Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Well - goodbye 2016 and hello 2017 - let's hope 2017 is a little kinder than  2016 was, especially to our musicians and performers!

My New Year Resolution? Not got one. But I've decided not to do any more shows. They cost a fortune to attend, you have all the humping of stuff there and back and unless you carry items for £10 or less, you sell very little.

I did about eight shows in all last year - costing over £60.00 a time, counting petrol but not the cost of making my prints and framing them, and I sold very few items and those all in the first two shows.

So, no more - I'm too old and it takes it out of me way too much. But at least I can say I tried!

So I guess I'm still a hobbyist although should anyone knock on my door I won't say no... ;) lol!

I'm a big animal fan (you may have noticed... ;) ) and I'm very happy to say that my Fox drawings have been very popular in a particular Fox-welfare charity auction!

I've sold two prints and a tote bag featuring foxes with 100% of the £25.00 each time going to the National Fox Welfare Society and i have another two waiting to be featured in the January Auction. It makes me very happy if I can drum up these funds to help treat and save these beautiful, abused creatures.

These are the images that sold at the auction. Sorry about the resolution and watermarking - spoils the images somewhat but you can blame the thieves for that.

Why should honest people pay out £25.00 and another, dishonest thief just take  any image they like?

                          This one is  'Reynard'. He's having a bit of a rest.....

                           This is the tote I made - featuring 'Foxy'...

                                ....and this is my 'Vixen and Cub'

My last fox of 2016 is the beautiful Aphrodite, who was saved by a member of the public in a suburban road and was treated and rehabilitated by the NFWS

The NFWS are brilliant - they will supply free treatment for mange and other issues and will trap and transport any injured or sick fox to a vet for treatment and it's all voluntary.

But in case I am appearing to be biased, here's my last drawing of 2016....

                             ......'You mentioned mealworms...? '

See you all again soon (I hope to be better at updating this year now I'm not wasting my time at the shows.)

Just a reminder - any and all of my drawings/paintings are available to purchase. Just either e-mail me or leave me a comm and I'll get back to you!
I am also happy to do Pet Portraits to order.


Sunday, 13 November 2016

Free Copics Giveaway

Copic is running a little giveaway ( it is genuine - I checked!)
Just follow this link and there is a fab 72  Sketch Marker set, in a display box, waiting for someone with the luck of the Irish.
Of course, I'm hoping that will be me... but I don't mind sharing... ;)

Good luck!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Craft Show , South Liverpool, 20th November 2016

Next Craft Show is in Liverpool in November.
I don't do a lot of shows - only four or five a year - as I find them too exhausting at my age.
I still have to work for a living so it's a lot for an old gal ;)

But this is one I'm looking forward to.

Liverpool Cricket Club is an iconic venue with lots of history behind it and is a popular venue for all kinds of events.

The Craft & Design Show clearly think so too!

Please pop over there and have a good look at what is on offer :)
Ei x

Work in progress number 2 ....

Solana - acrylics and mixed media on canvas  60 x 45 cm
(husband likes this one better).

Still working on  this - it is so much nicer in real  life but may morph quite substantially  when I get back to it when it's dry.


Back into painting... ;)

I've been stupidly busy the last few weeks with one thing and another - I think it's called 'life' or something...but I've been busting to paint something all the while I've been stuck with 'real life', so today I did something about it.

I've always messed about with inks (as you can see if you scroll into my archives or look up techniques) and I've always loved the photographs from the Hubble telescope so I think this popping out of my brush might be something to do with that!

I call it 'Nova' - it's just a work in progress at the mo - and it's mainly acrylics on canvas (48 x 48 cm)  but with some multi-media thrown into the mix.  

I'll come back with the finished article once it's dry.
I have another on the go, while I'm waiting for 'Nova' to dry but it's too wet to even photograph at the mo :)

Be back soon!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Tabitha - my lovely old cat.

I did this tonight whilst watching Casualty.
Polychromos and Prisma coloured pencils on Fabriano paper.

It occurred to me that of my pets, my cats are the only ones I haven't drawn and as Tabby was the most recent (sadly passed to Rainbow several years ago now aged about 20) and I found her pic first, I did her.

This was only a quick one - about two hours worth - and probably would have been even better if I'd not been watching tv at the same time...  :D !
But I did enjoy it and tried out new paper and some new pencils too !

Saturday, 17 September 2016

More recent Pet Portraits and paintings...

