Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Sold, sold, sold for WOYWW

The art show was last week
and joy of joys,
I sold all of my pieces.

Now I can buy heaps more
goodies and more art lessons.

My desk is a mess as usual
this week, I kinda left for class
in a hurry and left bits where they were.

I'm working on Mr Pelican again
and during the few minutes I had
over the last week I roughed in his beak
and his eye.
Not looking too good there,
it's more like he got into the brandy and
is blind drunk.
Today in class I fixed up the darker blue bits on
his feathers and my teacher
taught me a secret way to do foam on water
 (so I can't tell you how I did it).

 How cool does that look.
I had the best time playing with it.
Now all I have to do is finish the beak
and eye and another canvas is done!

I love the watery stuff so much that I'm going to ditch 
the cockatoos for a while and start another
water painting.

It's winter school holidays here
so I have to keep little miss out of trouble,
especially now as she has
 discovered boys!!!
Oh the pain!!!
Just hope I can pick up a
paint brush this week.

That's my messy desk for this week
now go to 
and see the other desks
around the world
this cold wintery


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Lettuce Soap for WOYWW

It's been a while since I 
but nothing has changed really,
I'm still a grot and here's the proof.
Stuff everywhere as usual.
In the back you can see my latest fun toy.
The square grid to hold my paint brushes
it's great cos I don't have to put them in my mouth now.
Oh the times I've put the wrong end in or
the paint was up the handle and it got my mouth.
I know it's poisonous but what doesn't
kill you makes you stronger and boy am I strong!

I visited a dear friend last week and she gave me
some gorgeous gifts.
One was a teapot and since she is a fabulous artist
seeing her studio inspired me to pick up
my pencil and start drawing again.
I'm a bit rusty but I'm pleased with it.

This friend is as mad as me and she understands
my sick sense of humour, so the next gift
was me all over.
Yes, you read it correctly 
Lettuce Soap!!

You could take this a few ways,
it could be to wash lettuce
or it could be a human soap.
I prefer the latter as it would be hard to soap up
a lettuce leaf.

Using lettuce soap is in itself
fraught with danger
as I have a chook
(that's a chicken for non Australians)
and now she is looking at me
with a strange glint in her eyes.
I'm sure she can smell the lettuce 
and is just waiting for the right moment
to strike with that killer beak.
Have to wonder if Tracey thought this through
when she bought it 
or is it her evil sense of humour.
If her next painting is of someone
running around a backyard with a chook chasing her
I'll know.
So while I still have my fingers and toes
attached, here is what I'm playing with
at the moment
  It's at the poo kack stage but will be two
cockatoos eventually.
I put them together and got the sense that the one
in the tree (that you can't see yet)
is saying "And where have you been?"
I'll have to try and get that sheepish 
look in the blokes eyes.

That's my week,
why not pop over to 
and check out the other desks
around the world
this cold and windy 

Friday, 13 June 2014

It pays to trust your teacher.

I've been locked away
painting like mad and
I've finally almost
very nearly
finished my paintings for the show.
Now I know it's only three paintings
but considering I used to be so
podantic that it took over a year
to paint one,
I think I'm doing well.
My icky poo canvas was the last
one I had to finish
and it is almost there
just the sides, hanger and sealer to go.

Remember icky poo
Blah, it still makes me shudder,
well after squillions of layers
of paint and glazes
and trusting my teacher
(that was hard)
this is the finished product.

It seems there is an element of truth
in the icky poo background making the
main subject look brighter.
Of course I knew it would look like this
from the very beginning
(cough, cough).

It does look better from a distance
as the background appears
to have more depth.
 But I like the cheeky birds up close too.

I also did another painting ready to go
to a local shop, it's nearly finished too.

It started like this (yuk)
 After a lot of texture paste and ink
it went to this

 Then with a lot of paint and ink to this

and presently it looks like this

This was taken on my phone so it's not a great
shot but there is sure a lot of depth
building in this one.
It's still a bit dark for me at the moment.

I've finished my jellyfish painting as well.

 There are still some blobs left
unjellified, just so that people
can find their own jellies.
The painting is far more vibrant than the photo
I just can't seem to capture the colours
so you'll just have to believe me.

Now I just hope someone buys them
cos I've spent a fortune on more
canvasses and art goodies,
just couldn't help my self.

 I've started an equally
icky poo background
in turquoise and orange.
When it's all blended together
you get a sort of an orange
meets TNT over the water effect.
Not too pretty I can tell you.

Somehow this is going to be
two cockatoos  in a tree.
Trust your teacher, just keep saying it,
trust your teacher.....

I'm running out of ideas for paintings.
I tried the old stand by of
a still life with flowers in a vase
but of course no matter how I tried
it was sooo BORING.
May have to think of flowers
with a twist somehow.

Linking up to PPF

Friday, 2 May 2014

Dreary day for painting.

Now I know we need rain
and yes it's vital for life
but who says it can't only rain at night
or when I don't have time to paint.

