Monday, 15 March 2010

This Blog Has Moved!

I have taken the decision to move my blog to Wordpress because of some of the features I can get via that provider so you will no longer be able to follow my blogs via Blogger.  The new address for this blog is so please change your favourites, subscribe to that blog via email etc and delete this Blogger address and I look forward to seeing you over there!  If you've any questions, please don't hesitate in asking.

Thursday, 11 March 2010


I managed to finish Jack's neck today and am quite pleased with it so far, although the colours aren't showing correctly as I talked about in my previous post.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010


Time to make a start back on my commissions after having just spent a lovely month over in Australia! I lived over there for a year doing the backpacking thing about 12 years ago and have wanted to go back ever since and we finally had the opportunity to do so, so I made sure we made the most of it and went for a month! We travelled from Brisbane down to Melbourne and had a wonderful time, even with a friend's wedding thrown in to make it extra special.

Must stop daydreaming and get back to the subject! This painting is of a very handsome grey called Jack. As you can see, I have put down the background colour and made a start on him. I'm going to have to change my methods a bit on this painting as the photo to work from is quite small so doesn't have huge amounts of detail so I'm going to have to loosen up a bit and not work in tiny detail mode like I normally do. I've made a start putting down some base layers and will work up from there. For those new to my work in progress blog, I need to point out that the photos I take during this process are rarely exactly the same colour as the original painting. It's really difficult to get the camera to copy it exactly, plus lighting plays a huge part in how the photo turns out. Also, with acrylics, they can have a slightly shiny appearance until I put on a coat of matt varnish when I'm finished so this can also show up in the photos too.