Saturday, 21 December 2013

Solstice Blessings.

Solstice Blessings to all of my lovely friends in Blogland :D

I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted on my blog!!! I've not been idle though, I had a big Fayre in November and produced the following paintings as prints and cards. They went down well :D


The kitties sold very well as little wall hangings :D

Meanwhile, we had to take the decision to move Bo from his rented yard to our little field.  There were many pros and cons and despite the peace of this picture, it didn't last long!  There were long stressy fights, even though Bo wasn't actually in with the other two, they fought over the fence and I was fearful for them all.  After two weeks, balance (and my sanity) was restored, so fingers crossed it continues!!!
Daily walks with Manchee were brought to a halt when he cut open his foot and it simply wouldn't heal.  Finally after three loooong weeks, he's allowed back out, but not the woods where he cut himself!
While the weather has become colder and wetter, I've tucked myself up in the warm making Christmas ornaments, although, I have to say that a Gnome is for life, and not just for Christmas :D
With this in mind, more of these little guys will be finding their way into my shop in the next few weeks :D
I also made a cute little polar bear, but feel he needs brightening up a little!
Christmas is just a few days away, so I'll be sharing more pictures of the decorations and my lovely, new to me, dresser :D I found it a few weeks ago in a junk shop, it was tatty and dirty, but after some sanding, it is much improved.  It looks like it has always been in my kitchen <3 br="">

Saturday, 9 November 2013

New projects and changing styles.

I have several different methods when it comes to painting, but I hope overall that my own style still manages to show through! For this painting I used acrylic and my 'throw it all on the canvas' technique. I love this wild messy approach and only discovered it was possible with acrylic this year!
Creating splashy runs in acrylic is possible by throwing white spirit at the canvas in much the same way that you can put salt on watercolour to produce back runs and little halos of colour.  The acrylic isn't as reactive though and it has taken a lot of practice before anything looks the way I want it to.
It is fun though and I love the effect at the left side of the picture below.  It doesn't always dry like this though, so there is an element of doubt/worry/surpise using this method :D
Once the paint was dry, I then went in with tighter brush strokes and defined the images. 
I wanted the horse's eye to overlap that of the girl as this is the point of her third eye and was an image that came to me during a Reiki Meditation.
Finally more details were added and the extra horse eyes were included as this is most definitely a painting for spirit horses.  Those from the past, present and future who have need of healing. This is the first of many that will be for a special project I'm working on.  I'm pretty excited :D


The new painting on my easel is back to using watercolour.  Originally the figures were going to be set against a city backdrop, but I hated the weight of the buildings, so I traced my original drawing and started again.  I may come back to the cityscape when I've resolved my issues with oppressive buildings, lol!
I thought I'd share the chaos that is my studio!  It needs a darned good tidy up, that's for sure! In the background you can see the latest painting with the new backdrop, also, my rather large sculpture of Jack the Pumpkin King, still waiting to be painted.  My chair was occupied by Gigi, so I resorted to drawing my new pictures (two more on the go!) whilst sat on the floor.  The light is so good in this room, that I may never move back to the outside Studio!!!
I love my 'new to me' chair.  It's in a perfect spot to watch the kitties chasing dragonflies and fishing in the pond (top left corner).  My garden is rather jungle like at the moment :D

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Playing with mucky water!

Sometimes I get very picky and my paintings get really tight and cluttered with details. That's the time I need to stop and throw some inky water around. There is still a tendency to try to control it, but then I end up with a plain black canvas or board!!!
I didn't do too much to this one, just let some of the ink run and then I sprayed on a little water and added salt, which works as well with ink as with watercolour!  Who knew???
This one ended up totally black at one point, but a few dabs with a tissue and some salt thrown on saved it.  I have no idea what will happen with these or how long it will take for inspiration to hit me, but I had a lot of messy fun and it's a good way to break out of a rut!
However, going back to tight detail for a moment, I've finished my little Steampunk Seahorse and he is currently residing in my website shop.  It's easy to purchase from it if you have paypal and you can find it here.
Tomorrow I'll be back to normal painting as I have a few horse portraits to tackle, plus some new paintings for the upcoming Witches Fair :D

Monday, 7 October 2013

Glastonbury Wytches Market

The Market on Saturday was tremendous fun and I was happy with my new look stall.  The layout seemed to work for the visitors too, as I had lots of people stop and chat and I must say a huge thank you to everyone who bought pictures and gifts from me.

