Sunday, 22 January 2012

Ed Wood, wood, wood

Today I have mostly been painting wood.
I have finished one plaque for a dear little girl, and have started another...here are some snippets until they are sent to their new homes.
As I start a new name plaque I haven't quite decided on a theme, and then the ideas start to flow as I think of the name, and I find it's not easy to stop and go to bed (like now at 00h13!). The wood seems to give a life to the paintings that I haven't found yet on paper. Perhaps their rough edges (well, smooth but shabby) are what make the difference. The wood is reclaimed from the family farm (my sustainability-enthusiastic sister will, of course, approve) and the paints have changed from the Reeves acrylics to the Craig&Rose 1829 range...mostly because they're not quite as vibrant and give a matt effect that acrylics just can't pull off. They're both used where necessary, but for these two plaques, the Craig&Rose won hands down.
I've another project on wood (shh, this one isn't actually out of the bag yet) to get started on. All at the 'thought' stage, I guess these name plaques are good practice for me...as this 'other' project is going to be something special x

'Til then, g'night all!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Rock and roll

Good evening, it's nearly time for sleep before an early start tomorrow. I much prefer my lie ins, especially in the winter, but I guess a few 05h30 rises are good for the soul...
I've started my A Year of Greetings project and the first card's theme has landed a '50s feel. I love that era (aesthetically speaking), and will no doubt be rolling out a few more along the same style.
Other plans are afoot, and darn it if time is too short. The year has started well with 6 new orders by 6th January. Enough to keep me busy, you could say. Strangely, they are all different requests which gives me a lovely positive vibe that I am able to churn out some diverse material. As well working on new stuff I thought I'd show what I managed to do for my daughter, Eden (the namesake), which is slightly experimental (as with most of my work).


Onwards and upwards...

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Hogmanay 2011

Happy New Year folks, wow, what an end to the year 2011.

This year started with some level of uncertainty, with each day a stepping stone to something brighter, more certain, more creative, and a realisation that my passion really is in my art. This has been a journey that was meant to be. I have ended with a wealth of vision for what I want to achieve and what I want to create. So here's to our mistakes, and failures that help us to build our strengths. Here's to being inspired and loving to create, to bringing a smile to others and building hopes for our future. In good spirit and in good health. Bring on 2012!

...and here's what I finished the year with, a delightful plaque for a little boy.