Thursday, 7 March 2013

Finished - Parsons Jack Russell

Almost there.

Final details and finally I'm happy :D
Now I'm just waiting to hear what the owners think!!!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Steam and Terrier.

In reply to Bovey Belle's question about the Steam painting, the cogs and wheels operate a huge door inside the cave where the Dragon riders live.  All the details are lost behind the Dragon's steamy breath, but the title also refers to the Steampunk theme.  The Dragon and Fairy are waiting to leave the cave to go and fight their latest mission :D

For those interested, I grew up reading the Anne McCaffrey dragon books and this is more than likely where my abiding love of Dragons came from.  Fairies were definitely brought to life for me by Brian Froud, which is strange as I find myself drawing and painting traditional fairies, yet if they existed (of course they do) I believe they'd be grubby and more than a bit scarey!

So back to 'normal land' today with a commissioned painting of a little Parson's Jack Russell Terrier!
After the initial sketch, I then block in some crazy colours.  Being self taught, I'm not sure how other artists get their colours down or the proper procedures, but I find that a base coat of blue brings out
the glossy highlights.
 I'm not sure how much of his legs will stay in the final picture, but being a Pasron's terrier it would be nice to show off his lovely long legs :D
 Halfway mark although it feels like there is still so far to go!  I absolutely love painting this little guy as he's got the sweetest face and when I met him to take the photos, he was a darling little poppet :D

Saturday, 2 March 2013


 At last I've managed to get into the Studio despite all the many things in life that take up my time.  Time and priorities have been shuffled and I've a huge stack of pictures waiting for me to paint.  I've a couple of commissions plus a whole notebook of images and inspirations.

I started this one before Christmas, but for a while the Angel took over.  Now she's had to take a back seat while my Dragon took his turn.

I started off with some simple washes to lay down my colour scheme. 

More colour was worked in and the details tightened up.

There are still some changes to be made and I think the claw in the background should be holding something, also, I've forgotten to fill in the details of the Fairy's garter!!!  Time for more tea I think :D