….seems to be a theme right now! However, I had one to do of a little one that I wanted to also deliver whilst on my holiday. Although, he has grown up a little since the reference photo was taken, I wanted to draw him before he grew up too much more:
Again this one was pastels on pastelmat.
I completed some more of the Sketchbook project before I went off on another trip:
I quite enjoy the research to go with the images. The next pages followed a trip to the Wyre Forest:
It is probably time to do some more now. I do have plenty of material and idea’s for art too. However, I do need to catch up on the washing a little first…………….
Posted by Chrissy Marie on June 28, 2012
I thought that when I finished work, I would get to blog a little more often and wouldn’t get so behind on my reading either. So far nothing could be further from reality. At the beginning of the month I was getting pretty down with the constant rain, so I turned to sunnier times and started painting Skiathos.
Oil on Canvas ~ Olive Grove Gateway
Little did I realise at that point that I would end up there very shortly but, I did and I went! Although, I didn’t much art while I was out there, I really did make the most and gets lots of reference material. A small selection is over on my photography blog.
As a result of my last portrait commission, I also gained another one which needed to be a little larger than normal. Again I used pastel on pastelmat, the size is roughly A3.
This one has all been framed up now and is ready to go…….
I also decided that I would do the Art project this year. I have always wanted to do it but, I was ever conscious of time! The best thing for me is that they have also opened it up to photographs which was the clincher. It means that I can incorporate all of my mediums up which I love to do. I am sure I still have that paper cutting in my blood from constructing greetings cards and scrapbooking. I also love quotes and saying so in every way, I was more inspired to do it. Since arriving back from Skiathos, I have put together the cover and a few initial pages:
I will also be adding some small sketches but, I confess that this size is a little small for me. Most of my work tends to be at least A4.
Otherwise, I have been working in the garden; planting, weeding and tidying. For those that have known me a while, it is almost back to the pre-accident days. I have to ensure that I monitor my time for anything too physical but, I have found that if I do an hour a day, my knee doesn’t complain too much. So, this was the back, the front garden is next!
Have a great weekend all especially, as here in the uk, we have jubilee celebrations
Posted by Chrissy Marie on June 1, 2012
I haven’t done any crafting for ages but, recently I took a trip to a local garden centre and saw a sign for the garden that I really loved. It provided me with the inspiration to have a go at something similar for our own garden. Of course I didn’t make it the same, it was made from copper and besides it is always nice to be a little inventive and make something that has your own stamp on it. Andy very kindly supplied me with a scrap piece of sheet aluminium which can be cut with a pair of sturdy scissors. I used that to give strength to the form. I downloaded a colouring project for kids butterfly template I then cut up various bits of paper and stuck, stamped and embellished. Tim Holtz distress stamping pads were duly dragged out of the draw for the first time in a while. I used an old bracelet that was originally from a car boot for the chain and left the little charms on it because they looked so pretty.
Lots of odd beads from my stash were added via some necklace wire and ear-ring posts.
Anyway, this was the end result…..now all I need to do is find some kind of waterproof coating. It is presently hanging in the conservatory until I can find a cost-effective method.
Art wise, I have spent some time undertaking a person portrait for a change. They do take me a while, the accuracy has to be very great so consequently the initial drawing takes me longer and I tend to spend a while making tiny, tiny adjustments. This was one for a man we know, who has the nickname of Elvis ~ I wonder why?
As a consequence, I now have another request which is currently on the drawing board. She is female and blonde, so a direct in contrast. An obscure fact about my portraits is that I get though two 3 way sharpeners for every one I do! You all really wanted to know that didn’t you?
If anyone has any ideas for recycling, do let me know. It seems a shame that I throw so many away. They are fine for normal pencils afterwards but once they lose that initial edge, they are useless for pastels!
Otherwise, I have been busy working away in the garden painting out there too ~ sadly it was the garden decking and furniture with staining oil! But, it is beginning to look quite cared for out there now. If it ever stops raining, it will be nice to get out there and do some art.
We have been out and about among the downpours and Spring is definitely in the air, if a little on the chilly side. Although, in the south the insects have been early this year, the emergence of ours all seem later than the last couple of years.
Meanwhile, I was kept quite busy this week over on my photography blog ….but, that is a different story. If you have made it here from over there, my apologies if I haven’t got around to visiting you yet…I am working my way through steadily
So with thoughts of Spring (not mentioning mint sauce at all), have a great week everyone.
Posted by Chrissy Marie on April 25, 2012
It has been a while since my last update. I have been busy with a whole bunch of things, trying to reclaim the garden area being top of the list. I finished work two weeks ago and don’t seem to have stopped since. When I have got a bit further ahead, I will post up a progress report…
This piece of art was a recent commission. Toby is a Collie cross German Shepherd with a great expression. I decided to simply use pastels for this one ~ because he has a lovely soft look, I thought pastels would work well for him.
Posted by Chrissy Marie on April 7, 2012
This one was recently completed in Pastels:
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Posted by Chrissy Marie on August 12, 2010