Thursday, 14 May 2009

Lottie - Finished

Here is the finished version of Lottie, awaiting approval. It's got to be said that it was lovely to do a painting that didn't take as long as the last one and wasn't so fiddly! Also, this was only 10x12" whereas Daniel was 14x18" so the size made a huge difference too. I loved doing both of them but it was a relief to be back in my comfort zone for this one! And on the request of fellow artist Laura Hardie I am going to put on my showcase blog the work in progress for a racing painting I am currently working on so please visit that blog and see how it's coming along.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009


Here are a couple of updates of Lottie, the bottom being the latest. I don't get to paint many cats and being a bit cat crazy, it's always so enjoyable when I do get one, plus Lottie looks very like a cat my husband once owned.

Monday, 11 May 2009


Here is the very first stage of Lottie, looking a bit like my nephew has had a go! I've put down the background and then the first layer of colour on to Lottie to block out the canvas. She will start to look better soon, I promise!

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Daniel - Finished

Here is the finished version of Daniel, waiting incase any tweaks are needed. And yes, I have spent a sunny Sunday afternoon finishing the painting! I simplified Daniel's pj's for two reasons, one being so not to distract from his face by them being quite busy and two.... to make them easier for me to paint. Now, time to go out and make the most of the rest of the sunny weather. Especially now hubby has finished gardening and I can stop hiding indoors pretending to work!!

Friday, 8 May 2009


Still getting there!! Nearly finished the blue of his pyjama's, just the detail to put in. I thought I'd show the painting as it is on my easel so you can get more of a feel as to how it looks when I'm working on it. The colour of the painting never comes out as strong as in real life when I take a photo of it on the easel with indoor lighting but I take the final photo under natural lighting which helps bring out the colours.

Thursday, 7 May 2009


Just his clothing to go! Think they're Iggle Piggle pyjamas but my knowledge of kids telly is rather poor!

Wednesday, 6 May 2009


Finally I have moved on from his face! Hair painted today and the under layers to his arms and legs which is currently drying. For some very strange reason, I absolutely love painting hair, even though it needs to be so fine. Perhaps that's part of the challenge but I really do love painting hair especially when it's blonde like mine!

Tuesday, 5 May 2009


Must stop!! As predicted, I spent Friday afternoon and then all today, fiddling with the skin tone and have now re-done it about 6 times!!! The silly thing is that there wasn't really anything wrong with the layers I painted over but I'm a bit of a perfectionist and would spot the tiniest thing I wasn't happy with and then had to go over the entire thing to make sure the paint colour matched all over. I'm telling myself to stop now as I'm happy with it and hope I won't spot something tomorrow when I start painting again.

Friday, 1 May 2009


Here's Daniel as of lunchtime today. I'm on to something like the 4th layer of skin tones as I put one down, then notice a small bit I'm not happy with so re-do the whole face to make sure the colour is the same all over and then notice another bit I'm not happy with and it goes on! I'm happy with it at the moment though so will finish the finer details and the top right hand side of his forehead and will then move on or I'll never get the painting finished!! But no doubt I will come back after I've had some lunch and fiddle with some bits of the face!