Thursday, 30 December 2010

Vicki's painting

Just thought I would add a photo of a minature watercolour painting I did for my friend, Vicki, as a Christmas present.

Private Commission - Portrait in Elizabethan Style.

My friend, Rhian Doyle, asked me to paint a portrait of her husband, Alan, in Elizabethan costume.  It was for a Christmas present from her to him.  As I only had a couple of weeks to complete it, I painted it digitally and then sent it to my printers and had it printed as a giclee print.  Rhian's only request was that it should be black and white, the colours of Alan's favourite football team.  As I originally studied costume design, I have lots of books on the history of clothes as reference and I spent hours looking at the lovely clothes instead of working!  A painting of Sir Walter Raleigh also inspired me.  Here is the finished portrait anyway, and the preliminary sketch.   Alan was very pleased with it :)  I just wish I hadn't decided to paint a doublet with so many slashes!!!!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Merry Christmas

This will be my last blog post before Christmas (probably) so I thought I would post my painting of a Christmas fairy carrying the gift of Christmas spirit (thanks Elise Hoogsteden-Roberts for that idea:). Merry Christmas everyone and hope you have a great holiday xx Ho ho ho! ;-) xx

Needle Felted Bunny

Just thought I'd add a new needle felted friend I made for my friend for Christmas.  It didn't turn out as well as I hoped... I think the eyes are in the wrong place... but considering she started off as a cat, this whole project hasn't gone to plan, lol.

Friday, 17 December 2010

A Christmas Drawing For a Friend

My friend doesn't know this yet (and I hope she doesn't look at my blog) but I did a little festive drawing of her dog 'Billy' for a handmade Christmas Card ;)  I'm posting it to her tomorrow, so I'll let you know what she thinks of it.  I was going to paint it but I've run out of time.  Christmas has just appeared out of nowhere! 

Monday, 13 December 2010

The Frog Prince

A little sketch from my sketchbook of 'The Frog Prince', which I want to develop into a painting in the future when I've finished my current projects :)

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Needle Felted Duck

I finally took a photo of the needle felted duck I made for my sister to give to her friend.  It isn't a very good photo but you can see what she looks like.  My sister's friend loved her, 'especially her chubby cheeks' she said.  I used wire in her legs so they can bend.