It's pouring outside and 
dark and dreary inside.

Yes, I know I could buy a daylight bulb
but hubby won't go for that
and I don't think it would work in my daggy old
ceiling fan anyway.
By the way the ceiling fan gave up the ghost
this summer so I can't use it anyway.

I'm starting to think that my
icky poo, pookack coloured canvas
is causing this icky poo weather.

It all started in my painting class.
It seems that I'm tone blind, as opposed to tone deaf,
which I could be but that's another story.
I can copy a colour as a finished product but I can't 
do layers of the mid tones and darks and lights,
so my teacher made me turn a beautiful pale blue and
 turquoisy lilac canvas into the monstrosity
 you see before you.

Now I have to try and put in the birds colours using their tones
and not just the crazy bright colours that I usually do.

I was forced, kicking and screaming, 
well whinging and whining,
to mix up the yuk greeny yellow for the tail in class
but now I have it at home I've brightened
 up a bit with the wing.
Yes I know, the wing should be a browny colour but I just couldn't do it
and since my teacher isn't here, I'm doing it brightish.
Oops, couldn't help myself here,
 probably get in trouble for that.
Not supposed to put all the bits in with paint
 as I'm going to glaze in the tones. 
 So I'll bring it down for the red bits.
Eew, it looks so flat and boring, I know the glaze
 will do all sorts of things to make it better
 but my little brain can't seem to see it.
I have to do the body now. 
Since it's so dark and dreary I may 
have to use much brighter colours. 
 Of course that's just so I can see it
in this light, you understand don't you?

Just to brighten up this day, 
I've finished my other bird.
He's nice and bright!!

The photo was taken yesterday
 when the sun was out (sigh).
I'm calling it "Hanging with my buds"
get it??  I know I'm a sad cookie.

Linking up to Paint Party Friday

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Bitza week for WOYWW

This last week has been a bitsa week.
I've done bitsa this and bitsa that
but nothing much of anything at all.

Firstly for those who don't want to 
suffer through my ramblings
and multitude of photos,
here is my desk.
 Same old mess
but something is different
 Little Miss used my computer and
lost my Doctor Who desk top pic
(ooh the inhumanity)
but she redeemed herself by
creating an even better one.

How cool is that, now my Dalek has a friend!!

I've been playing with a few canvasses this week,
one I love, one is just plain nuts
and one is yuk (at the moment).
-The one I love-
My jelly fish have been appearing out of the 
ocean depths.


I've been trying to think of a good title
for when it's finished.
What do you think of 
Attack of the Jellygobbles??

-The one that's just plain nuts-
Mr Pelican is home
but far from finished.

Stupid here forgot to add white paint
to the white gloopy stuff.
It dries clear you see and of course
now he looks as though he's 
a dirty little grub, which of course he may be
especially if he is part of my mad family.

- The yuk one-

I'm learning tonal colour and so I have to start
with muddy (proper term for pookack) colours
and move up to brights.
I just can't get past those icky poo colours.
Ewww, makes me shudder just looking at it.
I tell you, how on earth am I supposed to get
glorious bright colours out of that poop.

I trust my teacher but this time I'm not so sure.

Well that's my week so far,
sorry for all the pictures and ramblings Julia.

Now why don't you hop across to
check out other desks around the world.

I bet they don't have poopy pookack

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Birdy has a head for WOYWW

At last my poor little bird
is headless no more.

As well as his head I've done some
tinkering.  I've repainted the green feathers
and re inked them and darkened, with inks,
the area above his tail, to make it disappear a little.

Still lots more to do, re brighten the flowers,
give him a foot before he falls off the canvas
and do the highlights on his face,
but I'm getting there.

My desk has some goodies on it this week.
My hubby was over in Scotland with school rugby
in the Easter holidays and he brought
back some Scottish things and some wonderful things

 I'm not the only one excited by Doctor Who goodies,
Nessie was so excited that she is swooning in the back ground.
Gotta love a hubby that knows what you like :)
 This is above my window and I keep forgetting to
show it, my prize from Lunch Lady Jan
has a permanent home above my desk.
It's Christmas every day now!

Here's the wide shot of my WIP's.
See that blah canvas in the middle,
this morning it was like this
Then it went to this
and ended up like this
Ewww!!  I have to get the back ground all cacky
so that the birds I'm going to put on really stand out.
I'm not convinced it's going to work but my teacher
said to trust her, hmmm.

On top of all this weirdness my crazy pelican is
even crazier.

 I hate how the beak turned out but I am going to 
use glazes to correct the bad smooshing.
Sigmond's (that's the pelican) dark feathers 
are actually purple so the whole thing ties in,
I just can't get the photo right with the phone camera.
This will either be an epic fail
or a crazy fun painting, not sure which yet.

That's pretty much all of interest I've done
this week, so now you've seen mine
hop over to Julia's
and see what's been happening on
other desks around the world.