I'm always amazed at how the hall can start off so empty and plain but a short time later, take on the feel of a  magical marketplace. I had the chance to meet up with stall holder friends from the last market, and make a few more this time around. Surprisingly, none of the Dragon bottles sold, so I have some of those to list in one of my shops.  The question is, which shop???  The Etsy shop or my website?

I have to say that I returned home with a good deal of gratitude, mainly because my car made it back safely.  The poor old thing is acting quite tired these days!!!  I was also glad to get back to my dear pony Toffee, who has been extremely ill over the last couple of weeks.  He seems to be turning the corner now, but I'll tell more of his story on the Holistic blog.

I have a few days of sorting stock and pulling together my rather untidy house before cracking on with a new set of paintings.  I also have a very large sculpting project on the go and I have to find the time to finish off  this rather tricky fellow before my next Market which is on 16th November in a little place called Bedhampton.


Sunday, 29 September 2013

Dragon/Witch bottles

Just lately I've been preparing for the Glastonbury Wytches Market, which takes place next Saturday, the 5th in the Town Hall. This means that I've been making various things that I wouldn't normally do and I've been having a ball :D- These are my Dragon bottles, based around the old practice of making a Witch bottle to protect your home. This picture was taken before baking and sadly the little red dragon didn't survive!!!
This is a close up of one of the golden dragons. The process goes through several stages, making, baking and then careful preparation of the spell to go inside, this includes a combination of herbs from my garden and several corresponding crystals.  The spell is then sealed inside with a generous amount of Reiki for healing, love and luck. They measure about 2inches high, so are really cute :D
They will possibly go in the shop when I get back, but if you're coming to the Market, grab one at a discounted price as I won't have to charge postage and packing :D

Monday, 9 September 2013

A very busy Summer.

The blog title says it all really! Here are a few things I've been working on over the Summer. Little Witchy bodies

almost finished, they just need baking along with a whole batch of earrings, pumpkins and skellys.

I've invested in some proper cards to mount the earrings on.  I'm easily pleased :D


Leave your broomstick in the bucket by the door :D

I took a much needed break to go and visit some adorable Hanoverian babies.  These youngsters are only 4 months old and are already bigger than my baby Bo!!!  This is my friend who has bought one!  I was sorely tempted, but instead took lots of photos for future paintings.

My most recent project has been painting miniature pictures to go in these tiny pendants.  They measure 25mm x 18mm, so I have quite a headache today! 
I've finally opened a shop in my website and you can find these pendants and many other things by following this link

http://www.oakmoonstudio.com/page6.htm

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Another needle felt creature.

This little guy is loosely based on my little ginger cat, Finnbarr. He was asleep nearby and I simply copied the patterns of his gorgeous orange coat.

I was pleased with the eyes, but didn't copy Finn's faithfully as his are as dark orange as his fur! This little one measures only 4inches high and has gone off to the Rare breeds show for the Exhibition along with the Donkey.
I think I may take a sculpting break for the weekend and focus on some crochet instead.  Plus my garden is needing a lot more of my time as my beans, tomatoes and courgettes are all growing like crazy :D

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

A needle felting break.

It's been an exhausting few weeks here at the Studio, so I took a break from painting and planting to do some needle felting. The sketch for this little guy has been on the back of an envelope tucked into my wool box for a few years and when tidying the Studio I found it and finally decided to make him.
He is made from local Southdowns wool covered with coloured soft Merino.
On his rump is my Oakmoon felting logo :D  He is off this week to a wool Exhibition at the Weald and Downland open air museum and then he'll be heading straight for my Etsy shop :D
What shall I make next?  I have a hankering for a Unicorn, having made a couple many years ago, or maybe Pegasus.....  It's the only way to work in this heat, stay inside in the cool and stab wool with sharp needles :D

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Glastonbury Wytches Market.

