endeavours.

Please visit his blog, and bookmark it as I'm sure there will be some really great interviews to come.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Highland Cow Pastel Painting - WIP#2

Remembered the reference this week, so got to work on the Highland Cow painting.

It is actually beginning to look like a cow! Haven't really touched the foreground grasses yet and I'm not really happy with the distant mountains. There is a tree or two to add if I want and some minor touches on the cow.

More Christmas Decorations

I am making small Christmas decorations for K. to give to her friends at pre-school. I have made three so far but have cut out all the shapes ready to sew. I don't have any plans other than the shapes so I am deciding what to sew as I go. For K's best friends I am sewing their initial on the back and a picture on the front.

Very rustic!

K also made some decorations for the tree...



All her own work!