So, I have finally finished the watercolour portrait for a family member.
I have also finished an African piece that is my first attempt at oil painting. The subject is a portrait of a child from the Maasi tribe. I love all their bright colours and patterns they wear.
I have recently been asked to donate a piece of work to a charity auction. It is going towards helping young people get back into work. The auction was a huge success and overall raised an impressive £5000! Here is the piece I entered, an original painting done a few years ago:
I have been asked to do a portrait of a family member and said I would ‘try my best’ but so far have suprised myself. I took my time on this one and it’s going better than expected. There is so much concentration involved in portraits of people (hence why I dont usually bother, I am too impatient haha) I should really except more commisions like this. I need to belive in my painting a bit more. Here is the progress so far:
You may have noticed from previous posts that I have a slight aquarium/tropical fishkeeping addiction. I am forever trying to upgrade my stock, tank etc. and managed to grab a bargain light unit to fit my 5 foot aquarium I also have some new additions as well as on the verge of making my own glass sliding lid. My old canopy was made from wood and the lighting was quite poor. (My poor little plants) but now they will have plenty of light! Here are some update photos:
I do not paint in watercolour very often and it’s even rarer that I paint ‘people portraits’ haha let alone of myself but I thought ‘hey, why not give it a go’. So, here are the various stages of the process. Enjoy
The original photo
The great ‘Madiba’ has gone to his final resting place at last. One of the greatest people to be alive in my generation. Despite the fact he is no longer with us I admire the people of South Africa who mourn by celebration. To look back at all the good things he has done really put into perspective how loved he was around the world.
This post is dedicated to all the friends and extra family members I have gained in South Africa. I am very much looking forward to understanding more about this great man and watching the film about his life.
So xmas came early for me this year, courtesy of my amazing boyfriend. I wanted to have one huge aquarium instead of the two smaller ones I currently have. Fish have moved from a pokey flat to a mansion haha Here are some the pictures of all my lovely people trying to install the massive 125 gallon monster! Thought we were gonna have to take the front door off to get it in lol
From this to…..
So I went on a glitter mod podge rampage this week. Maybe because the holidays are coming up that my ‘festive-ness’ got the better of me. I wanted everthing to sparkle from a pair of wedges to my dslr. Scary stuff glittering one of my fav possessions, but doesn’t my camera look swanky? Despite the fact that the cat was covered in glitter, I’d say it was worth it 😀
So, the past week or two iv been trying to make my very first mold! This is in preparation for ToyCon next year so I can sell resin toys as well as plush. Anyway, I got my rubber latex and my recently made golden antler model. I was pretty excited! Only for that feeling to ve shattered by the antlers breaking off as I pushed it into the clay. I wanted a two piece mold but now I had no model to make it from until I found one of my Russian dolls and inspiration struck. In excitement I poured the latex over the dolls. Days later it still wasn’t drying, apparently its silicone you can pour but latex needs to be brushed on in layers urghh. I scooped out most of the liquid and turned it upside down to start again. Whilst doing another one at the same time! It’s been a steep learning curve but hopefully it will all be worth it. I will be posting the results very soon. Might even do a tutorial if all goes well
So, I want to make some toy models for ToyCon next year so started playing with clay. I made these using air dry clay and painted them with acrylic. The next step is pretty scary as I want to make a silicone mold from a model then finally make a resin cast from that mold! Its a long process and I have not done this before so im taking my time to do everything right. I photographed my modelling stage below: