That’s the new range. I know, I know, I’ve had at least 20 new ranges this year, Angel Mice, Cosplay Mice, the Artists etc but I think that’s what you have to do in this line of work, constantly evolve and try new things. I don’t want you lovely lot to get bored now do I?
First up are the meeces! Both made of gorgeous Harris Tweed and with individual decorations, including a bead necklace and a headdress of ribbon roses a la Frida Kahlo.
Then came the fox and the badger…
And then of course, being the owner of one of these strange beasts, I had to make a Frenchie!
You can now buy my little creations directly from this blog via Paypal, so why not treat yourself! Or if you prefer, head over to my etsy page for more information!
I’m still adding stock to the shop but you can soon find all of my available mice and brooches on the following link….. ‘Shop’
Right, I’m off to do some work on my Christmas stock…yes it’s still August but I need to get ahead of the game!
How are we in the middle of January already? We had snow for about three days last week but the same came out on Sunday and it was gone in a flash. Apparently we are heading for temperatures of 8 or 9 this week, with some sunshine so I’m planning to steam clean the patio and sort out my potting shed ready for planting some seeds. That’s going to involve putting the window and the door back on my greenhouse after those high winds last week though! 😀
Painting wise has involved me experimenting with feathers and fur! I’ve tried to incorporate some of the techniques I’ve learned with Anna Mason’s tutorials, they have proved to be invaluable and I will continue to recommend her online school to anyone who is interested in trying watercolours.
Flamingos are a favourite of mine, I’ve made quite a few in the last couple of years so it was only natural that I’d attempt one. I’m really happy with the feather work, not sure if the images are good enough to show the detail but there are LOTS of tiny brush strokes. I think the beak could do with a bit of work but I’ll go back to that at some point.
Someone suggested a puffin because of the beak, we all love puffins, they are real characters.
I’m having a few problems capturing the silveryness of the fish but I’m thinking of adding a bit of silver ink to it, that’s cheating isn’t it? I’m giving each layer of work, time to dry and also giving myself time away from the paintings so that I can go back to them with a fresh eye.
The other painting I’ve been working on, is a present for my husband. He’s not on Facebook so he won’t see the photo. It’s my attempt at painting one of our first dogs, Archie. Archie was this gorgeous little Jack Russell who we lost in the spring of 2001, 16 years ago but he is still a big memory for us. This is a very difficult painting for me as it’s one thing to paint a bird or flower from photos because it’s impersonal and easy to be happy with the result. As I work on this one, I’m finding so many errors and issues because I knew that little dog so, so well, it’s harder to capture his essence and personality. I know it’s at the early stages so I’m not giving myself too hard a time but even so it’s quite difficult.
We are still trying to tackle the garden of this beautiful house that we moved into last year, so whenever there has been a lovely day, I’m out there, if not weeding, then sunbathing 🙂
I managed to finish a small Snowy Owl, he’s still available on my etsy shop by the way.
I may not have made very many birds but tried a few new techniques. I know that my work, especially the larger pieces can be quite expensive so I really wanted to make some more affordable pieces but still retain the artistic and unique elements of my work.
I played around with fabric paints, there was a disaster which went in the bin, then a lovely robin, which gave me a little more confidence.
Then I tried a flamingo, a lot smaller than the usual ones and bloody hell that was tricky doing that neck and beak! He’s ended up as a giveaway prize as although he’s lovely, I didn’t feel as though I could charge anyone for him…
Then another Robin but this time with some embroidery elements, taking it back to my embellished birds.
I’m not sure where I’m going next. It’s really hard to get motivated at the moment with so much else going on. It’s a strong consideration to wind the business down at the moment as well. Registering as a sole trader, having to do those bloody tax returns takes a lot of joy out of creating for me and am entering CBA (Can’t be Arsed) mode again.
I feel as though I’ve been working on this Osprey forever. I suppose I have, if only because my back problem kept me from doing much to him. I still have the problem but pain meds, physio and acupuncture have given me a bit more movement and less pain.
He’s now available in my etsy shop so pop along to see how much he is, there. Or if you are interested and don’t want to go through that, you can send me a message on my facebook page and we can go from there using paypal. (Same price as on etsy).
Another week starts and I have two commissions I’m hoping to finish. Yes, I know the week started yesterday but I had one of those days where nothing gets done, although to be fair I cleaned the house and did a huge pile of ironing.
I’m still on a bit of a high after last week. After a major redesign of this site and a reworking of my prices, I started last week with lots of motivation and positive thoughts and shockingly, I still have them. Last week also saw a new bird fly into my portfolio, a small Tawny Owl. I’ve never done an owl before so it was a steep learning curve, especially with the head shape.
You can see some of the stages of his face, pulling in those eye sockets to form a bed for his eyes. I still think they could have been pulled in more but it was difficult to do that without altering the shape of his head.
I really wanted to put a small mouse in his talons and thought I’d have a go at needle felting again. I’ve done it once before to make a flat cap for one of my wedding groom birds. I can’t see it being an art/craft that I do a lot, aside from the injuries to my poor fingers from those needles, I found it very trying. Therapeutic to stab something so much but still very trying.
If you are interested in an owl, he’s on my portfolio page along with the price. I’m looking forward to trying a few different owls in the future.
This week however, I’m making two small bee brooches and a wren, like the ones below. The wren is on my portfolio page already with pricing but I’ll be adding the bee later when I get some more photos. The bees will be priced at £35 + p&p so if you are interested, please let me know and I’ll give you a timeframe for when I can accept orders again.
I should have my order books open by the end of September if not sooner but I’ll keep you updated.
Right, time for more coffee and to start one of those bees!