Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Black Cat Finished

I think I might do a dog on black, it's a long time since I did a dog.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Black Cat continued

Almost there, a couple more hours to the finish.

Yesterday I went to pick some Bilberries which grow on the edge of the moor. It's been a good crop this year with plenty of sun and rain to encourage growth.
Some of the larger ones are now very squishy, you touch them and they explode in a purple red mess. After a few minutes I looked like I'd been the victim of some horrible crime, even worse Roxie and Clinton had been helping so they had red stains all the way up their white legs. Walking back to the car we met a party of walkers who took one look and increased their walking speed.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Work on Black

I've been working on black paper in watercolour and coloured pencil.

First a small one, ACEO size 2.5 x 3.5 inches, then I started a 4 x 6, guess what they are both cats.
I'm going to Canada in a couple of weeks and discovered today that the flights have changed I now only have just over an hour to transfer flights at Heathrow. Somehow I don't think I can manage that, especially as I have to reclaim my luggage and transfer it to the Vancouver flight. Fortunately I have managed to arrange an earlier flight from Manchester, I now leave at 6.30am rather than 8.30 am, I'm just wondering if can stay semi asleep!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Watercolour Cat Continued

I'm still enjoying the watercolour and still hoping to get this done in time for the SOFA exhibition.
For the third year running one of my paintings has been included in the SOFA brochure, this year it's 'Moody Blue'. My friend Katherine has gone one better and had her painting included on the front page.
Here's the link to the post Katherine wrote about the 2009 SOFA exhibition.
"Meet the Kittens" on the SOFA front cover

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Full Moon Cat

To bid click here.
I decided to do something that was fun, this is Full Moon Cat, coloured pencil and watercolour on Pastelmat, it's 7 x 9 inches.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Christie's on the iPhone

We bought my younger son an iPhone for his birthday in the hope that he'll keep in touch when he starts studying medicine in London later this year.
I knew he had a lot of applications on it and have been quite impressed with one or two of them.
Last night he showed me that Christie's Auction House now have a free application available.
It's pretty amazing as it features catalogues with high quality images. I looked at several pieces of artwork and was able to rotate them and zoom in without losing detail. It also gives an estimate of what the piece is likely to bring at auction.
Eventually they hope you will be able to bid at auction using the phone.

Link:- Christie's iPhone Application

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Watercolour Tabby Cat Continued

I'm finding that using watercolour is adding a softness to my fur, probably because the strokes are less defined.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tabby Cat and Robin

I've continued to work on my Robin and started what will probably be my lkast cat for this years SOFA exhibition.
Both pieces are watercolour, including watercolour pencils and both are around 12 x 16 on Arches paper.

Monday, July 13, 2009

National Exhibition of Wildlife Art - NEWA

The NEWA Exhibition takes place from Friday 17/07 to Sunday 02/08 at the Gordale Garden Centre on the Wirral

The list of selected artists is here, and the online gallery will be available to view from Friday (17th).
Two of my pieces have been selected, 'Hidden' (Mallard) and 'Intensity', it is a real high when you open the envelope and see that you have been listed as a selected artist.
If you like wildlife art and live near enough to visit then there is something for everyone at the exhibition. The online gallery is excellent for those that can't visit, the images are a nice size and the details are clear.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Robin in Watercolour

The mallard was completed and delivered to NEWA, it's now a matter of waiting to see if it gets selected for the exhibition.
Following completion of the Mallard I've started a Robin in watercolour. This time I'm going to paint in some branches, fading them out towards the edges and leave the rest of the background white.
This is only part of the painting, the part that fit on my scanner.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Female Mallard

Back to the Mallard, just the bottom right to finish and a little tweaking.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Fox Finally Finished

Apart from a few tweaks that is.

Now I need to finish the Mallard, I have three days and I'm working two of them.

Thursday, July 02, 2009