Saturday, 27 February 2010

A bit of fun.

Just for the heck of it, I made a little felt horse with black blanket stitching. I'm very pleased with how he looks on my new (to me) set of vintage shelves. He took a very long time to stitch, so not sure how viable it would be to make these to sell.

Finally, little Audrey was finished today.

I had so much fun finishing her clothes and adding her necklace and tiara.

She has a little drop waisted skirt, trimmed with ribbon at the neck and hem.

I learned so much about how to improve my designs, including a neater way to attach the arms and legs. I can't wait to get started on the clothes for Tia Dalma and my other vintage ladies, the gals who are Hollywood screen legends.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

More dolls.

Phew, they look scarey in the early stages :) I took this close up to show you how pretty the eyes were that I bought,

but I have to admit, I prefer the ones I made myself.

I was going to show you a picture of my Pirates of the Carribean doll, but she is seriously scarey at the moment. Maybe when she has a dress, she may look a little better :)

This week it's back to the paintings :)

Thursday, 11 February 2010


Well I'm back in the kitchen!!! The was a scum of ice on my pots of water and I could only stay in the Studio for an hour, with a hot water bottle and a hooooge blanket. It was still lovely and peaceful, but I'll stay in the warm for a little while yet and just pop out there occasionally for some peace :)

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Eriskay Pony.

I've been painting a lot of horse and pony pictures lately and the reason isn't just because I enjoy it, but because there is a pony tack sale this coming weekend in aid of the EPS, the Eriskay Pony Society. I hope to sell a few pictures and cards and will donate some of my sales to the Society. As our pony Merlin is an Eriskay Stallion, we have an invested interest in supporting this worthy cause. If you would like to know more about Merlin, you can visit his blog here I've not written much on the blog since last Summer, as he's basically had the Winter off!!!

The painting started out with a very rough sketch. This is my usual approach to see if I'm happy with the layout and balance.

I then re-sketch it onto a large watercolour sheet. Here I used my favourite pad, only 3 pages left! Some basic washes were laid down and left to dry.

While letting the washes dry, I fiddled about with a couple of bookmarks. Epona and Caraid. Epona was the Goddess of horses, protecting all equines, and Caraid means beloved in Gaelic.

It was so great to be back in the Studio, but by the time I left I was frozen through and there was fresh snow on the lawn! Maybe I was being a little premature by going out there so soon, but I miss the smell of the paint and wood and the absolute silence (other than hopeful clucking of chickens wanting to get in on the action)! I just hope my paintings haven't frozen!!!!

Saturday, 6 February 2010

A break from painting.

I needed a break from the painting this week and indulged myself in a growing obsession - doll making. I went to a large hobby shop and bought some more air hardening clay and splurged on the luxury of two new brushes for painting faces. They weren't terribly expensive, but are lovely all the same :)

I then spent a few wonderful evenings creating some rather ugly little dolls! I'm sure they'll look better when they have some 'slap' on (strange expression, I know, but it does make me giggle!). The angry lass with the boobies is hopefully going to be a version of Tia Dalma from Pirates of the Caribbean, but my dear son is not convinced and laughes a lot at my efforts!

The dark haired beauty is a mini Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's, although at the moment, she's quite armless :) The other two will be valentine fairies or Angels, although it's getting too close to the date to get them in the shop, so maybe they'll be adaptable!

I've used a selection of eyes, including some that I made myself and a couple of pairs that I got from Ebay. It has to be said that I prefer my own, and they were a fraction of the cost! I'm loving this diversion from painting, and it means that I can sculpt in the house, while I wait for the Summerhouse to defrost. My new problem now with the Studio is that I've noticed the window blind is wet and moulding! Oh for once I'm thinking, roll on Spring!

PS, the Artist Date went badly wrong, as the City was just soooo darned depressing and I turned the car around and fled to the peace of the Countryside! I'll post the pictures of that in the next few days.