Up in the loft, I found this little sketch I did of my brother Brian when I was about 15 from an old baby pic of his! :D

And then I did get around to trying to paint.  A friend saw a watercolour of mine and challenged me to paint it in oils. I didn't do the same one but I did this instead! My first oil painting!  I tried 40 odd years ago and didn't get on with the medium but seem to have got the hang of it more now.

 Alaskan Mountain Scene (sold)

....and never a one to waste paint - there was paint left on the pallette so this one appeared!

Fijord  (sold)

This is the one that started it all.
My son asked me to paint our beautiful Liverpool Waterfront for him but he wanted me to leave out the modern buildings.
This I did and painted it in acrylics on canvas - app 36 x 18 inches.

Liverpool Waterfront#1 (gifted)

Liverpool Waterfront #2 (sold)

My neighbour saw Michael's Waterfront painting and asked for one for their son for a 'threshold' birthday. I had TWO WEEKS notice... :O ! 
But I did manage  it with this one.
Watercolours on Bockingford board.
They loved it - said it was exactly what they wanted.
The bug bit.
This next one came hard on the heels of #2!

Liverpool Waterfront#3
Acrylics on canvas

My friend Steve Leonard, takes the most wonderful photos of our Liverpool waterfront and has given me permission to use them as inspiration.  I don't copy them but I do use them as a photo reference for position of buildings etc but I usually use my own colours.

Liverpool Waterfront #4 one such painting.  Acrylic on canvas,  I used one of
 Steve's pics for inspiration but changed the colours to a sky I saw on my way home from work one night. It looked positively bruised and the colours reflected on the river wonderfully!

Liverpool Waterfront #5 (sold)
.....was inspired by someone who asked me for a 'Liverpool Sunset'.
I had to decline and say 'no, I'm sorry I can't do that. I can, however do you a Liverpool sunrise...! '  because the sun doesn't set over Liverpool, it sets over the Wirral! lol!

This is acrylics on Bockingford board.

I love my city, Liverpool, so one or two LiverBirds are de-rigeur! :)
I drew this one in pen on Ryman's card. 

LiverBird #1 
(original sold but Limited Edition Prints available)

LiverBird #2 (prints available)
I drew and painted this from a photo I took of the Liver Birds on our Liver Buildings.  Acrylics on canvas again. I have kept the original for myself!

I was dabbling with my graphic tablet and did a version in digital ink too!
LiverBird #2 (digi version) 
Prints available

We went on holiday to the Isle of Man in 2014 and I found plenty of inspiration there for paintings and drawings.

Sunset over Peel Castle (sold)

Scotland is another firm favourite of mine.  I hope to paint more Scottish scenes very soon - such a beautiful country.
I used watercolours on watercolour paper for these but, sadly, the scanner has leached a lot of the colour from them

Loch Ord

Loch Tummel (Queen's View)

As well as splashing paint and pencil around, I rescue ex-battery hens!
So, of course, I have to draw them, don't I? ;)

Feathered Family 
(original and prints available)

A stylized version in coloured pencil on Artists' Board.

Chicken Family Love
(original and prints available)

Copics on Ryman's card

(prints available)
Watercolour on watercolour card

Rooster Cockburn
(prints available)
Watercolour on watercolour card

Cocky Lochie
(prints available)
Watercolour on watercolour paper

Just because I keep hens, doesn't mean I don't like foxes - I do!

 Vixen & Cub
(prints available)
is made in coloured pencil on artist's paper (can't remember which one).
I have the original myself but Limited Edition Prints  are available)

Perhaps not quite a Pet Portrait but this is my very first Coloured Pencil attempt.
I always thought I was no good with pencils until my son bought me a set of Polychromos. What a revelation! All that time and I thought it was me. It wasn't.  They and Prismacolour pencils are now my mainstay!

(prints available)

Prismas and Polys on goodness-knows what paper - I was only messing with them! lol!
I have a HUGE copy of this in a lovely plain black frame available if anyone would like it - I am keeping the original.

(Polys & Prismas on tinted paper)


Stan the Man
(Polys and Prismas on Artist's Paper)
This cheeky boy is one of my favourites but sadly, the scanner has done it's leaching job again.

Scamp & Scout
(two more Jack Russells!)
Poly's and Prismas on Artist's paper.

And I don't just do dogs - meet Pixie!

(Polys and Prismas on Artist's Paper)

And there can be no show without Draca, my alter ego ;)
Original sold but Limited Edition Prints available.

As I come across more, I'll upload them. Always got more ideas in my head!