Friday, 4 August 2017

Friday update

After two weeks of struggling to get to my paints, I have finally managed :)

So, what's on my desk today?

A lot of incomplete work.  
I can't layer too much acrylic on to the slate with out it completely drying and hardening 
otherwise it lifts off the paint below.
I also get bored painting the same creatures so I thought I'd play with something different....
but of course, I return back to my favourite :)

Friday, 28 July 2017

Now for something quite different on my desk!

 I opened box today - a special delivery..... 
I knew what it was, but nothing prepared me for how excited I was going to be!

Lots and lots of flyers inviting folk to our
Did I mention squeeeeeee?

No ? 
ok here goes.....

Monday, 24 July 2017

Off to his new home

Just returned from the Post Office having sent 'Riley' home.
He is a shy and sensitive fellow and hopefully I have managed to capture that in his face.
The day I took these photos, the sun was shining brilliantly and it has 'flattened' out Riley's subtle coffee and cream colouring. 
I shall miss having him watch over me while I paint other dogs, but I am glad he is on his way.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Well, it was sunny a day or two ago :)

It isn't now though - 
Doesn't matter coz this fellow will always be sitting in a meadow 
bathed in sunlight..

Just waiting for him to fully harden 
then I can give him his final protective coating.
I am sure it it time for a cup of tea before I reach for my next piece of slate :)

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

What a wet day....

All studio staff* are taking their duties seriously......
It is lashing it down outside - it is a too dark to paint by natural light 
and my 'daylight' lamp is just a bit too bright. 
Hmm, may have to resort to putting the kettle on, that usually helps :)

*I really must find a better way to stash my drying slates, 
I am sure the cats are fed up with sharing their 'nests' with them :)

Saturday, 8 July 2017

what's on my desk today?

Been a busy few weeks.

Just had the nod of approval for 2 more slates, 
looks like I will continue to be busy. 

Happy happy!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Stop motion of a chocolate Labrador

My latest completed work, when you watch through, 
you will notice about 2/3rds way through 
 the dog suddenly develops a white eye patch on her left eye.
I'd stared at the dog for ages knowing that 'something was not quite right' 
when it suddenly dawned on me - the left eye was marginally too low.

So, remedial action was taken and the eye was 'lifted'. Happy now :)

Thursday, 22 June 2017

All is revealed !

As promised,
I have turned the slate over,
the gift has been given,
you can now see who was hiding on the other side....

meet Cassie :)

And the recipient was delighted (if not a little emotional)
so I am happy too :)

on to the next one....

And if you like what you are seeing,
why don't you become a follow and keep up to date with paintings as they appear.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Latest commission - but shsh - can't tell you!

Been quietly working - on a hush hush project.

A birthday gift, can't show it just yet....
but will do :)

Soon. Until then, you just get to see the back!
In the mean time - the next two commissions call.

Been busy selecting slates, washing them and removing any loose flakes of stone.

Now, sitting in the sun, they are drying and feel warm and tactile under my hand.

Strangely the old reclaimed slate is far far warmer to the touch compared to the modern cut.

Can't wait to get stuck into the next paintings.

HaPpY MonDaY!!!

Bring it on :) 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Procrastination (with coffee)

While the rain lashes down outside,
while I drink coffee and listen to the radio,
I watch a soggy starling trying to build its nest.

Best get on, must finish this lot before sending off to become cards :)
What are you doing on this rather damp day?

Monday, 5 June 2017

Progress so far ....

Nearly finished, a few more whiskers here, 
a few more hairs there.
Then a final protective coating of varnish, 
a twisted jute cord to hang from,
then these three can go home :)

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

One Two Three

On my desk today, 
two border collies and a cat.

Sitting staring at me,
the dogs ready for a walk,
all waiting for the next step.

On rescued slate - approximately 200 years old.

I love that thought.

200 year old slate and I get to paint on it. Now that can't be bad :)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

what's on my desk today?

 A bit of a scamp appeared on my paper today.
A quick moving, bright eyed and certainly bushy tailed red squirrel.

Such a scallywag!
She better be careful -
Raf is behind her.
Still have to complete my little squirrel,
just have to stop her bustling about :)

Two more designs for my cards - Raf the fox and Emma the red squirrel.

A little while ago, I mentioned I was getting involved in an art event,
well, it has been kickstart and things are really happening -
how exciting!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Things are not always black and white ...

Playing around with another card design,
wondering if Brock is just sniffing the air,
sniffing bracken.

There is still time decide, 
Brock needs a bit more work,
then he'll let me know.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Watercolour designs for cards

Finally a gap in the commissions,
time to continue with the card designs.
Need to do more,
so best 'get to it'!
 But first....
Put the kettle on,
I need a mug of tea :)

Friday, 12 May 2017

What's on my desk today? Well I'm certainly feeling puffed!!

Sea parrot, Coulter neb,
Ploughshare beak,
Nath, Pope, Popey duck,
Nori, Tammie norrie
Gavot de bec de Tomaquet, 

Clown of the sea.

Makes me smile every time:)
Just need to finish him, let the paints harden and then he can be varnished -


where did I put my paintbrushes?
I have a painting mojo going on and it seems silly to waste it!!

Thursday, 11 May 2017


This cat is now finished and in the safe hands of the client,
ready to be wrapped and gifted on Friday.
This cat has had a mind of its own since the first brush stroke.
Quite a character! 
Got there in the end :)

Now, I shall have a lie down in a dark corner,
to recover,
then ...what then?

I already have something on my desk to share with you -
however, that will be for Friday,
until then :)

Monday, 8 May 2017

Following a process


Selecting the slate
Checking for fractures and flakes

 Drawing out guidelines
Initial sketches
Getting the client's approval
Base coat - white, following the muscle lines... 
Following the lines of the fur
Allowing to dry
The first of many coloured layers
Each one tracing the line of the muscle
the line of the fur ....
Layers and layers
Each forming more and more structure
The cat starts to 'appear' 
Then the eyes,
the eyes have to be correct.
If they are not - there is no point going on.

You may have noticed the cat's left paw has moved.
They do that, cats, they move until they are comfortable.
They do that on slate too.
In fact most of my painted animals move half way through,
they want to be more comfortable.
I have to go with that.