Saturday, 29 December 2012

Merry Christmas from the Studio.

Although, to be fair, not much time has been spent in the Studio for a couple of weeks!  There are more pictures of our Christmas on the Holistic blog  but I had to share this picture of my tree.  I love the red colours, so warm and comforting :D

I have a lot of projects awaiting my attention for the New Year, so I wish you all a happy holiday and prosperous New Year.x

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Etsy Update.

The Fae Babes have now been listed on Etsy Here.

Meanwhile, outside of the Studio I've been working hard to get all the farm animals sorted so that this awful weather doesn't upset them too much.  The goats are getting clean stables and the ponies at my field have been moved to their winter paddocks and I've dug a large ditch around the perimeter of their field shelter.  It was back breaking work, but hopefully the rain will run off and not flood them out!  I normally dig their ditch earlier in the winter, but actually it was easier after already having so much rain, it was like shoveling soup!!!

Back at home I cleared out the greenhouse and have some winter salads sown and I'm hoping for some spinach for Christmas :D  I don't normally grow at this time of the year, so we'll have to see how that goes.

Right, time to feed the soggy wee animals and then it's back to the Studio.  I have some new dolls to make and several paintings on the go!!!  I'm beginning to think I need one of Hermione's time turners to fit it all in :D


Somewhere beneath a mound of fur are my legs, blogging from my bed again!!!  I have all 5 kittens and the dog on me, persuading me to stay with them in the dry, warm cozyness :D (That's Banshee walking towards me, and Tohki's back hiding Fae and Gigi, Finn is beside me.)



Have a lovely and safe weekend dear bloggers.x

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Introducing - Fae Babes


Here is what I've been working on this week while I've been unwell, yet again!!!These little dolls are going to debut at my local Country Park Craft Fair tomorrow, but will most likely end up in the Etsy shop :D

I've had so much fun making them, although on one particular day, when I was well below par I made so many mistakes that the whole lot had to be unpicked and started again.  I also had an awful lot of help from the kittens, who were in fact evicted after Banshee tried to swallow a needle and thread.
It was simply too cold to do much work in the Studio, so I put on the fire and TV and listened to the soothing tones of Nigella Lawson cooing over mountains of butter and cream as she created meals to stop your heart after one bite :D  I adore her style though and can watch her cooking all the time, regardless of how many times I've seen an episode.  I could make a peanut butter cheesecake in my sleep!
The one above a leaf shaped organza skirt and the one below is sporting a very fetching hair band.  These dolls are all hand stitched and the obvious  stitching and flaws are all part of  their charm.
The little Fae below is wearing a scrap of very expensive trim as a shawl and a piece of hand dyed Scrim for her skirt.  I've been trying natural dyes on pieces of fabric and the tea/coffee combination is very effective.
The dolls have different skin tones, which is fun to play with alongside hair and clothing colour combinations.  I have a lot more to make and have some ideas for bigger dolls too.  These measure between 5 and 6inches.

When I have more time, I'll be playing with making wings, carved wooden adornments and some Steampunk themes.  Meanwhile the massive painting continues :D

Saturday, 3 November 2012

New Painting, at last.

I've been very unwell since my last post and finally feel myself returning to normal.  There has been a lot of resting, crochet and sewing, but not much else!

I've decided to return with a bang and this new painting is my biggest ever.  It's so large that it wouldn't fit my easel and is instead propped up on my work table.  It's a bit of a departure again for me, but don't worry, there are a few fairy paintings on their way too.

So here's a little preview and a taste of things to come :D

I hope you are all well, my blogging friends.x

Friday, 5 October 2012

What to do with this?


I've been playing with Manga and Studio ghibli inspired designs all week.  Here is my rough sketch for an idea that literally popped into my head as I was falling asleep one night!  I think the idea of Gigi (cat in the tree) being freaked out was what started my mind off on it's ramblings as she is such a delicate creature!







I love working with chalks and pastels and this was a chance to see what I could do with a black background. I love how it's turned out and have been asked to make some Halloween cards for a couple of people. It's going to be very heavy on the ink, so I'll only make a couple and maybe one or two A4 or A5 size prints. Does that seem like a good idea? I'm not sure as this is just me playing :D
 

















Would you believe there are characters from 6 different movies here??? Not all of them ghibli's (Skelly is from a Tim Burton movie and there is at least one Pokemon there and the two cats are mine :D )  As I said, it's just a bit of fun :D

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Halloween.

The Halloween earrings are finished and now in my Etsy shop Here.
I'm please with how they turned out and had a very happy afternoon watching Harry Potter as I varnished and attached the fixings to them.  Then I had to fight off kittens and dog, who thought they were toys and finally had to give a pair of each to the Moomin so that she could 'model' them for me!  Those photos are to follow :D










Next, I'll be making matching pendants or necklaces as this has been so much fun and I have a hankering to make some shrunken heads, although Moomin says that's gross, haha!

There is a lot happening at the Studio these days and although my painting style is still pretty much the same, I've been playing with Manga designs and have a whole range of paintings/drawings in my head centered around the kittens.

Finn is now almost as big as his Mum and is only 5months old!  The others are growing too, but Banshee (peeping out from behind Gigi) is still teeny, bless her :D

The weather is going to be atrocious tomorrow (apparently) so much work will be done in the Studio and an afternoon watching Kiki's Delivery Service is on the cards.  This is such a beautiful film by the Studio Ghibli and features, of course, a magic black cat called Gigi  :D

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Paranorman.

I'm so looking forward to this movie being released that I just have to shout about it :D



The story will probably be entertaining, but what's got me happy dancing is that it's made by the people who made Coraline. I adore this style of old fashioned, stop frame animation and have spent as much time watching the making of Coraline as I have the actual movie. In another life I'd have loved to have been an animator, but maybe that goes back to playing with dolls which is what this is essentially, only on a massive scale :D

If you check this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGnBT0J5jCs you'll get an idea of why I'm sooo excited!!!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Brimful of inspiration.

London was lovely. There's no other way of putting it! We enjoyed the crowds the sights and most definitely the food in Bella Italia :D I survived the Tube despite my fear of the escalators and we took our time to just simply be in the moment there. I think that's the best approach to London when you're a country mouse at heart, otherwise the intense busy-ness of it all has a danger of overwhelming the timid person.

In Kensington gardens is this famous monument dedicated to J.M.Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan. This is the view most often shown of the statue, but you need to get up close to appreciate the fine details of the figures that surround the base.


The artist was George Frampton and the fairies are typically Victorian with a strong influence by Arthur Rackham.


I love the intimate expression in these faces, little vignettes of captured moments.


This is the dedication plate (click on the image for a closer look). If you get the chance to visit Kensington Gardens, do look for this statue, it's far lovelier than any photo can show.


On another scale entirely is this amazing sculpture of Genghis Khan which sits between Hyde Park and the Marble Arch. I was transfixed by the power and captured energy. The artist wanted to show Genghis Khan as a thinker and not just a warrior and I think he managed to portray exactly that. Sadly, the sculpture is only in place until September, which begins today!!!


London, thank you for the inspiration, I'll be back :D

And in case you're wondering, I'm sat in bed, nursing a steaming mug of Earl Grey, a poorly dog and a kitten with a wasp stung face :(

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Londinium.

Today we're off on an adventure to London and I'm almost hopping with excitement. What a big child I am :D

I haven't been to the Capital for quite a few years and it's going to be so much fun as I'm in charge of the agenda for a change :D We're definitely going to Kensington gardens as I have a deep desire to paint a picture of the Peter Pan fountain. Then it's off to a delightful Italian restaurant that the Moomin has been to and insists we have lunch at. Moomin is a little more travelled and Cosmopolitan than her hippy mama :D

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Halloween.

For once I'm ahead of the game and have turned my thoughts from Summer to Autumn, and in particular, Halloween! I've been making adorable little earrings from polymer clay and I can't wait to get them finished.


They make me smile soooo much, so that has to be a good thing :D


The process hasn't been without a few hiccups, quite literally!!! A pair mysteriously vanished and I hunted high and low, ignoring my gently snoring dog until there was nowhere else to look. Behold, on the laptop just in front of his head was a half eaten earring, complete with a few smudgy nose prints!!! What a norty boy!!!


I'm now making a dozen or so little skull earrings and then I'll be putting them in the Etsy shop :D Lets hope no more are 'sampled' before I can sell them :D

Friday, 24 August 2012

Looking for a title!