Finally, here are the pictures from my recent trip to Glastonbury and the Wytches Market. I had such a lovely day, despite getting up at 4am only to have the dog run off for a quick jaunt around the village. He came back just as we were about to set off at 5am, thankfully, but it was a scare I could have done without!!!

The hall started out looking so bare and ordinary.  It was fascinating watching the stalls grow and come to life with everyone's products.  Moomin came along to help and was great company. 
The stall looked nice enough, but next time I plan to have a more eye catching display.
There was a steady stream of visitors, despite the music festival nearby.  I was hoping maybe the Rolling Stones or Mumford and Sons might pop in for a chat and a cuppa!!! Apparently they were busy doing other things :D
I nearly didn't include this one of me, as I look so awkward in front of my stall, hehe!
This is my latest painting, and I have to say it's one of my favourites so far. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process from sketch to painting. Shall I share the 'in-progress' pictures???

It's taken a while to recover from the whole experience, and I've been working in the garden for the other half of my business on the Holistic side. I now have a very respectable herb and vegetable bed, as I was running out of room in the back garden. I'm doing a certified course in herbalism at the moment and need somewhere for my medicinal herbs. I've posted a couple of pictures of it in the 'other' blog :D

I'll be updating my Etsy shop over the weekend and I also have some very neat little sculptures that I'll be working on too, so watch this space. I hope the weather is kind to you, wherever you are, it's totally scorchio here in Southern England at the moment!!!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Word sketch - monthly.

I'm going to move the word sketch to a monthly meme, as I'm so totally inundated with work at the moment I'm not giving it my full attention.  So the next one will be on the 5th August and the word is Spiral, that should get us all thinking :D

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Word sketch - Fire

Here it is at last, Monday's Linky for the word Fire.





And here is my little contribution :D


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Over worked!!!

I've had to take a break from the sketches this week as I've been totally swamped with work for my very first Wytches Market in Glastonbury on Saturday. I'm so excited to be going, but so much has to be prepared and brought together to make my stall look interesting and hopefully show off my paintings to their best. I've bought new fabric for the table, the display stands have all been repainted and I've had to cobble together some kind of outfit as many of the stall holders dress up. I bought a lovely skirt for the event, but sadly it was way too tight!!! By the next event I'll have made something suitable, stay tuned :D So, next weeks word will be FIRE and I'll try to get the Linky up on Sunday night if I'm not too tired. All newcomers are most welcome and it will be good to get this going a little better once I have more time to deal with it. Right now, it's back to the grindstone. Have a lovely week all.x

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Word Sketch - Heart

I'll post my sketch later, but here is the Linky for anyone taking part :D

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Last weeks word, oops!

I forgot to post up last weeks word, so lets make it an easy one, how about 'heart'. I've already got a couple of ideas, happy sketching :D

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Word Sketch - Circus

I've been playing with pictures of Trapeze artists and it's taking me in all sorts of directions.  This is my favourite and I think it will become a painting, maybe the next one.

So, it's a day late but here's the Linky to share your circus pictures.



Also this week I've been working on my painting of Nimue who was consort/apprentice to the great Mage Merlin.  I call him Mage as Wizard seems a bit too Disney!!!  There are so many stories surrounding the relationship between Merlin and Nimue, some that they were lovers and others tell of her learning all she could from him before imprisoning him in a tree or cave.  I've simply painted her with his book of spells, sitting by the edge of the lake.  She has a sword, but is it Excalibur and is the face on the tree Merlin or simply because I've been watching too much Game of Thrones?  These answers are for the viewer to work out. I've given you the details, but the story is yours to weave.

It's not quite finished, but nearly there.  As I was painting the horse in the back ground, I sat back and suddenly realised that I'd painted my own sweet horse Oliver, who left this world six years ago.  He's never far from my thoughts but it's still a surprise when he pops up in a painting :D

I've also been doing some smaller paintings  and this one is 'School for Seahorses'. I'll be getting some cards and prints made for Etsy soon, so keep an eye out for these :D

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Disaster!!!

Ok, so my sketching plans have not gone at all well.  The only way I can do this at the moment, while trying to juggle a busy schedule and my up and down health, is if I do just one word per week.  This is just for now and if I can extend the words then that's what I'll do.  So, the word for next week will still be Circus and I'll post up my picture over the weekend.

