Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
To be continued.....................
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
My 2007 Christmas card is heading for 2008 if I keep getting distracted.
Friday, November 23, 2007
The other cat is mainly coloured pencil with touches of acrylic, I'm still thinking about how I'm going to do the reflection.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Here's what I drew plus a bit more that I added yesterday.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
If you are interested the only place that I know to purchase Ivorine is from Polymers Plus, they are very helpful and have an excellent mail order service.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
The masquepen is an applicator for applying blue masking fluid. The applicator end has a 0.5mm nib for drawing really fine lines.I'm going to experiment tomorrow and will post the results.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
However here are a few more photographs from my holiday, all the animals are wild, in their natural settings.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Out of Sight
Back in April I submitted work to be considered for inclusion in the Brochure and Private View Invitation, and am delighted to be able to tell you that Shades of Grey was selected.
The official opening is on the 4th of September and David Grant the celebrity vet will be doing the honours.
If you are in the London area and like Feline Art I can highly recommend a visit to the gallery.
On a completely separate note, we visited the National Museum of Wildlife Art at Jackson Hole, Wyoming whilst on holiday, this will form my blog post for tomorrow.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
One of the best bits was meeting a cyber friend and her dog, we had a lovely chat but didn't get to spend long enough together.
The journey home from Hawaii was trouble free, but long and boring, leaving me achieving very little today.
The house survived as did my eldest son although both looked a little rumpled round the edges. He got his A level results last week and will be going to University in Septemeber. My youngest son got his GCSE results today and I have to do a little parental bragging, he got 4 grade A's and 7 A*'s.
I took hundreds of photographs and although not lucky enough to see a wild bear, I did see many other species of wild animals including a wolf, coyote, grey fox, moose, elk, racoon, and several others. Most will feature in my future work.
I will leave you with a photograph of Mount Ranier until tomorrow when I will share my news about the Society of Feline Artists 12th Exhibition.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I had my first stall at a cat show which went really well. I have now applied to exhibit at two more, one being the Supreme cat show at the NEC, so I need to concentrate on drawing as many different breeds as possible.
I have until November for the Supreme cat show but only September for the other one.
I'm now going on my holidays, my first visit to Canada and the USA so there will be no further updates until the 22/08.
I'll leave you with my latest update on Shred the Norwegian Forest Cat.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Last weekend I attended my second workshop held by Mike Sibley. This time we were studying mist, water and reflections, it was a great two days of which I will write more later.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Mike is well known worldwide for his graphite drawings of dogs, his drawings are simply stunning. If you're not familiar with his work have a look at his website.
To illustrate looking rather than seeing, the first exercise we did was to draw four objects from memory, there was much scratching of heads as we tried to remember the key pointers of rock, bark, leaf and feather. We then studied the objects and had another go, everyone's second drawing was much better than the first.
We then spent time looking at negetive drawing. I knew the theory and have even tried this in the past but it all fell into place once I'd watched Mike's various demonstrations.
On the second afternoon and day 3 we all started work on a line drawing Mike handed out. I can honestly say all 12 versions turned out differently, although non of us managed to complete very much.
Here's mine, I do intend to finish it, I'm just not sure when at the moment.
It was a fantastic 3 days, talking art with other like minded individuals and best of all learning from a true master at his craft.
Thank you Mike.
Friday, June 08, 2007
The Fine Line Artists Exhibition is now on at the Jitterbug Cafe & Roasting Co. for more details and to see the artwork on display have a look at the Exhibition page on the Fine Line Artists website.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
The ring itself had very long grass at the edges and as Juno was in a big class we spent quite a long time stood in it. Juno became convinced that there were 'things' moving about down there. He was so fascinated that he could not be convinced that he ought to have his nose up and tail down, so he moved with his nose down and tail up. The beautiful Briard bitch in the next ring also contributed to his tail carriage, he might have impressed her but sadly didn't do the same for our judge.
Roxie did better and gained a place in her class, but she was also interested in what might be hiding in the grass. She thought there might be snakes, and used that as her excuse for only having one leg on the ground at a time.
Please all cross your fingers for better weather next weekend!
Now to share progress on my cat, it is going well although I still need to make the fur a little more apricot, it is a bit harsh in some places yet.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
I have realised just how much the eye can deceive when trying to decide which pencil or paint to use for the local colour. To try to be more accurate I have used various methods to establish the colour. I will only share one of these, as the others are even sillier than this one.
While drawing a Rough Collie in pastel I have been known to take the painting and hold my own Collies fur against the board. Now nice tempered though my dogs are, this does not come on their list of 'what shall we do today'. They usually struggle which results in the said fur being left all over the painting. All I will say in conclusion is be very careful how you try to remove dog fur from pastel.
However on a recent visit to the local DIY store I spotted the answer to all my problems. There, sitting quietly in a display cabinet was a rainbow of colours, the paint sample cards.
I released several of these into my custody, then went back and obtained several more. The samples are free and looking at the amount thrown onto the floor the ones I took had moved onto a better life.
They are perfect, I punched a hole in the side of each colour and now I can place the little strip over whatever reference I'm using. This can be a photograph, or my dogs or the grass outside, the possibilities are endless.
Here are a few of the ones I've been using to look at the colours in this cat.So, that's how house paint can help in the creation of your next painting.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
The grey squirrel hasn't been back to visit for a few days so I was pleased to see two of the young yesterday. One was really athletic and ran up and down our two silver birches, jumping easily from one to the other. The other plodded up the tree realised the gap was too wide for a jump and sort of slithered back to ground level, crept across the lawn pretending it wasn't really there and struggled up the other tree. Obviously tired it then sat there for the next hour while it's sibling played at teasing the dogs, running about and stopping frequently to swear at them. I could see that it's mother had taught it well.
I have bought some of the new Derwent tinted graphite pencils so will hopefully be able to share with you what they are like to use.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
The dogs are all as mad as ever, although over the last couple of months we have noticed Saska is really showing signs of old age. On wakening from a deep sleep she often doesn't recognise us for a couple of seconds and does her best guard dog routine. But she still enjoys her walks and chasing her ball, sometimes now though she lets one of the others bring it back, she tells us she's training them in the art of retrieve.
Roxy got her first rosette at a Championship show last Sunday, she is starting to look a little bit more mature. Sadly Rio is quite small still and we do wonder if he is going to grow large enough to be shown. He isn't worried though, and likes staying at home with my sons, who spoil him when Roxy is away.