Finally this painting is pretty much done, and it's been a tough old journey. I'm not sure why it gave me such a headache, but I think maybe because I didn't focus enough on the layout details I lost my way at the mid point! I suddenly decided to put in a cat to fill the center ground and it all came together. Now a title eludes me, but I have other paintings on the easel and a sculpture to get started, so no time to hang around and ponder :D

The kittens are growing and have been renamed 'Manchee's Minions' as they adore him :D Somewhere under his chin is Fae, who I used for my inspiration in the painting! She seems to have lost her head!!!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Back to the Studio.

Very soon I'll be back to creating in my new studio space. It's been a long and hard process, getting the house studio sorted so that I can then move the outside studio stuff inside to waterproof and insulate it. I have so many projects in my mind and so little time to fit it all in! The photos of the house studio haven't turned out well, but I'll keep trying as I'm so pleased with how my 'Windling' trees have turned out. If you want to check out the original post that inspired me click on this link

http://domythicbliss.blogspot.com/2012/02/windling-trees.html

Now that the holidays are here, I'll have more time to focus on getting it sorted.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

I'm still creating.

I simply adore this little creation and would love to credit the artist, but it's one of those pictures that goes around on the internet and the creator's name gets lost. It's something I want to have a go at when I get the time.



Meanwhile I've been working hard on the garden, which you can read about here, and I've been writing more in my meditation manuals for my courses which will probably start in September now.

I drew this pastel picture quite a few years ago when I first started on a holistic path and I feel that it perfectly sets the mood for meditating.


Sometimes working on my art or my own meditation can be challenging as our household is full of lively kittens, a crazy dog and growing teenagers :D I wouldn't have it any other way, but I do wish I could shoehorn a few extra hours in so that I can get back to painting. Maybe next week, fingers crossed :D

Monday, 28 May 2012

Makeover!

This week the garden Studio gets a thorough makeover. It's time I got back outside where the birds are singing to my Muse. Expect lots of pictures!

I'll be documenting it here and over on the Holistic blog, but the posts may be quite different :D

Sunday, 20 May 2012

New Blog.

I have a new blog where I can talk about all other things going on in my life.  I want to keep the Studio blog simple and use it for my art, but other things are taking off that I would like to share with you all.

Please take a look and let me know what you think.  It's called The Holistic Home and if you click on the words, you'll find yourself there. 

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

WOW!

Well, anything I've been up to lately can wait until tomorrow. First, you simply have to go and check out the amazing news over at Vivian's blog, Dreams of the Dragonfly. Vivian has created the most adorable doll, dressed up and ready to travel the World in true Jet-setter style. I've requested a visit from this gorgeous gal and I'm hoping very soon that she'll hop on a plane and come visit me. I hope she behaves though as she strikes me as a bit of a party animal, haha! I wonder what Merlin will make of her???

Monday, 7 May 2012

Back to normal!!!

Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments on my last post.  I have been resting, but as some of you guessed, I have indeed taken on yet another idea, haha.  I've been studying a herbalism course and have plans to implement my new knowledge with a full herb garden.  Now I just need the weather to oblige!

Also, I've been rather distracted by the imminent arrival of Cotton's first litter.  I was so worried about her as she looked too big to give birth without assistance.  I needn't have worried as she climbed into my wardrobe, unnoticed and quietly got on with it!  The first I knew was when Manchee tried to break down the door!!!  I heard noises from inside and thought it might me a mouse.  Nope!!!
I couldn't be happier that one is ginger :D
The grey dappled one is gorgeous and the black and white has the sweetest face :D
I have been trying to get some work done in the Studio.  I've changed the layout from the original sketch, but prefer the sketched girl to the one in the painting!
She looks older and less cheery! I hope I can remedy that!
The background is shaping up though, and I'm happier with it than I was.

Friday, 27 April 2012

The Little Unicorn - Lost.

My latest picture of the Little Unicorn is all but done now, just some tweaking and then it's ready to go into the Etsy shop.  A story is starting to form here and I'm enjoying working through the ideas in my head.

The weather has forced me to take time off from the Farm and to be honest, I've really needed the break.  Physically I was overdoing it all and my muscles just ran out of energy!


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Lambing and juggling!