I hope that doesn't cause anyone any hassles and of course, you can add your own sketch words if you wish, just fill in the Linky and share your pictures on Monday.

All the best to you and happy sketching :D

Monday, 3 June 2013

Week 2 Sketches.

Ok dear people, here is the link for the sketches and mine will be posted tomorrow.  I'm afraid I've had a tiring couple of days and can't upload the sketches just yet.

Thank you to all the people who comment, read and take an interest in my blog.  You're all wonderful :D

Here is the Linky and can we have some suggestions for next weeks words?



I'd like to add Circus again for next week, as I still have so many images.  So far the words are:

Circus
Vagrant
Shell

Thursday, 30 May 2013

The advantages of being unwell.

As I've mentioned on 'the other blog', I've been very unwell for quite some time. Finally the Doctors have decided I have Fibromyalgia. It's horrible. I'm not as ill as some people with worse conditions, but I'm not able to live my life the way I always have and that's taken some getting used to.

There are some days when the pain is un-relenting and I have no choice but to go with it and lose much precious time that I would rather be out, with the ponies or dog. Instead I've begun sketching. Anything and everything, lying on the sofa with dog and cats for cuddles and a hot water bottle on my back or legs. The result has been sketchbooks filling up and my brain turning those images into paintings almost before I've finished drawing. These are my Silver Lining Days.


Sometimes, I wedge the hot water bottle between my back and my chair and paint until my shoulders tell me to stop.  My style is evolving and my pictures bring me so much happiness that I  wish I'd sat still and done this years ago.

So far these paintings have the working titles of  'Fox in the silver trees'
and 'Silver in the Darkwoods'. 
Would you believe, I have three more on the easel as I type!!!

Work and Play

I've been taking Manchee to the woods this week to make the most of the cool, inspiring atmosphere.  The top two photos are of the woods near to my house while the 3rd one is a little further away and I have to take the car.  At the moment the woods are full of the sounds of busy birds and the scents of bluebells and wild garlic.  The garlic is in flower right now and the smell can be overpowering, but after a night of heavy rain it was gorgeous, fresh and still very good to eat :D
I love this tree and the way it's roots spread out in all directions.  You can't tell from this picture, but it's huge and has a cute little fairy pool around the far side, I must take more pictures next time.
These woods we visit every other week, but they go on for miles and right now I haven't the strength to venture too far.  It's also where my friend the Woodelf lives.  She's so lucky to have all this surrounding her home :D
Finally, my Valkyrie made into a painting.  Quite different for me, but I'm finding the more time I spend painting, the more I surprise myself with what happens

Monday, 27 May 2013

Week 1 Sketches and words for week 2.

So here it is finally, the results for Week 1 of  the Word Sketches. 

How did everyone get on?  Well, I have to say that I had intended to do the sketches daily, but instead I left them until the weekend and fluffed them a bit, boo :(  This week, I intend to do the sketches each morning as a warm up before I get going with the paintings etc...

Well, here they are :


Sylvan.  This was a picture I sketched of a little fairy mound that I like to sit on in the woods.
   
Legend of the Valkyries, this has become a painting now which I'll share later.
Fusion, I like this idea and will explore it more.
Melody.  I pinched the idea for this from an old fairytale book I adored as a child.
Luminare, this is an old sketch that later became a painting, but I may redo it.
Time, and this is a very old sketch that later went on to become a clock!


Click on the picture to see it clearer.
I did cheat on two sketches that I already had, but the others flowed quite well.

Here is the Linky (I hope) for those of you who took part.  Add your details in the box below and fingers crossed.  I think this has been a bit of an experiment for week 1 and I hope to get it better next week.






The words I have for next week are:

Circus
Flutter
Dreaming
Phoenix
Water
Flamenco

Please let me know any feedback and also any words you want to include for Week 3.  Happy sketching :D

(My biggest headache, by the way, was getting the images resized and into a workable format.  My copy of Photoshop is more glitchy than a room full of Gremlins and my old standby the incredibly cheap and ancient Serif, is simply beyond my patience sometimes.  Still, it's done and I'll try and remember how I did it next week! )