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