Working at the Farm means that I'm having to juggle my time and finances very, very carefully. So far I've not done a great job and both are suffering, but my energy levels have taken the biggest hit.

Yesterday had to be the most tiring so far. I did my work with the ponies and then rushed down to the lambing pen to see if I could be of use. Not having a great deal of experience, I was mostly in danger of getting in everyone's way! I did manage to point out a few ewes that were having difficulties and the experts were there to assist them. It was awe inspiring, but largely chaotic as several ewes all decided to deliver at once some in an alarming fashion. I'll spare you the details!

When peace settled between deliveries, I snapped some pictures.



The large structure in the background is going to be a covered pen for some of the ewes and their lambs next to the visitors picnic area. It's a very beautiful farm :D


Meanwhile, back in the studio the painting continues. I'm not happy with the way the girl's hair blends with the crow's wing, so I'm thinking of a dramatic change!!!


I'm also planning a group of farm pictures to be hung in the Dairy at the Model Farm and the next picture in the Little Unicorn series is taking shape. No wonder I'm tired!!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Weird weather.


Goodness me, but hasn't it been hot lately? The poor animals just don't know what to do with themselves.

Last weekend we went to the beach and Manchee had an incredible time and in fact, so did we, running along the sand and getting thoroughly soaked in the freezing water.


I've been doing a little work for a large estate that has a model farm and is where Merlin's baby is living. The ponies there haven't yet shed their winter coats and the sheep are sweltering in their thick wool, their little lambkins are struggling too in the intense heat!

One tiny lamb was in such a deep sleep that I thought he must be dying, so still was he and not long been born. Poor little thing was roughly woken by me and then his newborn brain thought I must be mama, and he followed me around, ignoring his very cross and disgruntled real mother! Finally I reunited them, but he was still gazing at me as I left the paddock, sigh!

This was one of the first set of twins born, not my baby, but mine was very similar :D


Merlin's baby found it all too much and needed a good long lay down. He barely moved when I crept in next to him and put my arms around his beautiful head and cuddled him tight to me. Love him to bits and I'm so lucky to be spending time with him at such a young age <3


I've been working in the studio too and have started a painting based around the legend of the Morrigan. She is considered a battle Goddess and can appear as a crow. The circle behind her will be a shield to represent the battle and the crow is her familiar. Moomin posed for this picture a long time ago, but only now have I decided how to use it.


I'm using oils for this one and I love the glowing, creamy textures. There's so much to do before it's finished though!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Branching out, or trees on the brain!

On a very wet and misty morning, Manchee and I went for one of our magical walks. We found secret stairways and giant twisty trees, some looming from mist shrouded banks above our heads.


This tree was an absolute giant.


Manchee could stand up in the cavity at it's base and I'm sure I could have squeezed in there too, but it was a bit creepy and imagine that massive trunk suspended over my head. No not for me!


I sat down and played with watercolours when I got home. Throwing a load of paint and salt onto my paper. When it was dry I sketched over it with white pencils and then some acrylic highlights. I'm happy with the result, I'll use it for gift labels and cards.


Then I tackled the sketch of the tiny unicorn. I was going to do this as a watercolour, but instead went for pencils. It's a very long job, filling in each section, smudging and blending and then lifting highlights. But what a way to lose yourself, it's pure and simple fun and the little guy makes me smile so much, he's so like Merlin when he's being cute :D


ps, Happy Mother's Day to all you lovely mummies out there.x

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Commissioned portraits.

A few days ago I was approached by a lady asking me about portraits. I don't think this is something I advertise enough as she wasn't sure if I did them or not. We had a chat and she's going to get back to me with a decision, but it got me thinking.

I enjoy painting commissions for people and especially if they are a loved pet, but sometimes the need to lose myself in a fairy painting takes over and I neglect to talk about this side of my work.

So here are a few pointers to providing good material if you would like a pet portrait. I work from photos of the subject and they need to be a good quality picture. The layout is discussed at length and you would get two chances to make major changes before I commit paint to the picture.

This picture of Manchee is a good example, it's ok, but a little blurry. The pose is nice though, so it could be used as the main layout with other clearer photos used
for details.


This photo is perfect. Manchee's pose is lovely, the background contrasts well with his fur and his expression is lively.


And this is one picfture I may just have to paint, because they look so in love :D