Sunday, 21 June 2015

Latest painting - needs a few tweaks!

What better way to spend a Sunday that working in the Studio? I'm mostly happy with this, but it is looking a little too cutesy!!!  I'll let the oils dry a bit and then maybe I'll see what needs to be done.
Time for a little catch up with the real ponies and maybe cut the lawns.  I do love Sundays :D Edited to add the finished picture :D

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Once upon a Time!

Once upon a time, I was a sculptor. My little Studio sat in an almost empty garden and was the most basic little place for pulling shapes from messy clay.  All it had was a table and a shelf full of glazes.
Inside I made horses and Dragons.
Lots of Dragons!
I also made a few other things as well. This was one of my favourite pieces.  I almost wish I hadn't sold it, but I may make another!
I also made many winged horses who flew away to good homes.
My huge Raku Dragon, Gawain is still with me though despite a visit to a couple of galleries!
The red dot on the label below, shows that this little dragon also flew away to a new home.
So what changed and why did I stop? The reason, pure and simple was that my awfully ancient kiln gasped it's last puff of smoke and I didn't have the money for a new one! With the help of a dear friend I have now found a new (to me) kiln which is scheduled to be serviced and wired in next week, YAAAY :D  I have two new bags of clay and a head full of ideas.  I simply can't wait to get started!

Meanwhile, this little sculpture of the wool variety is taking shape and will soon be ready for a new home (if I can bear to part with it!!!)

Friday, 12 June 2015

So much time.

So much time has passed since my last post.  I've been working so very hard, but sadly not at a lot of painting.  I won't bore you with my troubles, but keeping heart and soul together has been hard.  Keeping food on the table, harder still!

I have several lovely households I now work for as Housekeeper and Gardener and it's all starting to work out at last.  I'm now finding time in the afternoons to get back to my painting, so I'm hoping to find the balance between my two very different occupations!

This painting is nearly finished, just the line along the belly to sort out.  Prints will be available, but the piece itself is rather heavy so will probably go into an Exhibition, fingers crossed!

This horse has been sat in the Studio for the last couple of months and will be finished today, I hope.  The initial washes went on so easily that I don't want to lose the flow of movement in such a tranquil painting.
My daughter, the Moomin has finally finished school and is eagerly awaiting the start of her college courses in Art.  She's been setting me art challenges, so expect to see a few Manga style pieces popping up now and then as that's her passion :D

I'd also like to congratulate my awesome Son for passing his Art Pre-Degree with distinction and for producing the best ever hand made Mongolian suit of Armour :D  I'll get pictures of that soon as it's just been released from the college exhibition :D