Thursday, 30 December 2010
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
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.