Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Hopefully when I post again they will be looking very much better.
Friday, January 25, 2008
You can bid for the cat here.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
We were really pleased when he won his class and then got Reserve Best Rough Collie Dog in Show.
When I came home I finished painting my meerkat. I enjoyed the acrylic although I have a canvas drawn out to give oils another go.
I do intend to do a larger painting of meerkats, I find their funny little faces very appealing.
And yes, it is still raining.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
And still it rains here in Yorkshire. My favourite walk is the 'stoat walk' (I call it that, because I sometimes see stoats at various points on it) but there is a dip in the lane just before it crosses the canal. This morning there was a lake in the dip, I sent Clinton ahead, but when the water started to reach his chest I called him back and we returned home. Trying to keep Juno's whites white for his show tomorrow is a little difficult to put it mildly.
At least it is good painting weather.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
This ACEO is listed on eBay , it is now SOLD
Last night we were burgled, how could that happen with the canine gang, well I asked the said gang the same question.
We heard Rio start to give little wuffs about 2.15am, husband shouted at him, Rio carried on, husband got up and looked out the back windows, saw nothing so shouted louder. Two minutes later Clinton who sleeps in our bedroom started to growl, I got up this time and looked out the front window in time to see a car pulling away down the road. Eldest son collided with me as he had also woken up and seen someone creeping down the drive.
The front door had been opened, Roxie who sleeps behind the door had obviously welcomed the intruder with plenty of tail wagging, but Clinton and Rio had frightened them off. Tonight the door will be locked and Roxie will change sleeping places with Juno, who will definitely not welcome univited guests. Unfortunately he had been sleeping in the conservatory and missed the excitement, the other dogs had obviously told him about it though because he has been practicing barking all day today.
The thieves took a case of wine, a case of lager and a brand new drill from the garage, all I can say is I hope they have a headache.
Friday, January 11, 2008
I've also created another ACEO, a tiger but this time on drafting film.
The rain is continuing, leading to web foot syndrome among the dogs again, even the squirrels need waders to get to the nuts. The circular stones which form a path across my garden have been transformed into miniature bird baths and the pond has overflowed into the surrounding borders. I was reminded of the Amazon when I noticed my fish could now swim among the plants, I expect if it rains for much longer they'll probably be able to make it to the Amazon.
My friend recently tried to contact me on my mobile, which was as usual switched off. If I leave it on then I forget about it, and it either rings in the middle of important meetings or the battery runs down in the middle of the night. I'm not sure why batteries always expire in the middle of the night, I think they must work to the same timetable as in whelp bitches!. Anyway Clinton is terrified of the bleeping noise expiring batteries make, as soon as the first bleep happens he comes to me to be saved. This involves him jumping on the bed and wrapping himself round my head. Even when I stagger out of bed, find the phone and turn it off, the damage is done for that night. He insists that if he doesn't remain wrapped round my head, something on the floor will get him and he wont make it through the night. After about half an hour of large, heavy, very hairy male Collie round my nose I wonder if I will make it till morning, so that is why my mobile is never turned on.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
The main paper supports I use are Arches Hot Press watercolour paper for coloured pencil and Mellotex for graphite.
Arches - this is a lovely smooth paper which takes a lot of layers but is a creamy rather than white colour. The paper is acid and chlorine free and available in 3 finishes, not, hot pressed and rough. I only ever use the hot pressed as I need a smooth finish.
Mellotex - this is a printers paper, very smooth, available in several weights and three different whites. As with Arches it is an archival, acid free paper. I understand it is only available in the UK.
I use the heavier weights in the ultra white as I like to leave the white of the paper for the background in graphite pieces.
I sometimes use coloured paper like Ingres or Mi Tientes, these are not as heavy as they are primarily pastel papers, so will not take as many layers.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
I'm going to try to produce at least one small work a week and at least 18 larger pieces over the year so at least I've made a start.
I'm going to continue my art material series over the next couple of days before I return to the dreaded 'day job' on Monday.