Thursday, 24 March 2016

Artisan Market at Sefton Park Palm House

I have been invited to take a table at this prestigious Artisan Market!
This is a lovely (if daunting...!) turn of events as I'm not sure I have enough work to sell there at the present - I'm off to my printers this afternoon to order some prints of my paintings!

Scarey or what! :O

But I need to do this - I need to rake the plunge and see if those people who say such nice things about my work, actually put their money where their mouths are!  I sincerely hope they do or I'm in for an expensive time! lol!  is the link and it's on 9th & 10th of April at the Palm House in Sefton Park in Liverpool.

It's a beautiful setting and there will be lots of other things there,  foods -   both ethnic and plain good English -  and so much more - best look on the link for all the scrummy things that have been there in previous years.

I hope to sell at least a couple of paintings or prints, to at least pay for the day.

I'm heartened by the swift sale of my last three paintings , which sold on first airing - I wasn't even trying to sell them! May their sisters, brothers and offspring follow suit!

I just finished my latest Liverpool Waterfront so prints of that will be available on the day.

If anyone is interested in any of my work, let me know and I'll make sure there is something put aside for you.

Officially terrified now.......

Ei x

New Start In Art

Been so busy with family and work the last few months, not had much time to craft but what I have found is my interest turning back to my Art roots.

I've always loved to paint and draw but never had much confidence in it but my recent forays into oil painting has re-kindled my interest in trying to make art I'm more confident with.

I live in a city, so not much landscaping to paint you would think but to be honest, that's not strictly true.

Liverpool might be a city but she is an interesting and very beautiful one and I've taken to painting the waterfront since my son Michael asked me to paint it for his own home.

This was the first ever waterfront painting I did and it took me a couple of weeks as I was restricted to the conservatory where it can be extremes of heat and cold and light and dark.

I didn't really do much more in the way of painting for a while but was challenged by a friend to try oil-painting.

Now, I've not used oils for over 45 years - I didn't make  good job of them - or so I thought - so in the box they remained.

Those same oils came back out the box for an airing! lol! 45 years old!

I was quite chuffed with this for a first attempt, especially with elderly oils!

I had paint left on my pallette I didn't want to waste so I also popped this one out....

....and by this time I was hooked.

I don't have a lot of spare time, between my family, my hens, my dogs and my job but what time I do have, I'm almost always drawing or something.

I was then asked by a neighbour to paint a special Liverpool scene for their nephew's 'special' birthday (40 I think!) but I had only 2 weeks from request to delivery! Aaaarrrrghhh...!

Cost a lot to frame as the Bockingford landscape pad  I used was not a standard frame size but my neighbours were ecstatic with it so all was well.

But I thought that acrylics would possibly give a different result so in the next couple of weeks I did this one.....

Somebody on my Facebook page immediately asked to buy it but has yet to pick it up.

In the next weeks, my imagination was piqued every time I saw a photo of my city - I wanted to paint them all! It's amazing how the same view is transformed indefatigueably by light conditions!   

I was also, during this time, experimenting with coloured pencils, a medium I'd not really used since school, once again thinking I was no good with them, but I discovered the amazing world of Prismacolour and Polychromo coloured pencils - an entirely different animal to school or Crayola! Not that Crayola aren't good for what they cost - they are indeed but it's worth spending out on the better quality pencils.

I love big cats and have drawn a couple in the past but not in coloured pencils, so I had a go with my new 'posh' ones....

...and on a lighter note you will have already seen my 'Chicken Chronicles' but here they are again!

I want to do some of my own hens, when I get a minute, but at present, it's dark by the time I sit down in peace!  I will do it though!

Going back to my Liverpool theme, most people will be familiar with the Liver Birds. They are a great favourite with me - right up there with dragons!

These are my main Liver Birds - working on others and have also painted the last one in acrylics on canvas.

I did do a watercolour one on card but it was more of an experiment and not sure I pulled it off that time.

I have some super photos I've taken of Liverpool so have many more possibilities for paintings and multi-media work - just need some time now ;) !


Lots going on at Chez Eiglas... ;)

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