Friday, 13 February 2015

Long time no blog!

Hello dear bloggers, did you wonder where I'd vanished to???  Well, I've been here all along, just bogged down under stress and health issues.  No one likes a whinger, so I won't go on about it, but it's been tough!  I'm starting to get back to normal, slowly, but changes have been made and I'm still not out of the woods financially.  I do however have a couple of plans for the future, but I'll reveal them in time ;)

So, how was Christmas???  Was it really so long ago?
 I used a different colour this year as my lounge was repainted to go with the carpet that was replaced by my insurance company after I dropped a plate of curry!!!!  However the new carpet has lasted a couple of months and now looks like a cheap, nasty jumper that's felted in the wash!  Talks are afoot to replace the new one, but the thought of pulling the lounge apart again leaves me feeling weak!!!

Remember the tea stained pages of last year?  I was tidying the studio and came across a large sheet.  Suddenly I knew what I wanted to put on it.  I totally adore this piece as it's so free compared to my usual style. There will be more tea staining I feel :D

Back to bread and butter now and my latest commission is going well.  A couple of tiny tweaks to finish this off and it will be heading off to a happy customer.

It wasn't all plain sailing though as I'd accidentally drawn the first version on the wrong paper!!!  I had an idea that things weren't right when I stretched the sheet and it warped very badly despite all my efforts to flatten it!  As I applied colour, the paper went grainy and frankly the result was just plain nasty!  I'm glad I redid the picture as the nose in the version above is far better than the first one.  Ah well, this experience led me to find the most beautiful paper I've worked with and I can't wait to do more.
The new paper is by Hahnemuhle and is already stretched, so life will be a little simpler from now on :D

It's good to get back to blogging, I hope you haven't all forgotten me :D